It has been over two weeks since Apple seeded iOS 6.1 beta 2 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch to registered developers. Prepping a major iOS update for public release usually sees a lot more than just two beta versions. iOS 6.1 is a much awaited update for Apple’s mobile platform as it will reportedly fix many of the issues that millions of iOS users around the world have been facing.
The iOS 6.1 beta 3 IPSW is now available for download on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Getting this new beta will be particularly easy for those who have the iOS 6.1 beta 2 already installed. Like all firmware updates after iOS 5.0, even the beta versions are rolled out over-the-air.
There’s a caveat with beta iOS firmware and the same will prevail if you download iOS 6.1 beta 3 IPSW for your iOS device. Apple does not make beta firmware available to the general public. Meaning that this iOS 6.1 beta 3 IPSW can only be downloaded by developers who have signed up for Apple’s developer program. The program costs $99 annually and the general public generally doesn’t part with such money just to try beta iOS firmware.
Even if you do get your hands on an iOS 6.1 beta 3 IPSW through a third party source, do keep in mind that Apple does not legally intend for its beta firmware to end up in the general public’s hands. The beta firmware is seeded only to developers so that they can get their apps ready for the next major release as well as report back to Apple on any bugs that they might find.
Downloading iOS 6.1 beta 3 IPSW is quite easy for registered developers. Just visit the Apple Developers Portal and get the IPSW file from there. The IPSW file can then be installed on your device via iTunes. Alternatively if you have the previous beta installed, simply fire up Settings.app go to General followed by Software Update. The device will automatically inform you that iOS 6.1 beta 3 is available for download. The good thing about over-the-air updates is that the updates are automatically downloaded and installed on your device without requiring you to do anything that might cause you to break a sweat.
As was the case with iOS 6.1 beta 2, there is no lengthy changelog. It is safe to assume that iOS 6.1 beta 3 brings with it a host of much needed bug fixes. Moreover there is a possibility that Apple’s much criticized Maps application has finally been put on the right track. As of this moment there is no concrete date for the release of iOS 6.1 to the public.