iOS 7 Beta 2 released Monday June 24, 2013 and though it is not set to expire for another month people are already curious about when the exact expiration date is, how soon to expect the iOS 7 Beta 3 and how to downgrade iOS 7 beta 2, to restore iOS 6.1.3 or 6.1.4 on iPhone 5, 4S, 4, iPad, iPad Mini and other devices capable of running Apple's latest firmware beta.
If you need to know how to downgrade from iOS 7 beta 2 to 6.1.3 or 6.1.4 on your iPad, iPhone, iPod or iPad Mini, continue below to our simple tutorial guide below.
When Does iOS 7 Beta 2 Expire? When Does iOS 7 Beta 3 Release?
As to those hoping to continue previewing Apple's upcoming firmware, it has been rumored that iOS 7 Beta 3 could release as early as Monday, July 8, 2013 -- just a little over a week from now. These rumors were first reported by BGR. iOS 7 Beta 3 would arriving 2 weeks after Beta 2 seems to make sense as iOS 7 Beta 1 arrived June 10, 2013 and expired June 24, 2013. Beta 2 released the same day as the expiration of Beta 1 -- exactly two weeks after the first release. If Beta 3 releases July 8, 2013, it would also be two weeks after the preceding. This is similar to the pattern used in the Beta releases of iOS 6 in 2012.
iOS 7 Beta 2 users have a little bit wider of a window for upgrading or downgrading, however, as iOS 7 Beta 2 doesn't expire until August 8, 2013.
It is important, however, to bear the expiration dates of these betas in mind for upgrade and downgrade purposes. As any iOS developer knows, if you neglect to upgrade your device to the next iOS 7 Beta 3 or downgrade and restore to iOS 6.1.3 or 6.1.4, prior to the expiration date, your device will enter recovery mode, rendering in unusable.
When and Where Can I Download iOS 7 Beta 3?
Once the iOS 7 Beta 3 becomes available we will be sure to post instructions and direct download links for installing the firmware on your iPhone 5, 4S, 4, iPad 2, 3,4, iPad Mini and iPod Touch. If you haven't had a chance to install the current iOS 7 Beta 2 click here for those instructions and download links.
iOS 6 - 6.1.2 Untethered Jailbreak Users Be Warned
If you have an iOS 6 -6.1.2 untethered jailbreak on your iPhone 5, 4S, iPad or iPad Mini, installed you need to keep one thing in mind. Installing the iOS 7 Beta 2 will lose your jailbreak and there is no downgrading or restoring to iOS 6 - 6.1.2 or below.
For instructions to downgrade your iOS 7 Beta 2 to 6.1.3 or 6.14 check out our simple how-to guide below along with the helpful video from iDownloadBlog's Jeff Benjam.
How To Downgrade iOS 7 Beta 2 to iOS 6.1.3/6.1.4 for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch (Via iDownloadblog.com)
To downgrade your firmware from iOS 7 beta 2 to iOS 6.1.3, do the following:
Step 1: Download the iOS 6.1.3 (or 6.1.4 for the iPhone 5) to your desktop from our downloads page.
Step 2: connect your iOS device running iOS 7 beta to your computer.
Step 3: open iTunes, select your device, and option+click (shift+click in Windows) on the Restore button.
Step 4: point to the firmware you downloaded in step 1.
Step 5: watch as your device restores back to iOS 6.1.3 successfully.
Note: keep in mind that you may only downgrade to the latest publicly available firmware for iOS on an A5 device, even if you have SHSH blobs saved. For older devices like the iPhone 4, you may be able to downgrade to lesser firmware if you happen to have your SHSH blobs saved via Redsn0w. Instructions for downgrading to iOS 6 - 6.1.2 or below via Redns0w can be found here.
About iOS 7
iOS 7 was introduced at Apple's 2013 Worldwide Developer's Convention in Cupertino, CA June 10. The new mobile operating system brings with it a number of notable changes including a visually distinct User Interface (UI) with redesigned apps, lock screen, homescreen, Safari and settings features including a new control center favored by power iOS users. The new iOS is being raved about and critiqued more than any other iOS thus far. Biggest complaints for iOS 7 encompassed the drastic changes to app design, slow transitions and short battery life, though improvements were reported in Beta 2. iPads and iPad Mini were included in testable device with the Beta 2 and new features were added such as iCloud keychain, Voice Memos, and answer-a-call buttons. We look forward to seeing all the changes that will occur as each new iOS 7 beta releases.
What are your favorite changes in iOS 7 thus far? What do you hope to see changed in upcoming Betas? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.