Public Beta rules

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  1. scouser75 macrumors 65816

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    Hi guys, what are the rules if you sign up on beta.apple.com for the public beta? Once signed on, do you have to go ahead with the trial? Or is it just to be informed of its release?

    I'm very tempted to trial the public beta on my iPad when it's released. If it works well, I may also trial it on my iPhone 6. I'm currently jailbroken on iOS 10 and am in 2 minds as to whether I can live without status bar notification symbols, Activator and Consolidation (although grouped notifications on iOS 12 is a lesser version of consolidation).

    Any rough indications as to when it'll be released?
     
  2. BasicGreatGuy Contributor

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    If you sign up, you don't have to download the profile or the latest beta if you don't want to. Pubic beta is usually released a month (or so) after the DB release.
     
  3. scouser75 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thanks mate. I'll go and sign up now.

    PS if I realise I made a mistake, how easy is it to go back to iOS 11? I have a backup of my iPad so would want to go back to that if possible.
     
  4. jkfrederiksen macrumors newbie

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    If you don’t want the beta anymore, you only need to put iPad in dfu mode and restore in iTunes
     
  5. flyinmac macrumors 68040

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    Keeping in mind that any data on the device that doesn’t exist in your older backup will likely be lost.
     
  6. scouser75 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I'll backup literally before I install the beta so will have themes up-to-date back up.
     
  7. charlituna macrumors G3

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    Not likely. It will. You can’t use a backup from 12 on anything but 12. So it’s important to use as many sync over backup features as you can whether that’s iCloud Photo Library or manually copying via image capture etc

    Also if you have any issues with your hardware they will restore it back to the public software even for things like display repairs because their systems haven’t been updated for 12 and won’t be until it’s public
     
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    Before upgrading to the Public Beta, perform a backup via iTunes to your computer. Make sure that backup is encrypted, and make sure to archive it (instructions here: https://www.macrumors.com/how-to/create-an-archived-itunes-backup/).

    This ensures you have a full backup on iOS 11 that you can go back to if you're not happy running the iOS 12 Public Beta. Once you upgrade to iOS 12 and your phone performs an iCloud backup, you won't have any iOS 11 backups to fall back on if you don't perform the above backup/archive.
     
  10. Reno Raines macrumors 65816

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    I would recommend a back up or put the beta on an older phone if you have one. I did a beta once that did not allow me to use several important apps like my banking app. I had to wait for the app developers to catch up. Took about a month and a half. Luckily I had another phone. That being said I did not have that problem last year. I do enjoy the beta and I encourage you to send in any issues to apple when using the beta to make the final version better for everyone!
     
  11. TheSkywalker77 macrumors 6502a

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    There aren't any "rules" to follow when in the Public Beta Program, and if you don't update to the newest release immediately they won't kick you off or anything. It is, however, recommended that you make a backup of your device on the latest public release (not beta) on iTunes so if something does go wrong with the betas you can format your device and start from the backup you made BEFORE the beta. Other than that, just install the beta profile on your phone and enjoy iOS 12 when it's released to the Public Beta Testers!
     
  12. scouser75 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Guys thanks for such top.replies and advice.

    I've beta tested software and equipment equipment before and have provides full feedback to the developers. But I've beta tested an OS.
     
  13. theonekcrow, Jun 11, 2018
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    theonekcrow macrumors 6502a

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    I would also add to make sure you read and understand the beta website carefully. Many important details are posted there (like how to do an archived backup too). Also, when you find bugs, use the Feedback Assistant app to report them so that Apple hopefully fixes in a future beta.
     

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