iOS 9 has definitely sparked interests in Apple users who just can’t wait to get their hands on the latest mobile OS. I am sure that you are looking for ways to get iOS 9 now on your iPhones and iPads. You can get it now. Yes, the commercial launch of this mobile OS is due in autumn, but the company will bring out developer versions of the OS so that beta testing may be performed for it. This is your golden opportunity to get it before anyone else.
iOS 9 cannot be installed on certain old models of the iPhone mainly due to the hardware and firmware requirements of the new OS. The list of supported devices is as follows:
- iPhone 6 Plus
- iPhone 6
- iPhone 5s
- iPhone 5c
- iPhone 5
- iPhone 4s
- iPad Air 2
- iPad Air
- iPad 4
- iPad 3
- iPad 2
- iPad mini 3
- iPad mini 2
- iPad mini
- iPod touch 5th gen
iOS 9 Beta Developer Version
You can get iOS 9 in more than one way for your iOS driven device. As of now, the most feasible option is to go for the developer version of the OS which is currently being made available to developers. This requires registration and some hassles, but you should be able to get your hands on it. Ask a developer friend to help out in case you are not too confident about getting it done yourself.
Apple will make a public beta launch to test the OS from an end user perspective. But that will take time. In order to get iOS 9 ahead of this launch, you would have to join the iOS Developer Program. Be prepared for errors and / or bugs in the OS version because the entire purpose of the beta testing (by developers) is to identify the problems and rectify it in time. However, this is not the only purpose of the developer version.
With the beta version of the OS, apps developers get a chance to try the new OS, so they can get to work in writing new apps and updating existing apps for the new operating system. So the version is currently aimed at developers as well as hardware manufacturers who could work with Apple for compatible products and accessories.
How to Enrol in the iOS 9 Beta Program
You can register for the Apple Beta Software Program by following these simple steps.
- Head over to Apple’s developer
- Go to the “Apple Developer Program” by clicking on the “Program” tab in the menu bar.
- Select the “Enroll” option (indicated by a blue button in the top right portion of the screen)
- Sign in with your Apple ID, then read through the terms and conditions of being a beta user. When you’re done, click Accept.
Just be warned that you would have to shell out an annual fee of $99 to register for an Apple account. This is a sort of filter which Apple has implemented to encourage only serious participation in the program, even if the person is not actually a developer.
Download and Install the iOS 9 Beta for Developers
Just follow these steps to get iOS 9 for your Apple device.
- In the online iOS Dev Center you need to register your iPhone- or iPad’s UDID. Just locate the UDID (a unique identifying number used by Apple to identify the devices running the beta version of the OS) and enter it in the appropriate field on the website.
- Once you have entered the UDID, the website will prompt you to download the appropriate version of the OS. Choose the model that is relevant to you.
- Before installing the new OS, it would be better to back up your phone’s data so that you don’t end up losing important files if the installation does not work out as expected.
- When the setup file downloads completely, unzip the file and place it in a folder of your choice. The file will have the extension .IPSW.
- Connect the iPhone or iPad to iTunes using your computer as the medium.
- Hold Shift (Alt on a Mac) and click the Restore iPhone button on the device’s Summary tab (next to Check for Update).
- Browse the files and select the .IPSW which you have already downloaded and kept in a separate folder.
- Wait as the OS gets installed on your Apple device. It will take some time, so be patient.
After installation, the device will reboot and you would get to experience the all new iOS 9 at its best. At least you would be able to garner the attention of those around you by flashing the latest Apple OS in front of them.
Join the Public Beta Programme
The public beta programme isn’t open right now, but you can register for it so that when it is released, you would be able to get your hands on the user-oriented version of iOS 9. When the time comes, Apple will notify all the registered users about the availability of the OS file and the way to download it. Obviously it won’t be as technical as the process described for the developer version of the iOS 9. It should be more or less like a regular OS update because this would be aimed at regular users.
You can register yourself for the public beta program by following these steps.
- Open the Apple Beta Software Program website.
- Use your Apple ID and password to register or login.
- Agree to a general user agreement that would be prompted at the time of registration.
At the moment, this is all that can be done. You would need to wait it out for the beta version of iOS to come out for public testing. A good thing the beta version for the public is that it would definitely be less buggy than the developer version. But the possibility of flaws or bugs cannot be completely eliminated at this stage.
Avoid Beta Versions If Possible
While the public beta testing initiated by Apple is a great step towards reducing the possibility of errors in the OS post release, you should avoid it unless absolutely necessary. I know that the urge to test out the beta version of the OS is too tempting, but you should avoid it as much as possible. Even if you do get the beta version, make sure you get it on a device that doesn’t have much important or doesn’t hold a lot of important information.
Beta versions are solely intended for testing and this means that bugs would be present, stability issues will be there, and some or the other feature would be missing. Probably the most discouraging thing about this situation is that you can’t even complain about the beta OS if something goes wrong. The most that can be done is that your feedback would be recorded and subsequent improvements would be made along the way. But nothing would be done to compensate your loss (if incurred).
It is better to wait it out for the final version of iOS 9 to hit the market in September this year. Not only would this be a free upgrade for devices currently running iOS 8, but it would be free of problems and would have better stability.
If you have tried out the latest OS by Apple, then do share your experience in the comments section below. We would love to hear about it.
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