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Apple just turned off iOS 9 beta app reviews

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Apple is no longer letting beta testers post app reviews on pre-release versions of iOS.

That means that giving a bad – or even a good – review of an app on iOS 9 is no longer possible until the final version of the software launches.

That’s a welcome change, as previously users could give apps bad scores if they were buggy ahead of the official OS release.

Beta tests are used to give developers a chance to refine their apps before they go live for a new OS.

As such, they often suffer with bugs, crashing, or sluggish performance – but that’s okay, because it’s a beta test.

Unfortunately, this meant that apps could end up with bad scores on the actual App Store, despite users technically running ‘test’ versions of the content.

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The change – which went live in Apple’s fourth iOS 9 beta – was first spotted by an AppleInsider reader.

It’s worth noting that the new rules also mean users won’t be able to post positive reviews about apps running on iOS 9 either, but developers will likely think the change is worthwhile.

It’s not clear whether Apple will impose similar reviewing rules for the El Capitan beta test either.

If you need a device to run the iOS 9 beta on, check out our iPhone 6 video review below:

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