avatarby Nirave GondhiaJuly 10, 20150 comments

WWDC iOS 9 dev beta

Update: July 10. For those of you that have been waiting for the public beta of iOS 9 to release, that day has arrived. Head on over to beta.apple.com to get started. 

Apple has today announced its new iOS 9 operating system at WWDC and like most years, it’s available to download in a developer preview today. If you’re not a developer, there’s a couple of ways you can install the preview on your iPad so read on to find out more.

Before completing any of these steps, it’s worth noting that we don’t recommend you install this on your device if you rely on it as it is an early preview and is likely to have many bugs that haven’t been fixed yet. Most of the features won’t work properly and you’re likely to be very frustrated quickly if this is your personal device.

There’s two ways to install iOS 9 – wait for the public beta which launches next month or install the developer preview.

Public Beta

If you are not a developer and don’t feel comfortable installing the early preview on your device, you can wait until next month when Apple has confirmed it will launch a public beta of iOS 9 for the first time in its history.

To sign up for the beta, head over to beta.apple.com and follow the on-screen steps. You’ll be notified when the public beta launches and is available to download but if you don’t want to wait, read on for how to install the developer preview.

WWDC iOS 9 Tim Cook

Developer Preview

The developer preview is certainly not for the faint-hearted and there’s every chance it could break your phone. Apps are most likely to crash, features won’t work and you’ll probably end up regretting it if you like how smooth your iPad or iPhone is.

To install the Developer Preview:

  1. First thing you need is the iOS 9 beta image for your iPad. Head over to Apple’s iOS developer site and if you don’t already have one, you’ll need to sign up for a $99 one-year membership. If you’d rather not become a developer, head over to the section below for more info on getting around the membership fee.
  2. Next, click the iOS 9 link under the main menu and scroll down to find your device in the list of available downloads. If your device supports iOS 8, it’ll support iOS 9 but for reference, the compatible devices are:
    • iPad Air 1 / 2
    • iPad Mini 1, 2 and 3
    • iPad 3 / 4
    • iPhone 6 / 6 Plus
    • iPhone 5 / 5C / 5S
    • iPhone 4S
    • iPod Touch 5th gen
  3. Download and install the latest version of iTunes.
  4. While your iOS 9 beta downloads, perform a full backup of your device using iTunes.
  5. Unzip the firmware file to your computer.
  6. Head over to iTunes, select your iPad and then hold down the Option key while selecting “Check for update”
  7. Select the iOS 9 beta firmware file you just downloaded and unzipped.
  8. Once the update installs, restore your data from the backup.

No membership?

If you’re not a registered Apple developer, you won’t be able to register your device with the company (an essential step to installing the iOS 9 beta) through the developer site. However, as we always find each year, there’s plenty of services offering to register your device with Apple for a fraction of the developer fee and one we’ve used is IMZDL.

To avoid the membership fee, you’ll need to follow the steps below (once you’ve found your supplier):

  1. Register your UDID with Apple (follow directions from your supplier)
  2. Find a link to your phone’s firmware (your supplier may have these, otherwise IMZDL have them listed here) and download it.
  3. Follow steps 4 to 8 as above.

The steps might seem a little complicated but if you want iOS 9 earlier than the public beta, there’s no way around them unfortunately. Once again, we don’t guarantee the security of any links and do not install this on your device unless you understand and are comfortable with the risks.

Are you planning to install the iOS 9 beta on your iPad? Let us know your views in the comments below!