Apple has just released the first beta version of its highly anticipated iPhone operating system to registered developers of the iOS Developer Program. Bearing build number 13A4254v the beta update is now available for compatible iOS devices such as iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 5s, 5c, 5, 4S, iPad Air 2, iPad Air, iPad mini 3, Retina iPad mini, iPad mini, iPad 4, iPad 3, iPad 2 and iPod touch 5g.
You can install the beta even if you are not a registered developer. While you might be curious to lay your hands on the new software, there are a few things you need to pay heed to before you go ahead and install the beta software.
The following is a list containing the top reasons on why you should avoid the iOS 9 beta.
Like the iOS 8, the iOS 9 might have compatibility issues with third party apps. These issues are not due to the fault of the developer, but that these apps need to be updated with support for the latest iOS iteration. The updated apps will be available in the App Store once Apple rolls out the Gold master version of iOS 9, expected in September.
Beta software usually comes with bugs, which can create the Springboard to crash or experience reboot issues. This can be very annoying when you are in the middle of any work. When the iOS is in its beta state, Apple will fix issues and developers will also update their apps, allowing compatibility with the new version.
iOS 9 downgrade
Even though you can easily perform a downgrade from iOS 9 to the current iOS 8.3, you will not be able to restore your device from an iOS 9 backup after downgrade. You would be able to restore your device to an iOS 8 compatible backup. Hence, there is the possibility of losing data between the time you perform an upgrade and downgrade.
If you upgrade your jailbroken device to iOS 9, you will lose jailbreak. The jailbreak developer might release a tool only after the public version is available.
Recently, the Pangu team is reported to have successfully demonstrated the iOS 8.3 jailbreak at the Mosec convention in Beijing. The team is expected to release a jailbreak after Apple makes iOS 8.4 public.
In case you run into any issue after the iOS 9 beta upgrade, you will neither receive help from Apple nor from the developer. You will have to wait until the next beta brings the fixes or, for the final official release.
The first few iOS 9 betas will not be optimised to deliver flawless performance. Installing a beta with unoptimised features could impact the performance of the device.