For the longest time ever, Apple has typically kept its software betas limited to developers. However in the recent years, Apple has since opened up its betas to the public where anyone can download the beta for either iOS or macOS to take it for a spin to check out new features and to give Apple some feedback.


Turns out that this was a pretty good idea because during Apple’s recent conference call following the release of their latest financial results, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook revealed just how many people actually participated in their software betas, which according to Cook is around 4 million.

According to Cook, “In June, we hosted an extremely successful developers conference that previewed many major advances coming this fall to our four operating systems: iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS. Developer and customer reaction has been very positive and we have over four million users participating in our new OS beta programs.”

This is a huge number of users although as AppleInsider points out, given that Apple has never shared such information before, it is unclear as to how this compares to previous years. However we reckon that it is probably big enough that Apple would want to boast about it. That being said, for those who are looking to participate in the various public betas that Apple has available (such as iOS 12 and macOS Mojave), head on over to Apple’s website to sign up.

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