Following their beta 4 release, Apple has recently seeded their iOS 9.3.3 beta 5 to registered developers. As we have noticed, the last 3 betas were spaced just one week apart, which entails an uptick in the company’s release timeframe of their beta versions.
However, knowing that the iOS 9.3.3 virtually has no outward-facing changes that would affect end-users, there would be two different reasons why Apple has put this update through a lot of betas for a seemingly very minor release.
First, it is believed that the company is intentionally doing it to delay hacking teams to create the iOS 9.3.3 jailbreak. While it is no secret that jailbreakers prefer to wait for betas to finish undergoing their testing stages before releasing untethered jailbreak tools, it is also possible that Apple is fully aware of this strategy by the hackers, so the company would intentionally seed trivial betas in order to delay the creation of next jailbreak utilities.
The second reason has nothing to do with delaying jailbreaks, but is most likely focused on stability, where Apple wants to stabilize iOS 9.3.x versions before diverting most of their development resources to creating the iOS 10. It is believed that the company might bank on having the iOS 9.3.3 to be the last of the iOS 9 releases before releasing the iOS 10 to the public this fall.
The only things that would instigate another update to iOS 9 are when additional bugs were discovered in iOS 9.3.3 and when a jailbreak was released for the firmware. But when the former would happen, it would be embarrassing to Apple. Most probably, this is why the company would really want to ensure that they are covered when it comes to the iOS 9, ensuring the overall stability of iOS 9.3.x before they focus on the iOS 10.
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