Installing Apple Beta Software for iOS
Apple beta software versions of iOS, iPad, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS are available to members of the Apple Developer Program. Members can develop apps that take advantage of the latest features of Apple platforms and test existing apps for compatibility.
Some benefits to being a member of the Apple Developer Program include getting beta access to the official software before others. One of the features is to gain access to beta versions of iOS, iPad, macOS, tvOS, watchOS, and other components that will be fully released in the future. These beta software versions are for developers and general users who can test their applications for future compatibility.
Overview of Apple Beta Software
Beta software, including previews and seeds, refers to a version of the software still under development and not yet released to the public. This software is intended only for installation on development devices registered under your Apple Developer Program membership. Registered development devices can be upgraded to future beta releases and the public version of the software. Attempting to install beta software unauthorized violates Apple beta software policy and could render your device unusable and necessitate an out-of-warranty repair. Make sure to back up your devices before installing beta software and install only on devices and systems that you’re prepared to erase if necessary.
iOS and iPadOS Beta Software
Whenever new Apple software is released, there is a period where it is only released to we developers. This allows us to start working on updates and improvements. But if you’re like me, you don’t want to wait. You have several devices, such as iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. So the best thing to do if you cannot wait to install beta updates is to install them on your spare device or a virtual device.
Installation using the configuration profile
- Download the configuration profile from the download page. On your device: Download the configuration profile directly onto your device and follow the installation instructions. On your Mac or PC: Save the file to your hard disk and email it to an account on your iPhone. Tap the configuration profile in Mail and follow the installation instructions.
- Connect your device to a power cord and connect to Wi-Fi.
- Tap Settings > General > Software Update.
- Tap “Download and Install”.
- To update now, tap Install. Or tap Later and choose Install Tonight or Remind Me Later. If you tap Install Tonight, connect your device to a power cord at night, and your device will update automatically by morning.
- If prompted, enter your passcode.
Installation using the restore image
- Download the beta software restore image for your device from the download page.
- Open the Finder on your Mac.
- Connect your device to your computer with the cable that came with your device.
- Follow the onscreen steps if you’ve prompted for your device passcode or to Trust This Computer. If you forget your passcode, help is available.
- Select your device when it appears in the Finder sidebar.
- In the Summary panel, hold the Option key and click the “Check for Update” button.
- Select the beta software, restore an image and click Open to start the installation for IPSW Firmware.
- After installing the beta, your device will reboot and require a network connection to complete activation. Make sure to enable Developer Mode on your device. This will grant you permission to run locally-installed apps on these platforms — for example, when you perform a build-and-run in Xcode or install a .ipa file with Apple Configurator.
Building A Beta Mobile App Doesn’t Have To Be Complicated Or Expensive
Building a mobile app doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. Appy Pie is a no-code platform that allows you to build your own custom mobile app without having any coding experience. The platform is cloud-based, which means it can be accessed from anywhere. It also provides drag-and-drop tools to help you create your own customized apps quickly and easily. And best of all, it uses a visual editor, so you don’t need any programming skills!
Final Thoughts on Apple Beta Software
In short, Apple beta software is by no means a bad thing. While it doesn’t usually carry the stability and reliability of a final release, it provides a chance for early adopters to get a sneak peek at new features and developers to experiment with them in preparation for the final release. Hopefully, this overview has given you the tools to navigate the world of Apple betas. After all, who doesn’t like trying out exciting new things before everyone else?