I’m going to show you how to download & install iOS 7 for your iPhone right now in 6 easy steps so you don’t have to wait for an official release.
UPDATE: This morning (8/20) my iPhone prompted an update to the most recent iOS 7 Beta (Version 6). This is the most up-to-date Beta version for iOS 7 and will likely be the last before the Master Release in coming weeks. It fixes various bugs, of which I never personally experienced any. You’re safe to update to this version of the software, it’ll take about 5 minutes and will do so without the need to plug your phone in at all.
These instructions are guaranteed to work on Mac’s. I haven’t tried it yet on a PC, but it should be the exact same process. Note that this is a Beta release of iOS 7 and some of the features & functions may change a little bit for the official release by Apple when it comes out. However, from what I’ve read and experienced, this version is pretty much the final product and it’s very polished. I’ve found no bugs whatsoever and it functions phenomenally on my iPhone 5. See below for screenshots of iOS 7 in action. Installing this Beta version of iOS 7 right now will not have any negative effects on your phone, you’ll simply be pushed the final Apple update when it’s set to live. Check it out, it’s pretty awesome.
Installing the iOS 7 Beta.
Step 1. Finding your Model Number. Go to Settings –> General –> About –> Legal –> Regulatory. Write down the numerical code circled in red below.
Step 2. Visit this link: http://bit.ly/16w7sIy
Step 3. Download the corresponding file for your iPhone model. Each download file is identified by the “A1428” or similar Model Code and it’s critical that you get the right download version of iOS 7 for your device so if you have any questions, please feel free to ask in the comments section below and I’ll be happy to help. Be sure to download the file from the computer that you normally sync your iPhone with (if you still manually back up).
Step 4. Once the download is complete (note that this may take a couple of hours via slow internet connections, my download time was about 20min on a fast connection), drag the file onto your desktop.
Step 5. Open up iTunes, plug your phone in, make sure to back it up (or if you use iCloud, make sure it’s up-to-date).
Step 6. Once your phone is synced up, you will need to manually update your iPhone to iOS 7. Go into iTunes, select your device, hover your mouse over the “Update” button, hold down CTRL + SHIFT and then click “Update.” You’ll then be prompted to select which file to update your iOS with. Select the iOS 7 download file installed on your desktop and the update will kick off. Follow the prompted steps on you’re phone and you’re good to go.
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Here’s a preview of some of the big, big changes that went into Apple’s new iOS 7 for iPhone.
Let us know what you think once you’ve had a chance to check it out!