Time for an Apple iOS update, are you ready? iOS 7 is now in beta so you can test away all the new features, functions and be the first to see the controversial new design! You can get this for you iPhone from the official developer iOS 7 download, whether you are using a Mac or a Windows PC. The iOS 7 install file comes in a DMG file (Mac specific) and you will need a DMG Extractor to get the required .ipsw file on your Windows PC.
Download the iOS 7 DMG files from Apple Developers Centre
Developers can download the iOS 7 DMG install files from the Apple Developers Centre (membership required). There is a different install for each compatible device, so make sure your download matches the correct install for your device.
The iOS 7 beta compatible devices are:
- iPhone 4
- iPhone 4S
- iPhone 5
- iPod touch 5th generation
- Support for iPad 2, iPad with retina display (third and fourth generations) and iPad Mini is coming later in the summer
How to extract the IPSW file for Windows install from iOS 7 beta DMG
The IPSW file needed for upgrading your device to the iOS 7 beta in iTunes, can be extracted on Windows with the DMG Extractor software in just a couple of easy steps. We have a great blog on how to extract ipsw files for Windows, or you can take a look at the video below:
Upgrade your Apple device to iOS 7 beta
To upgrade your Apple device to the iOS 7 beta, all you need to do is restore the IPSW file to your device with iTunes (make sure you have the latest version of iTunes. It just takes a couple of steps to get iOS7, even if you are using a Windows PC:
- Make a backup of your phone and be sure to keep it safe. You can check the content of your backup for free using the iPhone Backup Extractor
- Login with your developer account to download the DMG files (unless you have a non-UDID download)
- Extract the files with DMG Extractor
- Make a note of the specific IPSW file you will need to upgrade
- Open iTunes, hold "CTRL" and click choose "Check for Update" and select the iOS 7 IPSW file you extracted from the DMG
Back up before you update to iOS 7 beta
Before updating to iOS we advise that you make an iTunes backup and store a copy of it on your computer, away from the default iTunes folder, for safe keeping − you never know when data corruption occurs. Our iPhone Backup Extractor also works on iOS 7 iTunes backups, ready to extract your data if needed! Also, beware beta versions of software generally mean there might be bugs, can be unstable or be incompatible with your iOS 6 data. You can always downgrade if needed to iOS 6 or the latest stable iOS version with a good saved backup.
Have you found any bugs in iOS 7 yet? Tell us what you think about it!