iOS 17 Developer Beta 1: The Update Can Be Yours for Free

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Developer beta updates of Apple are usually known as harder to get, but the Cupertino-based tech giant is changing the rules a bit. Developer betas will become available for everyone, whether a person is enrolled in the Apple Developer Program or not.

The new move allows anyone to gain access to the iOS 17 developer beta 1 update. It’s important to note that installing developer betas on primary devices is not a recommended move because of possible bugs, crashes, data loss, or device damage.

How to install iOS 17 Developer Beta 1

Thanks to XDA, we can now learn how to install the new iOS 17 Developer Beta 1 update. Those willing to do so will have to navigate to the Settings app, select General, tap on Software Update, and ultimately hit the iOS 17 Developer Beta option. While an Apple Developer Program membership is no longer required to access developer beta releases, it is still necessary for distributing apps on the Apple App Store. The new change makes it easier for users to test out iOS 17, iPadOS 17, watchOS 10, and macOS Sonoma without having to pay a membership fee.

As for the final iOS 17 update, it needs to be said that specific iPhones are not compatible with the upgrade. Surprisingly or not, the list includes iPhone X, a device that was released way back in 2017. iPhone X had some pretty spectacular specs and features for its time, although it can be easily regarded as an obsolete smartphone judging by the standards of nowadays.

Other iPhones that will not receive the main iOS 17 update are iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, two devices that also came out in 2017.

Apple surely doesn’t come empty-handed when it comes to its new iOS 17 update. The new version of Apple’s mobile operating system stands out for a few impressive features, such as Live Voicemail, StandBy mode, and more.

Cristian Antonescu
Cristian is in love with technology, as are many of us. He has a vast experience as a content writer in the field. He's involved especially in the hardware area, where he covers the latest news regarding smartphones, laptops, PC components, and so on.