Apple has made a significant change by allowing free access to its developer beta versions for various operating systems, including iOS, iPadOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS. Previously, users had to pay a $99 USD annual fee for the Apple Developer Program to access these early releases. Now, individuals with free Apple developer accounts or an Apple ID can download and install the latest OS beta releases immediately instead of waiting for the public betas in July, as in previous years.
The currently available developer betas, such as iOS 17, iPadOS 17, and macOS Sonoma, are in their early stages and should be approached with caution. It is advised not to install them on primary devices as they may cause disruptions.
Notably, certain betas like watchOS 10, tvOS 17, HomePod 17, and AirPods do not allow users to revert back to their original operating systems. Devices running these betas will remain on them until Apple releases its next public version, typically in the fall. In contrast, next month Apple will release public betas that offer less risk for users who want to test out the new features.