If there is something that interests all of us who are waiting for WWDC 2023 is the iOS 17 beta. We have seen leaks of the new features it will bring and the truth is that many of us are ready to install the first beta as soon as it comes out. While with iOS 16.5 we can install the beta whether we are developers or not, with iOS 17 things change.
We have known for several weeks that Apple will stop using configuration profiles to distribute betas. Initially, the change was made with iOS and iPadOS, but now it is also coming to macOS and watchOS. In other words: goodbye to macOS 14 betas if you are not a developer.
Developer beta for developers only
This new beta installation method replaces the profiles that have previously been used to install both developer and public updates for watchOS and macOS. Developers and public beta participants enrolled in Apple’s respective programs can activate beta updates directly from the system settings on the Mac and from the software update section in the Watch app on the iPhone linked to the watch.
So, while we already knew this for iOS 17 and iPadOS 17, we now also know that when watchOS 10 and macOS 14 are announced, the Apple ID requirement will prevent those who do not have a developer account from installing the developer betas. This is a way to prevent beta bugs from affecting devices that should not be affected.
So, if we want to try macOS 14 when it is unveiled on June 5 at the developer conference without having to wait the usual two months until the public beta program opens, the only option is to sign up for the developer program.
A program that costs 99 euros per year, since, in fact, it is designed to give access to all the tools needed to create applications for the Apple ecosystem, so we can say goodbye to the betas of macOS 14. Unless we decide to register or we are already developers, we will have to wait a little longer to test the new version of the Mac operating system.
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