iOS 8.1 Restore Bonjour

Breaking the long-held tradition of restricting iOS beta releases to developers and select Cupertino campus employees, Apple has plans to expand pre-release mobile software testing to select retail employees, according to a report today by Mark Gurman. The program is set to commence soon with a beta version of iOS and comes nearly half a year after Apple’s introduction of public betas for OS X Yosemite, its desktop operating system.

This move may indicate that the Yosemite public beta successfully provided more meaningful feedback for Apple, or simply that Apple is looking for a larger set of users that will report bugs instead of the vast number of people periodically installing the betas that aren’t developers or campus employees.

Either way, Apple appears to be noticing recent complaints about a decline in software quality, as this news seems to be one method of trying to catch as many software issues as possible before the public release. A launch in the first part of the year should allow sufficient time for the program to be well oiled by the time iOS 9’s release rolls around, which is expected to be in early June.


  • James G

    There needs to be some kind of test you gotta pass to be a beta tester if they aren’t charging you for it. Also a commitment to reporting stuff.

    I’m all for enabling people to beta test but not if it results in excessive Internet comments about stuff not working even though they’re running BETAS.

    • thank god someone has said it.

    • People who work at Apple Store won’t likely comment about stuff not working. In fact, there seems to be a rule banning them to.

    • Fanboy 

      Seeing as how this is for Apple employees (at retail stores), I am 100% sure they will be informed and know what a beta is. And they won’t be the ones on forums complaining lol

  • Mark Kramer

    I wouldn’t do this if I was an employee unless they’re giving me a phone as well. I’m not going to screw up my personal phone with their funky software.

    • Andy

      Yes, I just can’t imagine people, even if they are employees, would want to test beta software out if they only have one iOS device (usually an iPhone).

  • iRy757

    Yesssss this would be great. I think they should do this for those of us who have gone to technical training and are mobile certified, that should be the requirement.