An Apple spokesperson told Business Insider that the new app, which will launch for free on iOS devices, is a trial for Apple’s beta testing program, and that the company is planning to release the app for everyone who uses the iOS version of the iPhone.
The beta launch marks the latest in a series of moves by Apple in recent months to give users a chance to test out its new iOS 10 software and make sure it works properly on their devices.
Apple has already released a handful of free beta software updates for iOS devices for several years now, but the company has been working on the new iBonds app since September 2016.
The app was originally available for download through the iOS App Store as of November 18, but has since been renamed to the iBOND app.
As of today, the app is available on the App Store for free, but its $2.99 monthly fee and a $1.99 annual subscription to the beta program is set to be removed in early 2018.
It is still free for existing iPhone users, but those who have not yet signed up will have to pay $2 a month for the app, or wait until the app launches for all users.
The new app will launch on iOS 10 and iPhone X devices, but Apple has yet to confirm when the app will be released for Android and Windows Phones.