Every year the company announces new software releases for its operating systems at Apple's developer conference. At or shortly after the event, Apple will publish developer betas so that developers can update their apps to the new software version.

Betas in general, but developer betas in particular, are known to be extremely unstable. But Apple's latest developer betas aren't – they're actually pretty stable. We'll see why that might be the case.

What are developer beta?

Developer betas are aimed at developers. The beta versions allow developers to work on their apps and programs for the updated operating system. Many companies release beta versions to developers, and they're an important step in the app development process.

Screenshot of the download page for Apple's developer software.

Since the tools in software updates are brand new, it will take developers some time to implement them into their apps so that they can be updated. Apple's developer betas do just that. That means apps will work better on the new operating systems and there won't be any problems with software changes.

Although it's pretty obvious from the name, these software releases are beta releases. This means that the software is still being developed and changed and therefore it can often have bugs and bugs. As mentioned earlier, developer betas are notorious for bugs that range from minor crashes to complete system errors. But not the latest versions from Apple.

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Although Apple's latest betas are fairly stable, we strongly advise against installing any of the developer betas on your main devices to avoid problems due to bugs or bugs. If you choose to install these betas, you do so at your own risk. Make sure you are following the correct installation process.

Why are Apple's latest betas more stable?

When we talk about Apple's latest developer betas being more stable, there isn't an objective test of that. Tim Cook wasn't on stage saying, "Hey, we haven't made that many bugs this time," and there is no table by which the betas can be measured.

Many users reported online that their experiences with this year's developer beta versions were more stable than in previous years. Of course, these experiences are entirely subjective, but we noticed the same thing when we looked at the betas ourselves.

Because of this, Apple's latest betas could be more stable than last year's releases.

Apple has improved its own software development

It stands to reason that Apple has improved its own software development. With growing teams, changing talent, and increasing software feedback, it would be difficult for Apple not to improve on its own development.

A photo of Apple's software development team at work.Image source: Apple

A big company like Apple invests millions in software development every year, hires the best talent, and has tons of previous software feedback. Combining all of these factors, Apple is on the right track to improve its betas.

As these betas improve, they become more and more stable. For example, if there was a specific bug in the Calendar app in last year's beta, the software development team can review the fix for that bug to prevent it from happening in the future.

This year's software updates are less extensive than in previous years

Well, this is another subjective metric. This year's software versions probably contain fewer changes or new functions than the updates from last year.

Of course, if Apple adds fewer features and makes fewer changes to the software, the code won't differ much from the previous version. As a result, there is less room for software developers to make mistakes.

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Think about it. If the existing software is already working flawlessly, there is less room for mistake to take it and tweak just a little. Of course, Apple added new features to this year's software, but these changes are arguably less drastic than previous versions.

General software development improvements

One final reason Apple's beta releases this year could be more stable is because of general software development improvements.

Since the software as a whole is constantly evolving, the process of software development grows with it. Apple's software team releases new software every year, so the developers themselves get better with the experience. Additionally, it can only help to check out other improvements in the developer community.

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Betas was known for their instability from years ago. To the developers in the room, when was the last time you used a beta that was completely unusable? Overall, beta software has become more stable over the past few years, and Apple's releases are no exception.

Three cheers for Apple's latest beta releases

Apple's latest developer beta versions are undeniably more stable than last year's versions. While some of these improvements are due to changes in software development as a whole, Apple should be recognized for its individual improvement.

Beta software affects any general release, an issue that affects everyone. Even if you're not a developer, you should be happy that Apple's beta versions are more stable.

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Connor Jude
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Connor is a UK-based technology writer. After writing for online publications for several years, he now also spends time in the world of tech startups. Connor is primarily focused on Apple and news, has a passion for technology, and is particularly passionate about new technology. When he's not working, Connor likes to spend time cooking, various fitness activities, and a little Netflix with a glass of red.

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