The iPad iOS 7 beta for iPad and iPad mini is now available to users that want to try the iOS 7 beta without installing it on the phone they carry with them every day.
Apple just released the iOS 7 beta 2 with support for the iPad and iPad mini. This new version of the iOS 7 beta is available now for registered Apple developers and will soon be available to average users who register their iPad as part of a developer program.
This is the first time iOS 7 for the iPad is available, and it comes two weeks after the iOS 7 announcement at WWDC 2013. This is not the final version of IOS 7, merely the first of many versions which will arrive on the iPhone and iPad during the next several months.
The video below shows a look at the iOS 7 beta, which highlights many of the new iOS 7 features. The iPad iOS 7 beta may bring iPad specific features to users.
The iOS 7 beta is meant for registered Apple developers and there is no way to use this beta without registering the iPad or iPad mini with a developer account. Users who wish to avoid the $99 iOS Developer fee can register their device with a third-party for about $8.
The official iOS 7 release date is set for the fall, and will likely arrive a few days ahead of an iPhone 5S release.
Where to Sign Up for the iPad iOS 7 Beta
The iPad and iPad mini iOS 7 beta is now available as part of the iOS 7 beta 2 release which brings new features to the iPhone and offers first access to the iPad beta.
The official way to get the iOS 7 beta is to join the Apple Developer program for $99 a year. This allows you to register 100 devices to try the iOS 7 beta and to test apps. This is designed for developers, but Apple doe snot kick you out if you don’t create an app. Even users that go this route should be sure they can live with a buggy iPad as the iOS 7 beta is not finished software.
For users that don’t want to pay $99 to join the Apple Developer program there are many third party services like IMZDL which will register a iPad to be a part of the iOS 7 beta for $8. The registration lasts one year and is almost instantaneous. This is not directly through Apple, so there is always a chance the service might get shut down, but this is one of the most popular services.
Users will need to enter their iPad UDID to join the iOS 7 beta. This is unique to an individual iPad or iPhone. Users who registered an iPhone as part of the iOS 7 beta will need to register the iPad separately. The easiest way to do this is to download UDID Sender and email the iPad or iPad mini UDID to yourself.
iPad iOS 7 Beta Downloads
The iPad IOS 7 beta download files are available in the Apple Developer section for registered developers. Users can sign in and download the corresponding iOS 7 beta 2 files for the iPad and iPad mini.
IMZDL states that it will soon be hosting the iOS 7 beta downloads for the iPad.
iOS 7 Beta 2 is out for iPad, we are now in process of getting the files up.
— iModZone Downloads (@iMZDL) June 24, 2013
The iPad iOS 7 beta works on the following iPad models;
- iPad 2
- iPad 3
- iPad 4
- iPad mini
This includes the WiFi, WiFi+ 3G and WiFi + LTE models on all carriers. Users will need to get the right iPad iOS 7 beta download to make sure it works.
How to Install the iPad iOS 7 Beta
Users that installed the iOS 7 beta for the iPhone will know most of iPad iOS 7 beta installation process already. The steps outlined blow will walk users through backing up the iPad and installing the iOS 7 beta on an iPad or iPad mini.
Installing the iOS 7 beta on the iPad 3 took about 15 minutes. Restoring the iPad took another 15 to 20 minutes. Budget another 30 to 60 minutes for syncing apps and data to the iPad.
Users can restore from a backup made in iOS 6, but if they choose to downgrade to iOS 6 any backups made in iOS 7 will not work. Officially Apple doesn’t let users downgrade from iOS 7 to IOS 6, but we offer instructions for users that need a guide to downgrade from iOS 7 to iOS 6.
1. Register the iPad or iPad mini UDID with IMZDL
2. Make sure you are on the latest version of iTunes.
3. Connect the iPad to the computer and perform a backup with iTunes.
4. Download the iOS 7 Beta for your iPad or iPad mini model. IMZDL offers direct iOS 7 beta downloads and torrents.
5.. Open iTunes and upgrade to the iOS 7 Beta by choosing Restore.
- Be sure to hold alt/option on Mac when clicking Restore.
- On Windows, hold Shift when clicking Restore.
6. Find the .ipsw file you downloaded and select it.
7. Complete the installation and then restore from backup or choose to start as a new iPad.
8. Sync to the computer to transfer music, movies, apps and more.
This completes the iPad iOS 7 beta installation for the iOS 7 beta 2. The future iOS 7 beta versions should be available as an over the air upgrade.
Reasons Not to Install the iPad iOS 7 Beta
The iPad iOS 7 beta offers early access to cool new iOS 7 features, but it is not for everyone. Not all apps will work on the iOS 7 beta and there is an expiration date for the software, so users that travel away from an internet connection or without their notebook could be left without a working iPad for some time.
Only users who can manage to use an iPad or iPad mini that doesn’t work 100% of the time should even consider installing the iPad iOS 7 beta. Users should refrain from leaving any App Store reviews while using the beta, as issues are to be expected, and are not the app developer’s fault.