Apple seeded iOS 7 Beta 6 for developers and Apple enthusiasts a few weeks ago providing an emergency update for iTunes. Since we won’t get an iOS 7 Beta 7, this will be the last test project for the tech community before the iOS 7 gold master is released this fall. To try out the beta before then, here’s how you can download iOS 7 for your Apple tablet.
Note: Remember to always back up your device before you restore or install a beta version of iOS. There is a chance you can destroy your iPad if this isn’t done correctly.
1. Download the IPSW File
There are essentially two different ways you can download the iOS 7 IPSW file earlier than the public release: buy a developers license through Apple for $99 per year, or go to your favorite torrent site and see if there is a copy there.
It’s important to note that downloading torrent files may be considered illegal depending on where you live so this is done at your own risk!
Make sure to check the comments section of any file you consider downloading. It would not be worth it since some of these programs could be filled with bugs that will brick your iPad or other Apple product. Referring to friends or family who may be more familiar with the process can be a big help too. Then, download the torrent and make sure it’s an .ipsw file (otherwise it won’t work).
2. Install the File
It’s a pretty easy process to set up your iPad or iPad Mini to run iOS 7. You have to connect your iPad to your computer and open up iTunes, where you should see a button that says “Check For Updates.” Hold “Option” and click on Check for Updates (if you’re using Windows, it’s shift+click). Find the IPSW file, double click and the process should start automatically.
And that’s it! I want to know about any bugs or glitches that you may have so send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment!