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Work Continues on iOS 8.1.3 With Retail Employees Receiving Second Beta Seed

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Apple is continuing its behind-the-scenes work on the upcoming iOS 8.1.3 update, and as of yesterday, retail employees that have been testing the software received a second iOS 8.1.3 beta, build 12B466, which is six builds newer than the previous seed they received on Wednesday, January 7.

Last week, we speculated that the iOS 8.1.3 beta was close to release due to the fact that it was shared with quite a few retail employees, but it appears there are still bugs that Apple is working on fixing before it provides the 8.1.3 update to the public. MacRumors continues to see an uptick in the number of visits received from devices running iOS 8.1.3, and while we expect the update will be released to the public in the next week or two, it is not clear exactly when a launch could come.

Overall visitors to MacRumors.com from devices running iOS 8.1.3
According to our source, iOS 8.1.3 appears to contain only under-the-hood bug fixes with no readily apparent visual changes to the operating system. Apple has not provided employees with release notes.

With iOS 8.1.2 and iOS 8.1.3 positioned as minor updates, Apple has opted not to share the software with developers ahead of its release, instead testing the updates in house. Testing the iOS 8.1.3 update with retail employees is a new move for Apple, as it marks the first time retail workers have been invited to participate in the testing of an iOS beta. Retail employees have been involved in the beta testing of OS X for years.

Apple may have avoided seeding the iOS 8.1.2 and 8.1.3 betas to developers in order to focus developer testing on iOS 8.2, which is currently on its fourth beta. iOS 8.2 is a major update that is expected to be released alongside the Apple Watch in the spring months.

As we mentioned last week, along with iOS 8.1.3 and iOS 8.2, our site metrics indicate that a small number of Apple employees in Cupertino are also working on iOS 9, the successor to iOS 8 that we expect will be previewed in the summer and released in the fall alongside new iPhones.

An iOS 8.3 update that was also observed in testing months ago has declined in activity according to our web logs, with visits from devices running it having peaked in late November and not rebounding significantly in the new year following the holiday lull.

Article Link: Work Continues on iOS 8.1.3 With Retail Employees Receiving Second Beta Seed
 

ahlsn

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Seems like they actually stepping up their quality assurance with coming releases. Good move!
 
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kagharaht

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Beta

Since this is Beta, if something does go wrong and you are using your main iCloud account, how can you revert back? It's not like there is a Time Machine backup to fix iOS catastrophic crash. Or is there?
 
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smulji

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Explains a lot

"An iOS 8.3 update that was also observed in testing months ago has declined in activity according to our web logs, with visits from devices running it having peaked in late November and not rebounding significantly in the new year following the holiday lull."

Sounds like Apple has ditched iOS 8.3 and moved straight to iOS 9.
 
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gsmornot

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How many visits does the chart above show? 5? Why not label it with something.

Anyhow, glad they are taking the time to test.
 
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zorinlynx

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Since this is Beta, if something does go wrong and you are using your main iCloud account, how can you revert back? It's not like there is a Time Machine backup to fix iOS catastrophic crash. Or is there?

If you're running betas you're probably smart enough to back up your iOS device and data to your computer in addition to an iCloud backup, and you're also smart enough to have backups of your computer so you can revert to an older backup if everything goes south.

I'm still amazed by how many people run betas who aren't qualified to run them. I often run betas, and I occasionally get hosed by them. But I can revert to the last backup I made before upgrading to the beta, because I (think I) know what I'm doing. :)
 
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Xenomorph

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Oh look, another UNLABELED graph!

What does that represent? An increase from 1 tester to 5 testers?

Or does it show an increase from 10 testers to over 100,000?

Why does MacRumors have to post these unlabeled charts/graphs?

If you think their chart gives a lot of info, just check out this one:



Did you see that? Some bars are bigger! How much bigger? EXACTLY!

Wait a minute, we just got more data in:



See that? It went up by some amount, then went down. Change! Big change? Little change? I'll let you decide that for yourself!
 
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kagharaht

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If you're running betas you're probably smart enough to back up your iOS device and data to your computer in addition to an iCloud backup, and you're also smart enough to have backups of your computer so you can revert to an older backup if everything goes south.

I'm still amazed by how many people run betas who aren't qualified to run them. I often run betas, and I occasionally get hosed by them. But I can revert to the last backup I made before upgrading to the beta, because I (think I) know what I'm doing. :)

I'm not running it. Just curious on how one would revert if your not a developer and just a volunteer testing iOS. :)
 
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Weaselboy

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How many visits does the chart above show? 5? Why not label it with something.

Oh look, another UNLABELED graph!

What does that represent? An increase from 1 tester to 5 testers?

Or does it show an increase from 10 testers to over 100,000?

Why does MacRumors have to post these unlabeled charts/graphs?

Here is the answer to that question from the previous 8.1.3 thread. WildCowboy is one of the site administrators/editors.

We don't want to share exact numbers, primarily for competitive reasons. But the total number of hits from iOS 8.1.3 devices now numbers in the thousands...does that help? :)
 
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thekeyring

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Sounds like they're determined to get the bugs squeezed out. Here's hoping 8.2, 8.3 and 9.0 don't reintroduce them :)
 
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rmadera

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Very interesting. Looks like 8.1.3 may be a bigger bug fixer than we previously thought.
 
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predation

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makes sense to have employees be seeded the updates. they do have to deal-with the majority of issues
 
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Paddle1

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Oh look, another UNLABELED graph!

What does that represent? An increase from 1 tester to 5 testers?

Or does it show an increase from 10 testers to over 100,000?

Why does MacRumors have to post these unlabeled charts/graphs?

If you think their chart gives a lot of info, just check out this one:

Image

Did you see that? Some bars are bigger! How much bigger? EXACTLY!

Wait a minute, we just got more data in:

Image

See that? It went up by some amount, then went down. Change! Big change? Little change? I'll let you decide that for yourself!
They said last time that they do it for "competitive reasons".
 
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rmadera

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How many betas do you guys think there will be? And have they ever released a second beta for a point update like this? Because I know for 8.1.1 they released 1 beta but it never reached a second one.
 
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teknikal90

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Jan 28, 2008
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How many visits does the chart above show? 5? Why not label it with something.

Anyhow, glad they are taking the time to test.

this has always bugged me.

Can someone who's familiar with version software development enlighten us with one thing:

How do the people working on iOS 9 know to implement the changes that the people working on 8.1.3 are implementing?

Or even how do the 8.2 people know? for all they know, the 8.1.3 people are rewriting the same codes that the other team's rewriting

right?
 
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