iOS 7 has been in talks and more so ever since Apple released the first beta version of iOS 7 for developers to test under controlled conditions. Following the two weeks after the previous release at WWDC 2013, Apple has now announced the second beta release before the final commercial version is out. Apart from the developments and improvements the second beta iOS 7 brings, it is also possible for iPad, iPad mini and iPod Touch users to test the beta version of their devices now.
Update: iOS 7 Beta 6 is available Now
The second iOS 7 beta is released under the build code “11A4400f” including a lot of earlier issues resolved just as promised at WWDC conference 2013. One of the major changes is the inclusion of an option to select a male or female voice for Siri that directly affected the second iOS 7 release positive. You will also find Apple’s Voice Memos app back in action which was absent in the first release.
Although iOS 7 is still a beta release at the moment thus all users should keep the errors, issues and other crashes in mind before going for the update at this stage. Apple intends to release the final development release around fall this year but the developers can already access the beta version for free but Apple fans that are not registered developers can get the beta for an annual $99 before the final release.
Users already having iOS 7 first release on their devices can directly update to the next release whereas the ones who don’t have the first beta or are looking to get this version on their iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad can follow the instructions given here to download iOS 7 ahead of its release date.
Before Downloading of iOS 7
Before you get to the download, make sure to back all your data up on your iPhones, iPads or iPods on the latest iTunes version. It is important to run the iTunes on its latest version, you can check it under the “Check For Updates” option in iTunes or alternatively go to Mac App Store to update everything to the latest build. Also, ensure you have all the information regarding your device because you are required to register your device’s UDID with Apple’s source for iOS and OS X betas, IMZDL. Lastly, provide the identity of your device’s identifier. For instance, at Verizon iPhone’s identifier is A1429. After all the information has been provided and data backed up, you may proceed to download then the installation process for iOS 7 beta.
Apple iOS 7 Step-wise installation
1. Firstly, you will have to get the beta iOS 7 files for your particular iPhone model from Apple’s official website. Here is a list of direct links to the download files so you may easily identify your model and get the respective file.
Update: Below are latest Links to download iOS 7 Beta 2 without paying $99.
- Download iOS 7 Beta 2 for iPhone 5 (A1428)
- Download iOS 7 Beta 2 for iPhone 5 (A1429)
- Download iOS 7 Beta 2 for iPhone 4S
- Download iOS 7 Beta 2 for the iPhone 4 GSM
- Download iOS 7 Beta 2 for iPhone 4 CDMA
- Download iOS 7 Beta 2 for iPhone 4 GSM Rev A
- Download iOS 7 Beta 2 for iPod touch 5G
- Download iOS 7 Beta 2 for Apple TV 3rd Gen
- Download iOS 7 Beta 2 for Apple TV 2nd Gen
- Download iOS 7 Beta 2 for iPad Mini (A1432)
- Download iOS 7 Beta 2 for iPad Mini (A1455)
- Download iOS 7 Beta 2 for iPad Mini (A1454)
- Download iOS 7 Beta 2 for iPad 4 (A1460)
- Download iOS 7 Beta 2 for iPad 4 (A1459)
- Download iOS 7 Beta 2 for iPad 4 (A1458)
- Download iOS 7 Beta 2 for iPad 3 (WiFi + CDMA)
- Download iOS 7 Beta 2 for iPad 3 (WIFI + GSM)
- Download iOS 7 Beta 2 for iPad 3 (WiFi)
- Download iOS 7 Beta 2 for iPad 2 (WiFi)
- Download iOS 7 Beta 2 for iPad 2 (WiFi + CDMA)
- Download iOS 7 Beta 2 for iPad 2 (WIFI + GSM)
The registered developers and users will need to give their information to get the download files for iOS 7. The successfully downloaded file will be visible on IMZDL. Don’t worry if it takes a bit longer.
2. Access iTunes to restore your iPhone with the beta version. Be careful to keep the ALT/option pressed prior to clicking Restore on a Mac and Windows users must keep Shift key pressed when clicking Restore.
3. If you can’t find it, look for the iOS 7 beta file under the Downloads folder or wherever you usually download files. It ends with “. ipsw.” and will be the most recently downloaded files.
Following the successful installation it will take around 40 minutes for your device to convert entirely to iOS 7 and that in turn will require your device to reboot a few times. Don’t forget to keep your device plugged in to a power source.
Those of you who don’t know what they will encounter in iOS 7, here is a summary of what is in store. The entire interface has been transformed using a minimalist approach. The font, colors, styles, and textures have been revamped to give a familiar yet a fresh experience. Some of the features include the Control Center to access the main settings quickly, parallax that moves the background with user’s movement, AirDrop to share photos with iPhone devices in the vicinity and many more.