Installing beta means you installed a beta.

Ok, so I’ve got a pet peeve I need to get off my chest. This might sound like I’m complaining, but it’s more about me trying to explain to people that a beta is just that – a beta.

Every year, non-developers download and install the newest copy of iOS and OS X. Maybe it’s because they want the newest version of the upcoming OS before anyone else, or maybe it’s a feature in the new OS they feel can make life easier for them. Either way they don’t wait until the master release and just install the beta version.

There is nothing wrong with wanting to try out the latest and greatest software. Even in beta state, but it’s important to remember that developers are getting their hands on it at the same time you are. Most aren’t going to update their apps to work with the new OS right off the bat. Some will wait until it’s been released to the public and others will work on there apps all the way up to the master release.

Screen Shot 2015-06-12 at 1.36.55 AMIf you install a beta and have problems with any third party apps, the developers behind that app may not be able to do anything for you. The fix may only be pushed out when the new OS is out to the public. You risk your apps and third party hardware not working correctly when you run a beta version of an operating system.

For example – you might have the August Smart Lock or Ring Video Doorbell. If something in the new OS causes that hardware not to talk to the OS, you’re out of luck until the final build is out this fall. Pleas don’t complain in the app store that the product, iOS or OS X app doesn’t work. Don’t hate on the developers or companies, remember they didn’t make you install the beta.

These men and women are working around the clock to make their apps and products work with whatever the newest OS is. They want their users to have good experiences and when you hate on them while running a beta on your device, not only do you look stupid, but you’re also hurting their ratings in the app store. Stop and think. Did the app/product work for you before installing the beta? If so, you know right from the start something in the new OS broke it. These teams of engineers and designers know what they are doing and will have everything worked out. Just give them time.

Remember, the reason it takes from June to sometime in the fall for it to be released is because it’s a beta. Apple is giving these developers time to work on their stuff and get it ready for the master release. So, basically what I’m trying to say is if you’re not a developer, don’t download the beta. Hang tight. You will have the next greatest thing soon.