Iphone Beta?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by gilbert1020, Oct 15, 2008.

  1. gilbert1020 macrumors regular

    gilbert1020

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    Sorry, New at this Iphone Stuff.
    What exactly are the beta software releases?
    I have read Apple has put out the "first" Beta for 2.2
    What does that mean?
    Could someone please explain this whole Beta thing..
    Again sorry new at this stuff.
     
  2. aristobrat macrumors G4

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    A beta version of software is software that still needs to be tested out and checked for problems before it's released to the general public.

    Apple releases beta versions of the iPhone software to some people signed up in its developer program.
     
  3. abijnk macrumors 68040

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    No problem man.

    Basically, beta testing is when they release a piece of software to outside developers (non-Apple folks) to put on their iPhone and use. Then, those developers give Apple feedback about problems they encounter.

    Once Apple has a decent amount of feedback, they go back in and fix the bugs reported to them, and then eventually release another beta. This process repeats until Apple is satisfied that things are ship-shape, then they release to the public.

    Beta testing is a standard procedure for a lot of software development life cycles. Some companies (take Mozilla for instance) release their betas to anyone brave enough to try them. Then they collect feedback from those using the product and/or automated data dumps.

    Wikipedia has this little blurb about beta testing:
    "Beta testing comes after alpha testing. Versions of the software, known as beta versions, are released to a limited audience outside of the programming team. The software is released to groups of people so that further testing can ensure the product has few faults or bugs. Sometimes, beta versions are made available to the open public to increase the feedback field to a maximal number of future users."
     
  4. gilbert1020 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks Alot :), How many do they typically release?
     
  5. superstrikertwo macrumors 65816

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    I think it's been 3 for the previous releases.
     
  6. PoitNarf macrumors 65816

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    No. There is no "typical" for beta software releases. When they were beta testing the 2.0 software they released at least 8 betas to the testers. For 2.1 it was around 3 I believe. They release as many versions as deemed necessary by the development team.
     

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