Apple is yet to release its official version of the much anticipated iOS 8, but iPhone users who are willing to part with $100 can get the 3rd beta version of the operating system directly from the company. So you need not worry about the legitimacy of the new update. You are in safe hands. This 3rd beta version was released this Monday (7th July) for those who were willing to pay for it.
Apparently, the company has targeted a lot of issues that were reported for the first 2 beta releases. All of the bugs have been duly fixed. In a way, this beta release is important as user testing will reveal the real time effectiveness of the operating system.
While iOS 7 was all about visual redesign, the new iOS 8 includes some amazing features for both iPad and iPhone, and new functionalities also allow greater synchronization of the mobile devices with the Mac such that users can take calls and respond to messages on their Mac devices.
The beta release was mainly targeted at developers who were able to download and install it last month. General users can also get their hands on the new iOS before release for a price. Apple developers, however, can access the beta version of iOS 8 for free without any charges being levied to them whatsoever.
Things to Check Before Downloading iOS 8 Beta 3
If you thought that getting the new beta iOS version was as simple as clicking the download button, then you are mistaken. Just go through the following checklist which should be verified BEFORE downloading the new operating system.
- Check whether your iTunes is up to date. If not, then make sure you update it to the latest version. You can check the version by clicking on “Check for Updates” in the program or visiting the App Store.
- Make sure that your iPhone or iPad’s UDID is registered with IMZDL. This is a popular source for iOS and OS X betas.
- You need to find out your device’s specific identifier. For example, Verizon users have A1429 as the identifier while AT&T users have A1428.
- Before commencing the OS update, check whether all of your apps are updated as well. It would be good to create a backup up of all the information that you have on the phone.
Once you have gone through this checklist, you are good to go.
How to Download iOS 8 Beta 3:
You can get the beta version of the iOS 8 by following these simple steps:
- Download the beta file for the iOS 8 and ensure that it is compatible with your device. (iOS versions may differ with each specific model type for iPhone and iPad devices). You need to provide your user names (as created for the Apple ID) and the password following which the file should show on IMZDI. While developers won’t be charged a penny, general users would have to shell out $99 for it.
- Now that you have the file with you, open iTunes and select “Restore your iPhone” with iOS 8 beta 3. Mac users need to do this by holding down the Alt/Option when clicking “Restore” while Windows users would have to hold the “shift” key for the same.
- iPhone firmware files have the extension “.ipsw”. So locate the downloaded update beta file with this file extension (you should be able to find this in the ‘downloads’ folder). When you have located the file, the system will simply restore the phone’s OS with the new build and once it is done, you will get the new best version on your device.
The installation process is rather simple but be advised that it could take up some time and the process consumes a lot of battery charge. So make sure you have enough charge on your phone before you begin the installation process.
When you attempt to download this file, you would be greeted by Apple’s disclaimer which states that, “the early version of iOS is intended only for installation on development devices registered with Apple’s Developer Program. Attempting to install this version of iOS in an unauthorized manner could put your device in an unusable state, which could necessitate an out-of-warranty repair.”
While getting the new iOS 8 before its official release may seem to be rather tempting and would definitely make you the attention grabber, but be advised that the beta version may well contain software bugs and other errors. This is one of the reasons why beta versions are always useful for developers who not only contribute towards the enhancement of the operating system by identifying issues and testing it thoroughly, but they are also able to save the device in the event of system crash. Novices should ideally stay away from such installations as without proper understanding, they would not only be losing their money ($99 charge for accessing the beta file) but with lack of experience and knowledge, they may end up damaging their device as well. So approach this tempting offer with extreme care.
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