The third beta of iOS 7 has been released by Apple for supported iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch models. The beta arrives as build 11A4414e and is expected to include many bug fixes and improvements, as it further pushes iOS 7 to it’s anticipated public release later this year.
Download iOS 7 Beta 3 from OTA
Those running iOS 7 beta 2 can download the new beta directly from Over-The-Air updates:
- From Settings, visit “General” then go to “Software Update” to find the new version
Tapping “Download and Install” begins the update process. OTA update remains the easiest way to get the latest beta versions of iOS 7, as the update arrives in delta format making it a smaller download that is then installed directly on the device.
Installing through Software Update can sometimes hang for a while on the “Preparing Update…” stage, so don’t be surprised if it takes much longer to prepare the update than it does to download. The iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch will reboot itself when the update is completed.
iOS 7 Beta 3 Direct Download Links for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch
Users who are interested in performing a clean install of iOS 7 beta 3 can download firmware contained on a disk image for compatible devices directly from Apple’s Developer Center (dev login required), then use the IPSW to update directly from iTunes:
- 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 beta software is intended for use on developer devices and not for everyday usage. Nonetheless, if you wish to experiment with the beta, it remains very simple to downgrade from the beta back to stable iOS 6 builds in the event it’s needed.
Alongside the iOS 7b3 is a new development release of Xcode 5, versioned as Developer Preview 3, which is also accessible from Apple’s developer portal. An update to OS X Mavericks is expected to arrive shortly.