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Has the time come to upgrade to iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan?

Has the time come to upgrade to iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan?

Apple's Software
July 9, 2015


It’s been a month since Apple introduced iOS 9, watchOS 2, and OS X 10.11 El Capitan at the annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC). The company has released three beta versions for each since then, with iOS 9 beta 3, watchOS 2 beta 3, and OS X El Capitan Developer beta 3 arriving earlier in the week. Is the time finally right to test these versions out for yourself?

A word about Apple betas

Last summer, Apple introduced a public beta program for OS X. This year, the program is being expanded to include iOS. The first public betas for iOS 9 and OS X 10.11 will be available very soon. The current versions are for developers only, although we all know that non-developers install them as well.

Should you update?

The third iOS 9 beta of the year is significantly more stable than the previous one. In fact, it’s actually very good. Therefore, we recommend installing this beta on your everyday devices, as long as you don’t mind the occasional bug. Ready to jump onboard, but still have some concerns? Wait for the public beta version.

OS X v10.11 Developer Beta 3 is also fairly stable. Nonetheless, our advice remains not to upgrade. Let the developers work through the remaining OS X El Capitan bugs.

Finally, we have watchOS 2 beta 3, which is light years ahead of the previous version in terms of features and stability. And yet, because this beta can only be uninstalled at an Apple retail store, we continue to suggest not installing it yet. We’ll repeat: Don’t install the watchOS 2 beta 3 if you aren’t a developer.

Getting closer

We’ll continue to follow all of the developments with iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan in the coming weeks and months. When new betas arrive, we’ll publish another “Should you upgrade” report.

See also: A new two-factor authentication system debuts in iOS 9 beta 3Removed in iOS 8.4, Home Sharing for iTunes music to return, and Are you pumped for iOS 9? 5 top reasons you should be.

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