Apple unveiled iOS 6 at the WWDC 2012 Keynote with over 200 new features including an all-new Maps app, improvements to Siri, Facebook integration, a new Passbook app and so on.
If you’re new to iOS development and want to install the iOS 6 beta on your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch to test your apps, then it is easy for you to install the iOS 6 beta, but if you do not have a development account, how do you install the iOS 6 beta? Here is the solution.
The iOS 6 beta only works on the following devices:
iPad 3 (The New iPad)
iPod Touch 4G
Before you start, be sure to backup your iPhone or iPad to iTunes and to install iTunes 10.6.3
1. Hook your iPhone or iPad to the computer with a USB cable.
2. Restore to the iOS 5.1.1 file downloaded.To do this open iTunes and click on the device name.
In Windows Shift click on Restore.
On a Mac, alt click on Restore.
Select the iOS 5.1.1 file and wait for the iPhone or iPad to restore.
3. When prompted restore as a new device then install the iOS 6 beta.
In Windows Shift click on Check for Update.
On a Mac, alt click on Check for Update.
When the prompt opens, click on the ipsw file you downloaded for iOS 6.
4. Wait for the software update to apply, typically 10-15 minutes. When the iPhone or iPad restarts you can start using the iOS 6 beta.
Note: installing this beta software means that some apps won’t work, battery life may take a hit and the iPhone may crash more often than normal. If that’s not something you can deal with, skip this beta and wait for the iOS 6 release date later this year.
This method may also result in issues with future iOS 6 betas, and it might fail if you don’t follow the directions exactly. I recommend spending the $7 to register your iPhone UDID for a smoother process.
There is no iOS 6 jailbreak, upgrading to the iOS 6 beta could mean a long wait to return to the jailbreak world.