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Note to IT: Apple’s upcoming public betas can be your friend

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With Apple set to release the public betas of macOS 13 “Ventura” and iOS/iPadOS 16 sometime in July, it’s inevitable that some business users will want to get an early look at what’s coming. The typical IT reaction is to try to block users from trying out beta software, but that may not be the most advantageous way to handle what’s coming.

In fact, you can actually make these betas — and eager early adopters — work in your favor.

Developer betas of the new OSes were released Monday after Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference keynote. The public betas that will follow can be useful for a manufacturer like Apple in terms of accelerating feedback and releasing bug fixes during the development process. They can also be exciting for users who want to try out the new features of an upcoming OS before everyone else gets their hands on them. (The final release for all of these OSes won’t be until this fall.)

But they do pose obvious challenges for IT, especially if beta testers install pre-release software on their primary devices that they use for work. Bugs, issues with existing apps, and confusion about new or altered functionality are often part of the beta-testing experience. So users who install unsupported software on work devices can lesd to support calls and employee downtime if they can’t access core tools.

Remind beta testers they’re installing pre-release software

Keep in mind that as mobile OSes have shifted much of the upgrade process to users, it’s likely that you won’t be able to stop everyone, particularly if they’>re installing on a device they own.

The best piece of advice here is to advise users that want to sign up as beta testers that they should do so using a secondary device instead of one they rely on for critical work and personal tasks.

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