This story is part WWDC 2022CNET’s full coverage from and about Apple’s annual developer conference.

Apple’s next mobile operating system, iOS16, is currently still in development, but you can already download a first version of the software in its Developer Beta. Downloading the beta will give you a preview of the features revealed by Apple on WWDC 2022including an revamped lock screen with widgets and better customization, as well as the ability to edit and unsend texts in Messages and view saved Wi-Fi network passwords in your settings. But since iOS 16 is still in its early stages, downloading the developer beta won’t be worth it for most people.

Read more: How to Download the iOS 16 Developer Beta Right Now

If you work as an app developer, downloading this version of iOS might be a great idea as it might provide a quick peek at the “nuts and bolts” of the upcoming operating system. But most people should wait for the first stable release of iOS 16 due later this year – probably around the assumed date. iPhone 14 launching the line in the fall – or at the earliest, consider the public beta in July if you absolutely crave early access.

But if you’re still tempted, we want to highlight three big reasons why you should probably wait before downloading this iOS 16 developer beta.


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For starters, the iOS 16 developer beta costs money

If you want to install iOS 16 on your iPhone legitimately, you must first be a member of the Apple Developer Program — and it costs $99 per year (or in local currency if available) for individual developers. And the price is worth the cost, but especially if you are a developer. As a member of the Apple Developer Program, you get early access to software downloads and beta apps, which helps developers better develop their apps.

Apple's Latest Beta Software

Here are some of the beta software developers can download and install.

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Even if you are a hobbyist or just a big fan of Apple products, the membership price can still be worth it. But for everyone else, paying close to $100 a year for software that isn’t fully developed or finished – that’s probably a no. Instead of paying for the Apple Developer Program, you can wait for the iOS 16 public beta in July, which will allow you to test new features and settings before the general public.

iOS 16 beta may also limit some features of your phone

Suppose you decide to pay for the Apple Developer Program and download the first developer beta of iOS 16. Now you install it on your primary iPhone, which you use every day for texting, checking emails, e-mails and browse the Internet.

This might not seem like a problem at first, but as is the case with every developer beta, these early iterations of iOS 16 have bugs that can make the software difficult to use. Even though the first developer beta doesn’t have a lot of bugs, the next release might.

For example, I’m running the first developer beta of iOS 16 on an iPhone 11 Pro and I’ve already encountered issues with several features and settings:

  • Any photos or videos that I try to save from the internet will not save to my camera roll. I have to redo the registration process several times or force quit the app before it actually registers on my device.
  • There is also a random forced close. When I open some apps, like Instagram or Twitter, they sporadically close, and that’s probably due to some incompatibilities with iOS 16.
  • I’m also having issues with reopening closed tabs in Safari. No matter how often I close certain tabs, they keep reappearing.
  • AirDrop doesn’t work half the time.

And that’s not to criticize the software itself, because all developer betas will have issues like these, and that’s normal. Most, if not all, of these bugs should be fixed by the time the consumer version is released. This is just to paint a better picture of what you can expect from early pre-releases. Unless you are ready to fix such issues, you should not install iOS 16 on your iPhone, above all if it’s your everyday device.

And you may not be able to go back to iOS 15 without deleting personal data

Let’s say you’ve upgraded to the iOS 16 developer beta and suddenly you’re having trouble. You’re not happy with that first version of Apple’s software, so you want to downgrade to iOS 15. Well, unless you’ve archived a backup of iOS 15, your only way to downgrade is to restore your iPhone as a brand. new device. And while this will install Apple’s latest mobile update (currently iOS 15.5), it can also permanently delete important data and settings from your phone.

Read more: Back up your iPhone even if there is “not enough iCloud storage”

Before downloading and installing iOS 16, be sure to create a backup while running iOS 15. You can do this through iCloud on your device, but Apple only holds one backup at a time ( for each device), so an iOS 15 backup isn’t guaranteed to be available if a future update takes its place, especially since most iCloud backups are done automatically while you sleep.

iOS 15 Temporary iCloud Storage Transfer to iPhone 13

Successfully downgrading from iOS 16 to iOS 15 with all your previous settings depends on whether or not you have a backup.

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As an added precaution, you can also use your computer to create an iOS 15 backup – using iTunes on Windows or Finder on Mac – which will be saved as a file on that device. You can then use this file to restore your device to iOS 15 and keep most of your personal data and settings intact.