Home > Bugs & Viruses > Should You Be an iOS 9 Beta Tester? Should You Be an iOS 9 Beta Tester? David Adams 2015-07-14 Bugs & Viruses 7 Comments A few days ago, Apple released documentation on how any user can download and use the latest iOS beta. Apple doesn’t usually run public betas, so it puts users in an interesting position. Should you do it? The Independent reviews the pros and cons. About The Author David Adams Follow me on Twitter @david_adams 7 Comments 2015-07-14 2:13 am leos So far so good on my 5S. Couple bugs and the new podcast app is not a step up, but overall nice. Battery life a bit better than before, and some nice new touches, like turn by turn directions pausing a podcast while giving directions rather than ducking the audio so you don’t miss anything. Edited 2015-07-14 02:16 UTC 2015-07-14 8:33 am Kochise After all, if I’m doing Apple’s work at testing their softwares… 2015-07-14 2:22 pm Morgan Nonsense. Do Windows Insiders get free Lumias or Surface tablets? No. Do Android developers get a free Nexus? No. Being a beta tester is voluntary, something you choose to do because you like to live on the edge, or you want to see the new features and decide whether you’ll take the latest upgrade. No one is forcing you to do it, and no one is going to give you free gear for scratching your own itch, even if it benefits them. 2015-07-14 4:24 pm Kochise I dunno, maybe : http://blogs.msdn.com/b/zxue/archive/2012/02/21/free-windows-phone-… http://techcrunch.com/2010/03/02/google-handing-out-free-nexus-ones… http://androidandme.com/2010/03/news/google-rewards-android-devs-wi… 2015-07-14 5:05 pm Morgan Hmmm, the first one was for a few select government developers to assist with developing a specific type of app for Windows Phone (“Your application MUST BE a Public Sector Windows Phone App”). The Android giveaway was a seeding program, again for developers (and only “top developers”) from the days when Android had a single digit market share. So, no: No one is giving Joe User a free phone in exchange for beta testing an OS point release. 2015-07-14 10:49 pm MacDaddy iOS 9 isn’t quite ready for prime time, but it’s dang close. Installed on a 128gb iPhone 6+, and 16gb iPad Air 1. – Very Stable for a beta. – News app on iPad freezes and quits. – DropBox app freezes on iPhone – Picture in Picture video is nice on iPad – New Music app The Good, It’s stable and works solid. The Bad, the layout and UI is a little too busy, I have 12,000 songs in my iTunes match, so I already have about any tune I ever wanted, Saying that, having the Apple Radio in the same app is useless for me, Need the option of completely disabling the radio part of the UI. – Battery life is a little better, but I have yet to try the “Battery Saver” mode. – The Notes upgrade is awesome, no more need to pay for Evernote. 2015-07-15 4:37 pm franksands I don’t have an iPhone, but would love to play around with it. Does anyone know if it’s possible to run on a vm?