It looks like Christmas came early this year for those itching to get this autumn’s iOS 9 on their iPhones (and iPads) sooner rather than later. First this week Apple dropped the third Developer Beta into its developer’s hands. This beta had a HUGE amount of bug fixes, plus it finally included not only Apple Music (which was absent in the first two developer betas), but also the brand new Apple News app, which Apple heavily spotlighted at its World Wide Developers Conference.
iOS 9 will be available from Wednesday, September 16 as a free software update for iPhone 4s and later, iPod touch 5th generation and later, iPad 2 and later and iPad mini and later
“iOS 9 is packed with intelligence that makes every experience with iPhone and iPad even more powerful — Siri can do more than ever and new proactive assistance helps you get more done before you ask, all while protecting users’ privacy,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering. “With iOS 9 we focused on strengthening the foundation of iOSwith a deep focus on quality, and with the help of more than one million users who participated in our first ever public beta program, we’re excited to release the best version of iOS yet.”
The next version of the OS powering the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch has a slew of new features including Transit directions for Maps, the new News aggregation app, improvements to Notes and Carplay, and a newly renamed Passbook app–now called Wallet. And that’s just on the iPhone. The iPad gets some major love in iOS 9 with picture-in-picture support for video, a new QuickType keyboard, multitasking features via Slide Over, and even split screen support. And that’s to say nothing of the new Siri Proactive features on all devices.
If that weren’t enough, Apple then dropped the first ever Public iOS Beta into people’s laps. That’s right, for the first time in history Apple has released a public beta so interested people can get a feel for iOS 9 well ahead of the official launch–and also be guinea pigs for its bugs. This comes as part of Apple’s on-going initiative, which started with OS X, whereby users are invited to road test new software in a bid to speed up the bug checking process and make the final software more robust. It worked well for OS X Yosemite, so it comes as no surprise that Apple – and now Google – is doing the same with its mobile OS.
But iOS 9 is so feature packed, you might just not mind being a guinea pig for Apple. The next version of the OS powering the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch has a slew of new features including Transit directions for Maps, the new News aggregation app, improvements to Notes and Carplay, and a newly renamed Passbook app–now called Wallet. And that’s just on the iPhone. The iPad gets some major love in iOS 9 with picture-in-picture support for video, a new QuickType keyboard, multitasking features via Slide Over, and even split screen support. And that’s to say nothing of the new Siri Proactive features on all devices.
So, want to get your hands on the iOS 9 beta now? Well in this article we’re telling you how to get your hands on BOTH–and will explain why you might want one over the other and what the potential drawbacks of each could be.
How to install the iOS 9 Public Beta
Let’s tackle the Public Beta first–because that’s the one most of you should be using if you want to run iOS 9 on your device before its wide release this fall. As previously stated, iOS 9 is the first iOS that Apple is releasing a public beta for. Why? Well, they’re hoping to squash as many bugs for the wide release (known as the GM, or “gold master” release, this fall). And this is a good idea. After all, iOS has almost a billion users and if major bugs get released with the GM version you have a lot of unhappy people. So the idea with the iOS 9 Public Beta is that you let the eager early adopters test it now (there will likely be over a few million people who want to test–far more than the number of developers testing it) and you’ll spot many more bugs than you normally would if you just had developer betas.
Do keep in mind that you should think carefully about installing the public beta. Even though it is Apple approved to install it is still a beta and still comes with risks. Apple evens warns testers that the iOS 9 Public Beta is filled with known bugs and that even some of your third-party apps may not work on it. The main takeaway is that it you user your iPhone or iPad for work and need it to perform flawlessly, DO NOT install the public beta. If you want to assume the risk, well then, carry on….
Here’s how you grab the Public Beta.
Go to Apple’s Apple Beta Software Program website.
Click the Sign Up button.
Enter your Apple ID information.
You’ll then get an email with the Download Profile link. Tap this link on your iOS device you want to install the beta on. In the window that appears tap the Install button and enter your device’s PIN.
Restart your iOS device.
Once your device restarts tap Settings>General>Software Update. You should now see the iOS 9 beta listed as a waiting software update. Proceed to install it as you would any other iOS update.
After your device restarts, you’ll have the iOS 9 Public Beta. Have fun, play around, and don’t forget to end your bug reports (you’ll have plenty of them) to Apple.
Also note that Apple does throw Public Beta users a lifeline. If the beta is too buggy for you you can downgrade to iOS 8.4 by following the instructions here.
How to install the iOS 9 Developer Beta 3
Remember how I said there were two iOS 9 betas? The other one is the Developer Beta–which is currently on its third beta (though this third beta should have little more than what’s available in the public beta). Developer betas are typically buggier than any public beta–but they often are a little more further along on the feature front as developer betas cram all the latest stuff in because Apple needs devs to test those features and make sure they are stable enough to roll out in the public beta.
Normally you have to be a developer with a paid Apple Developer membership to get access to the latest developer builds but if you want to get it the shady way check out the guys at YouTube channel iCrackUriDevice who have posted a video that shows you how.
But before we show you the video there are some MAJOR WARNINGS you should heed if you’re thinking of doing this. First, know that the iOS 9 Developer 3 beta is more “beta” than the Public Beta, which means that things are even more buggy and broken. Developer beta software also voids any warranty on your iOS devices. So if the beta somehow bricks your device–well, time to buy a new one; you’re out of luck. Second warning: with developer betas you can’t always downgrade to the precious stable iOS like you can with public betas. Third warning: we don’t endorse doing this in any way. You do this, it’s all on you–so proceed with caution. Finally, know that this isn’t totally legit as it involves installing software meant for developers. In other words–Apple frowns on this.
If you’re cool with all the above then check out the video below to see how you can install iOS 9 on your device right now.