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Apple Daily: New iOS 8 Beta Open to Public; New Info from Upcoming Jobs Biography

If you’re not a developer but you’ve always wanted to tinker with Apple’s iOS betas before they go live, today’s your lucky day! In other news, it turns out that the new Steve Jobs biography set for release later this month is as full of new stories and information as originally claimed.

Apple Opens iOS Beta Testing to the Public with Today’s Patch

Today Apple seeded a new beta for iOS 8.3, and it’s significant as it’s the first iOS beta that members of the public can download for testing — provided, that is, that they’ve already signed up for Apple’s public beta tests. Apple has also updated its associated Appleseed site to reflect the changes.

The opening of iOS betas to people aside from developers comes on the heels of Apple’s apparent successes with open betas for Mac OS X Yosemite. Previously, betas for OS X and iOS were only available to developers who’d forked out the annual fee.

Apple is still apparently in the process of rolling out the beta to all users in the program, as the new iOS beta currently isn’t listed for some existing testers, but that should change throughout the rest of the day and tomorrow.

Keep in mind that this is a beta, and thus potentially unstable by its very nature. Users will almost certainly find bugs (and after all, that’s the point), and there’s always a small chance something about the beta could do some damage to your device. But if you can’t wait to experience what Apple has up its sleeves for yourself, it’s the best way to do it.


Upcoming Steve Jobs Biography Reveals New Information

The upcoming biography about Steve Jobs by reporter Brent Schlender and Fast Company editor Rick Tetzeli won’t be out until March 24, but in the meantime, Cult of Mac has previewed the book, entitled Becoming Steve Jobs, based on Amazon’s “Look Inside the Book” feature. The excerpt wasn’t much, but it was enough to show that earlier claims about the book  being stuffed with new insights and stories about the Apple co-founder were true.

One of the most notable portions tells about how current Apple CEO Tim Cook offered Steve Jobs a segment of his own liver because the two shared the same blood type, but Jobs refused. Jobs turned down the offer.

“Somebody that’s selfish doesn’t reply like that,” Cook says. Indeed, the book as a whole paints of different picture of Steve Jobs, and one that clashes with the image of Jobs as an self-centered man that became so strong in the wake of the release of Walter Isaacson’s increasingly maligned biography (particularly from people like Cook, Eddy Cue, and Jony Ive, who knew Jobs personally).

As Cook himself reportedly says in the book, Isaacson’s biography “was just a rehash of a bunch of stuff that had already been written, and focused on small parts of his personality. You get the feeling that [Jobs was] a greedy, selfish egomaniac. It didn’t capture the person. The person I read about there is somebody I would never have wanted to work with over all this time. Life’s too short.”

The brief glimpse into the book also reveals that Apple did, in fact, toy with buying Yahoo in order to get an easy start into the search business. Elsewhere, Dormehl and Tetzeli diverge significantly from Isaacson by saying that Jobs wasn’t interested in television.

“I just don’t like television,” Jobs reportedly told Apple design chief Jony Ive. “Apple will never make a TV again.”

You can preorder Becoming Steve Jobs from Amazon yourself for .78. The book is also available for preorder on Apple’s own iBooks platform for .99.

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