iOS 7 Beta 2 Available for Download Now, Includes iPad & iPad Mini Support
The second beta of iOS 7 is now available to download for registered developers. Arriving as build 11A4400F, this update includes many bug fixes and improvements to the beta release, and is available for iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch 5th gen, iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad 4, and iPad Mini. This is the first iOS 7 beta that has been made available for the iPad series.
Download iOS 7 Beta 2
The easiest way to download iOS 7 beta 2 is through Over-the-Air update on any device currently running the first beta. Apple’s developer site also includes download links as usual.
This can be done through Settings > General > Software Update. The OTA download weighs in between 160MB and 240MB, depending on the device that iOS 7 is installed on. Downloading the update is quite fast, but many who are installing the update currently find that it sits on “Preparing Update…” for quite a while, with a very slow moving progress bar. Once that is finished, tap on “Install Update” to proceed with the actual installation, where a “Verifying Update” message appears before the device reboots with a new progress bar, before launching into the second beta.
iOS developers registered with Apple can also log into Apple’s Developer Center to get direct download links to beta 2 IPSW. Those wishing to install iOS 7 beta 2 on an iPad must use the developer portal and download the firmware directly from Apple.
You can also use the links below, which point directly to the DMG file hosted on Apple’s servers. Do note these will be only accessible to those registered with the Developer Program and logged into their individual accounts. Mount the DMG image to locate the IPSW firmware file to use for updating to beta 2:
- iPad (4th generation Model A1458)
- iPad (4th generation Model A1459)
- iPad (4th generation Model A1460)
- iPad mini (Model A1432)
- iPad mini (Model A1454)
- iPad mini (Model A1455)
- iPad Wi Fi (3rd generation)
- iPad Wi Fi + Cellular (model for ATT)
- iPad Wi Fi + Cellular (model for Verizon)
- iPad 2 Wi Fi (Rev A)
- iPad 2 Wi Fi
- iPad 2 Wi Fi + 3G (GSM)
- iPad 2 Wi Fi + 3G (CDMA)
- iPhone 5 (Model A1428)
- iPhone 5 (Model A1429)
- iPhone 4S
- iPhone 4 (GSM Rev A)
- iPhone 4 (GSM)
- iPhone 4 (CDMA)
- iPod touch (5th generation)
iOS 7 is a significant overhaul of iOS, with vastly different user interface elements and tons of new features. iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch owners who are not part of the developer program can preview the new iOS on their devices using videos and screen shots from Apple, otherwise they must wait until this Fall for the wider public release.