Apple encourages iOS 16 beta testers to submit bugs to improve software quality

    Apple recently released iOS 16, iPadOS 16, watchOS 9, and macOS Ventura, all of which are substantial platform updates. With iOS and iPadOS 16, Apple is taking additional measures to persuade users testing the company’s latest software to report any bugs or issues they find so that they can be corrected before the program’s release this fall.

    The updates will not be released to the public until later this fall, but participants of Apple’s developer program will be allowed to test and operate the software on their devices throughout the summer. The testing is intended to assist developers in preparing their apps for the updates, as well as enabling Apple to rectify and gather feedback on the updates before they are released to millions of users. Furthermore, because the program is pre-release, it is generally riddled with vulnerabilities and flaws. The Feedback app is pre-installed and can be used by beta testers to report any issues they discover.

    Pop-up for reporting issues

    Starting with iOS 16 and iPadOS 16 beta 1 released this week, if an iPhone or iPad crashes, reboots, or experiences a substantial system-wide bug, the system will instantly stimulate the beta tester to submit the issue to Apple, along with any applicable logs that Apple’s engineer could utilize in rectifying the issue. Apple has also provided suggestions on how to submit successful bug reports to assist users ahead of WWDC 2022 this week.

    With many new software updates rolling out this fall, Apple is expecting that the new pop-up and developer advisory will assist in the discovery and repair of bugs before the updates’ release, leading to a more stable experience for users. Later next month, the general public will be able to test iOS 16, iPadOS 16, macOS Ventura, and watchOS 9.

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