7 Reasons to Skip iOS 8 Beta

The iOS 8 update won’t land for the public until sometime this fall but thanks to the beta program, there is a way to get hands-on with the update ahead of its release. That said, while getting the new iOS update early might sound like a great idea, there are actually some very good reasons to skip the iOS 8 beta.

As expected, Apple debuted its latest version of iOS, iOS 8, on stage at WWDC 2014. Like all previous iOS updates, the software will be bringing a significant changes to the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch owners later in the year. While WWDC 2014 did not show off all of iOS 8′s rumored features, there are still plenty of additions that have iPhone and iPad owners excited, particularly the changes the company made to iMessage.

Users can install the iOS 8 beta on a number of devices.

Users can install the iOS 8 beta on a number of devices.

Unfortunately for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad owners, that excitement is diminished by the fact that Apple won’t be releasing the software until sometime this fall, possibly in September alongside the iPhone 6. Fortunately, there is a way to get iOS 8 right now and that’s in the form of the iOS 8 beta.

As expected, Apple released the iOS 8 beta to developers today so that they will be able to tinker with the software ahead of its arrival this fall. Paying developers are now able to install iOS 8 beta onto their iPhones, iPads and iPod touches well before the release of iOS 8. Developers that wish to join Apple’s beta program only need to pay the $99 fee for access to the new update.

Before downloading the iOS 8 beta, there are some things that developers need to keep in mind. iPhone, iPad and iPod touch owners who are thinking about taking the plunge with iOS 8 beta should know that it’s not all fun and games and that it’s nothing like downloading and installing a regular Apple update.

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That said, here are seven reasons to skip the iOS 7 beta.

If You Don’t Have a Backup Device

If your iPhone is your only smartphone or  if your iPad is your only tablet, then you probably want to skip the iOS 8 beta. iOS beta updates are in the beta program for a reason. They are unfinished and have the potential to wreck havoc on your device. Last year’s iOS 7 beta and OS X Mavericks beta caused numerous problems for users in the build up to their public releases.

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Users that are heavily dependent on their iPhone or iPad either for work, school or leisure will certainly want to think twice about installing it. Those that own multiple iPhones or iPads are in a little better shape though as we’ll point out, there are a number of other reasons to avoid installing the iOS 8 beta.

Non-Functioning iPhone or iPad

Forgetful types and those that do a lot of traveling will probably want to skip the iOS 8 beta. This is due to the fact that Apple’s beta software expires after a certain amount of time.

After a beta update expires, devices that aren’t updated to the latest version of the beta will become temporarily bricked until they can connect to a computer and update to the current beta.

In some cases, that could mean weeks without access to a phone or tablet, something that obviously isn’t going to be an attractive side effect for you iPhone and iPad users. Additionally, once the software does become available, owners will have to download and restore their iPhone which is an extremely slow process.

iOS 8 Beta Could Break Apps

Another major headache that iOS 8 beta users could run into are incompatible or unstable applications. After installing iOS 8 beta, there is a very good chance that some applications will start behaving badly. Whether that is general instability like random crashes or broken features, we almost always see iOS beta users complain about problems with applications.

Apps run great on IOS 7.1.1 on the iPhone 5s.

Apps run great on IOS 7.1.1 on the iPhone 5s.

Some users have reported increasingly good functionality with Apple’s beta software but that doesn’t mean that iOS 8 beta is going to be flawless. Beta software releases never are. So before installing the iOS 8 beta, know that applications have the potential to go haywire.

Pain to Downgrade

Installing the iOS 8 beta might be a painless process but what if you run into issues and decide to go back to iOS 7? Well, there are ways of doing that but they are time consuming and will cause headaches for those that either haven’t performed the process before or consider themselves extremely impatient.

Simply put, there is no easy way to downgrade back to iOS 7. It’s a pain in the neck and if possible, it’s a process that iPhone and iPad owners are going to want to avoid. In other words, you need to be absolutely sure that installing the iOS 8 beta is what you want lest you want to face the downgrade process in the face.

Lose iOS Jailbreak

If you install the iOS 8 beta, you’re going to lose your jailbreak. Even worse, you’re not going to be able to go back to a version of iOS 7 that is jailbreakable. Unfortunately, an iOS 7.1.1 jailbreak remains available for the iPhone and iPad. It’s only available for iOS 7.0 and the developers have made it clear that they probably won’t be releasing a jailbreak until iOS 8 arrives in the fall.

