iPhone Can a beta software lead to hardware issues?

robert1998

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Hello guys! I'm wondering if running a beta software from Apple will lead to a hardware issue? Let's say that the phone will get much warmer, will this affect the integrity of the components?
I believe that these betas are internally tested by Apple before being released to the beta channel right?
 

Shirasaki

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May 16, 2015
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Yes. It can.
Just saw someone complaining excessive Warmth when using any sort of Bluetooth device in iOS 13 beta 4. So, it is totally possible.
 

simonmet

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By hardware issue I assume OP means permanent or irreversible physical damage, and the answer is almost certainly no.

Extra warmth caused by a misbehaving operating system or apps doesn’t and shouldn’t have any permanent effects. Any warranty you may have is not invalidated by running beta software. Reports of hardware damage directly attributable to Apple’s betas are extremely rare or non-existent.

I mean, if you want to count the minor increase in battery wear you may experience as damage then sure, otherwise I wouldn’t worry about it. Millions of people are running these betas. Having said that, they’re not without issues in the software, obviously. That’s why they’re beta.
 
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IowaLynn

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My iPhone X is fine. Some apps have had to have updates.
OneDrive was terrible (but okay with iPad Mini 5 and iPad iOS) so I removed it, don’t rely on it anymore.

OneDrive was somehow keeping the phone from fully charging.

The iCloud photo library gets a full refresh reindexed. All normal software.

A 16GB 6S might be a stretch.
 

atlchamp

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My iPhone X is fine. Some apps have had to have updates.
OneDrive was terrible (but okay with iPad Mini 5 and iPad iOS) so I removed it, don’t rely on it anymore.

OneDrive was somehow keeping the phone from fully charging.

The iCloud photo library gets a full refresh reindexed. All normal software.

A 16GB 6S might be a stretch.
The iCloud photo library gets a full refresh reindexed. All normal software.

^ what does that mean?
 

SoYoung

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I think a beta can degrade a battery health more quickly due to the phone being extremely warm more often. Thats why, from my experience, I strongly recommend to not install major iOS beta's on your main phone until maybe the last few beta's before public release. There's no urgency to install those beta's on your daily driver and by my experience, sometime it can hurt the battery life of your device.
 

compwiz1202

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Closest I saw was on my Wife's XR. Couldn't turn it off with the buttons. Had to use the Shut Down in Settings. Haven't tried turning it off with the buttons again to see if it works now. Will have to check tonight.