Apple just released details about its financial situation as part of its earnings call. We have already covered the earnings call in detail where Apple sold 41.3 million iPhones. As part of the earnings call, Tim Cook also revealed an interesting fact about the software side of Apple. According to Cook, about 4 million Apple users are using beta versions of different operating systems that power its device portfolio. The company has been a regular in releasing beta versions of iOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS for people who like to live on the edge and are comfortable trying out unfinished versions of a software on their devices.
The number does indicate that some people do try these beta versions. But, it is both insignificant as well as significant at the same time. Insignificant if we look at the complete picture and sheer Apple devices and significant if we realize that these four million people are testing a pre-built version of the operating system to provide feedback to Apple on improving the software.
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The reason for it to be insignificant is that Apple previously revealed that there were a total of 1.3 billion active devices across all its platforms. If we closely look at the numbers then the 4 million amount to be just 0.3 percent of all active devices that are running the beta software. Cook did not reveal the platform-wise break-up of the things to avoid any speculation from the part of users.
Apple is not the only the company to do this as a number of companies have been this since quite some time, for example, Microsoft with the help of its Insider program where users test the beta version of the next version of Windows. This comes days after Apple released the Public Beta 4 for iOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS.