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APPLE'S next generation of iPhone software has users fired up to upgrade - but patience is a virtue.

Beta software is an early and imperfect version of future programs - the latest beta is chock full of bugs and glitches.

iOS 16 will work on the iPhone 8 and all devices manufactured after itCredit: Alamy

iOS 16 will officially launch later this year but users with Apple Developer accounts can get early access to a beta version.

The Apple Developer program costs $99 to join - it's technically available to everyone willing to pay, but its true purpose is to give app developers a look under the hood so they can best prepare their programs for the new software.

In any case, iOS 16 Developer Beta 2 is out now, and the early reviews are less than stellar.

While the lock screen customization and background remover have users jazzed, a beta is a beta for a reason - it's an opportunity for Apple to get the bugs out.

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A reporter for CNET with access to iOS 16 Developer Beta 2 had a few criticisms of the program's functionality.

They cited failures relating to saving images, closing apps and keeping them closed, and a low success rate when using AirDrop.

For these reasons and others, it is not advisable to download beta software on your primary device.

If you have, it may be a challenge to revert your iPhone back to iOS 15 without wiping it totally clean - make sure you back up your device before diving in head first on iOS 16.

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While this version may be buggy, users can expect Apple to clean up the software before it rolls out to the masses.

The company takes in feedback from the developers with the beta so they can swat away bugs and patch up issues.

Another beta will roll out for the wider public in July - this version will likely be cleaner and more functional.

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Bugs in beta software are par for the course - issues need to be found before they can be fixed.

The hype for iOS 16 and all the new glitzy features it will bring to the iPhone is still justified.