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Jailbreaking an iPhone or iPad allows for intense customization that Apple doesn’t allow inside of its closed operating system. iOS updates continually add features that were once only available through a jailbreak but there still are plenty of reasons to jailbreak an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

Just remember that you won’t be able to do so if you shift to the iOS 8 beta.

Bugs

iOS 8 is an unpolished version of iOS. There is a reason it’s in the beta process. If none of other reasons are enough to get you to skip the iOS 8 beta, consider this.

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iOS betas are typically very unreliable in general. In the past, we’ve heard about and seen decreases in battery life, problems with cellular and Wi-Fi connectivity and general instability including random reboots. Betas are betas and they are meant for developers and not the general public.

iSO 8 beta problems haven’t surfaced yet because the update is just a few hours old but rest assured, we’ll see a number of issues pop up over the next few months as Apple releases more iOS 8 beta updates to developers.

It May Not Be Worth the Trouble

In addition to potential iOS 8 beta problems, iOS 8 beta probably isn’t the full version of iOS 8. In fact, we’re quite sure that this is a watered down version of the update.

Apple only announced a fraction of the software features that are expected to debut alongside iOS 8 this fall. In fact, it left out several of the most rumored and most exciting iOS 8 features including split-screen multitasking for iPad.

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There are certainly some features to like but the iOS 8 beta that’s available right now isn’t the fully featured iOS 8 update that will arrive this fall and thus, for many, it may not be worth the trouble.

Comments

    • darkpenguin350ail's archrival says

      By “a lot”, do you mean “once”? Because other than “here are seven reasons to skip the iOS 7 beta”, all of the references to iOS 7 are actually talking about that version. Sure, the phrase appears quite a few times, but it is natural to compare the current version to the beta version of a product, and this in no way implies that lines or paragraphs were copy/pasted from previous articles.
      That being said, I must admit that this article could easily replace “iOS 7″ and “iOS 8 beta” with any iteration of “iOS N” and “iOS N+1 beta”, with only a few details which are actually specific to these two versions.

  1. dancing penguin says

    uh…pain to downgrade? Took about 2 minutes. Holding option key and choosing iOS 7 firmware, oh no, the pain, it kills me. This whole article sounds like someone is upset there are new features.

  2. Dark IOS8 says

    Ill give you a reason to skip this article, because its stupid. If you want to try IOS 8 go ahead, look for a good post on how to downgrade to ios 7 if you have an issue, and thats it. Dont listen to the fool who copy and pasted from a previous post.

  3. Phil says

    Lmfao this article is AWFUL. Is this a joke? It’s like, reasons why not to use iOS 8:

    1) You might not want to
    2) Idk, just don’t
    3) It’s a pain
    4) It’s annoying
    5) It’s buggy
    6) It might not work
    7) I feel like it would be annoying to have iOS 8

    Like wtf

  4. kyle says

    DID YOU HAVE TO RESTORE BECAUSE YOUR UDID WASNT REGISTERED? I CAN HELP. SEND ME YOUR UDID AND YOUR NAME TO [NOTKYLE2014 AT GM AIL] AND ILL BE REGISTERING THEM ALL NIGHT. TRYING TO DO THEM AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE SO AT THE MOST AN HOUR WAIT UNLESS I FALL ASLEEP. PA Y PAL 10 DOLLERS

  5. Fadi says

    that’s why its called Beta ios8 officially, and was released only for developers to find bugs, its made with bugs to get them fixed, so yr whole articles is useless !!!

  6. Blorzoga says

    “After a beta update expires, devices that aren’t updated to the latest version of the beta will become temporarily bricked until they can connect to a computer and update to the current beta.” This doesn’t make sense. My recollection is that the successive betas are OTA updates and no connection to a computer is necessary once you install the initial beta.

    • SUPERFORMIAN (@SUPERFORMIAN) says

      I hope you realise you can’t use the OTA update once the beta before the available OTA update expires; once it expires, you’re device is bricked and you cannot use the OTA update because you will not have access to the device.

  7. SUPERFORMIAN (@SUPERFORMIAN) says

    The developer betas are always watered down; they’re missing many of the features the internal betas have. Whenever Apple presents new software, whether it be Mac OS or iOS 8, they always present a very well developed internal beta; it’s essentially an early Gold Master beta. I wish I could have some of their internal betas, like their Siri on iPhone 4 for example…

  8. Barbara says

    I hate iOS 8 in my iPad,I loved before my iPad but now cannot close anything what I was looking ,screw you Apple,you should tell me before that will be a problems I will newer ever update for not testing properly before you offer to people’s never mind I will not buy any product from Apple anymore

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