KEY POINTS

  • Apple has released the iOS 14 beta
  • The beta is for developers only
  • The iOS 14 beta is expected to be very unstable and buggy

Apple has announced its latest operating system versions across its devices, including iOS 14 for iPhones. In addition, the company has released developer betas for these OS versions, which means there are some who can already download and install iOS 14 on their handsets.

There are some important things that iPhone owners need to know before downloading the iOS 14 beta to their handsets right now. Failing to know these can and will result to some frustration, and possible loss of precious data.

With that said, here's what iPhone users should know before getting the iOS 14 beta.

It's not compatible with all iPhone models

As per the iOS 14 preview website, the new iPhone operating system version will not be compatible with all iPhone models, even if they're still working. Here's a list of iPhone models that can run the iOS 14 beta:

  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone 11 Pro
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone XS
  • iPhone XS Max
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone X
  • iPhone 8
  • iPhone 8 Plus
  • iPhone 7
  • iPhone 7 Plus
  • iPhone 6s
  • iPhone 6s Plus
  • iPhone SE (1st generation)
  • iPhone SE (2nd generation)
  • iPod touch (7th generation)

Any model not included in the list will not be able to run the new iOS version.

The iOS 14 beta is for developers

Owning a compatible iPhone and getting excited for the latest iOS version isn't enough. Apple Insider pointed out that the iOS 14 beta is a “developer beta” and is for developers only.

Only registered developers will be able to download the iOS 14 developer beta and install it on their iPhones. These developers pay a “developer's fee” that allows them to get developer's beta versions of Apple's operating systems, including iOS 14.

It's highly unstable

Since it's still a developer beta, fans shouldn't expect it to be completely ironed out. Betas are highly unstable and buggy, and normally come with many issues that still need sorting out. Those who want to try and get a beta should be prepared to face some issues, and should also be prepared to lose data.

Apple Insider also noted that they've experienced losing iCloud data when trying beta versions out. Some backups also failed, which meant data that was supposed to be stored wasn't. Some devices have also been bricked by betas.

Please wait

Apple will be releasing a public beta for everyone who wants to try the new iOS version next month. Until then, fans best wait for the public version to arrive.

iPhone 11 Pro Unboxing iPhone 11 Pro Photo: Aaron Yoo(CC BY-ND 2.0)