Yesterday we learned some of the features of Apple’s newest mobile operating system, iOS 6. There’s some cool stuff there, but it won’t be available to the public until this fall. Unless you’re a developer.
That said, it’s possible to install the beta if you aren’t a developer, but you will need to fork over $99 for a developer license. If not that, you will at the very least have to know someone who can register your UDID with Apple’s developer program. That will likely still cost some money.
Aside from running you $100. Know that this is a beta. That means it’s incomplete. Apple isn’t making it available to the public, because they know it’s not good enough for the public, yet. They need developers to try it out, and to test it for compatibility. Not only with their apps, but they want to make sure that the software all works as intended. What’s that mean? It’s incomplete, and if you are not ready to have some major problems with your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, don’t do it.
Otherwise, here’s how to go about it:
1) Download iTunes 10.6.3. This is available on Apple’s website, or through your iTunes update menu.
2) Download the iOS 6 beta files for your devices. These are downloadable at Apple’s dev center.
3) Now you should connect your device to your computer and back it up. It’s also good to encrypt your local backup. This will take a few minutes, so let it do its thing.
4) When the backup is done, hold “Option” and click on “Restore” in iTunes. This will restore your iOS device to your backup, but it allows you to choose an IPSW to restore from.
5) Choose your iOS 6 beta IPSW as the one you’d like to backup from. Make sure that it matches the device you are using if you have multiple devices.
6) From here, you just let iTunes do its thing. It will take a while to install everything and give you the new beta.
7) The last step is to restore from your original backup. This will give you back your apps and settings, but retain iOS 6.