the new iOS 6 had finally been unveiled to all of you, Apple freaks, at the recent event called WWDC held a couple of days ago. This new iOS installment brings many new things, specifically 200 new features to your iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, such as: the new revolutionized 3D Maps as the replacement for Google Maps on Apple devices, new improvements on Siri, Facebook integration and many more. However, iOS 6 will only be available to install for iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPad 2, the new iPad and iPod Touch 4th gen. So if you’re using the older device that is not mentioned above, don’t bother installing iOS 6 on your device because it won’t work.
the beta version of iOS 6 has just been rolled out by Apple specifically for developers. But if you’re so curious with this new iOS 6 and want to see how it rolls on your Apple device, then you’ll be glad to hear that you can also join the excitement of iOS 6 beta tester community and test drive the new features in iOS 6 to your iDevice. However, Apple states that if you install this iOS 6 beta, your device can’t be revered back to the stable iOS version, although it’ll still sign as iOS 5.1.1. But if you don’t really know whatsoever about installing beta version of IOS 6, then you might want to wait patiently until the final version of this iOS 6 arrives soon in the fall.
Anyway, if you’re still eager to try this iOS 6 beta on your device, bear in mind that this beta version is still in the early stage, so things like crash, lag and freeze will be familiar to see, although some users also report that this iOS 6 beta gives better experience than other users.
There are 3 alternative options that you can choose in getting this iOS 6 beta to your iDevice. The first option is by applying yourself to Apple in order to get your Individual Developer Account which costs $99 a year. The second one is by registering your phone’s UDID number via IMDZL service for only $8. And the last option is to get the iOS 6 Beta for your device that doesn’t cost you any money A.K.A FREE.
Okay then, without further ado, if you are fully conscious and ready to inject this iOS 6 beta version to your Apple device, these are the steps you need to follow. Credit goes to guys at PhoneArena for providing this tutorial.
I. FIRST OPTION: Apply to become Apple developer for $99 a year to get the iOS 6 beta.
Apple releases this iOS 6 beta specifically for developers so they can learn and be familiar with the whole new environment in the iOS 6. So if you’ve already been registered as Apple developer, then you can get this iOS 6 beta in your Individual Developer Account. Firstly, you can go straight to your account, register the UDID number of your device, then download and install the iOS 6 beta to your device via iTunes or Xcode.
On the other hand, if you’re not registered yet and want to get the Individual Developer Account, you can also apply yourself to Apple by paying $99 a year.
II. SECOND OPTION: Register your device’s UDID number via IMDZL for $8
a) If you don’t want to apply for Individual Developer Account on Apple because you don’t want to spend $99 a year, the other best option to download the iOS 6 beta on your iDevice is by registering the UDID number of your iPhone or iPad via IMDZL service that costs you only $8 (Anyway, if you don’t have any clue whatsoever about what UDID number really is, the free UDID sender application in the App Store can help you get your phone’s UDID number and send it to your email address).
b) The next thing you need to do is to register the UDID number on IMDZL service and get the iOS 6 beta downloaded specifically for your device version. The file weighs around 800MB for the iPhone version while the iPad version is more than 1GB, so you need to be really patient during the downloading process since IMDZL server is currently busy.
c) Next, you need to click on the device name. And then, hold the “Shift” button while pressing the option “Restore” for Windows users. And if you’re using Mac OS, hold “alt/option” while pressing “Restore” option.
d) Now you need to find the file that you’ve downloaded before form IMDZL, it has an extension .ipsw. Anyway, in the prompted windows, choose that .ipsw file to begin installing the iOS 6 beta. After the installation process is finished (around 10 – 15 minutes), you must reinstall your own contacts, apps and messages that you’ve already saved in the last backup on iTunes. You can check out the video below to learn more about the whole process.
III. THIRD OPTION: Get the free iOS 6 Beta for your Apple device
Besides those 2 options above, there is one last option to install iOS 6 beta on your Apple device without spending your penny at all A.K.A free. And that’s by doing these steps below. But you need to know that since this is FREE, iOS 6 that will be injected to your device will be the second beta version, which is probably not worth the risk, so you might want to think twice before proceeding to this option.
a) Okay, if you still want to proceed, here what you need to do. First thing is to backup the state of your device via iTunes, if necessary, you can also upgrade your iTunes software to the 10.6.3 version and back up again to avoid the risk.
b) The next thing to do is to download the iOS 5.1.1 firmware for your device (from the source link below) and “Restore” your device to that firmware via iTunes, of course by holding the “Shift” button while clicking the “Restore” option (for Windows users). For Mac users, hold “alt/option” instead while pressing the “Restore” option. And then, in the prompted windows, choose the iOS 5.1.1 firmware file that you’ve downloaded before.
c) Lastly, pick the option “Check for Updates” (by holding “Shift” button for Windows users or “alt/option” button for Mac users) and in the prompted windows, choose the iOS 6 file that you’ve already downloaded via IMDZL.
source: iOS 5.1.1, UDID Sender, IMDZL via Tutorial by PhoneArena