iOS 7 Beta 3 released Monday, July 2013 for iPhone, iPod, iPad and iPad Mini as most of us had anticipated. Though the Beta 2 expiration date is still several weeks away (August 8), many developers I'm sure are anxious to download and install the latest iOS 7 Beta 3. To access the direct download links and instructions, scroll to the bottom of the article; otherwise, continue reading for more details.
About iOS 7
As is the custom with Apple, the iOS 7 beta 3 released just two weeks behind the beta 2 which arrived on June 24, 2013. This update was preceded by Beta 1, released two weeks prior at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference, where both iOS 7 and OSX Mavericks were showcased.
iOS 7 has been completely redesigned both in terms of the features and appearance, and for some it has been difficult to adust to the updates to the user interface (UI) and user experience. Still, the updated system brings numerous features Apple iOS users everywhere are excited about. The changes include a new control center, changes to the notification center and lockscreen updates. When iOS 7 beta 2 released, it brought even more changes including new Voice Memos, improved Siri Voice, changes to FaceTime, Reminders, Music apps and more. The battery life which with the first beta was a huge complaint seems to improve somewhat in Beta 2. In addition, iPad Minis and iPad were able to test Beta 2 and will also be included in the Beta 3 update.
How to Download and Install iOS 7 Beta 3 [DIRECT LINKS]
For those who already have the Beta 2 installed, download of Beta 3 is currently available through over-the-air updating on iOS devices. Direct links however can be found at the iOS Dev Center or listed below. Those with developer accounts can download and install the latest beta 3 of iOS 7 for testing starting today.
Here are the direct links for downloading and installing iOS 7 Beta 3 based on the device you are using. In order to access these links however, you must have a registered Apple developer account. The directions for acquiring an Apple developers account are listed below.
How to Register for an Apple Developer's Account, Download iOS 7 Beta 2 on iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch
1. To get an iOS developer account, you must visit the Apple website and purchase a developer account. The cost is $99 a year for an Apple developers account.
2.You will also need to register your developer device in the iOS Development Center to authenticate the device.
3. Before downloading the iOS 7 Beta 3, back up your files on iTunes. This is a precaution just in case the device crashes and loses your data and you have to start from scratch, you can grab the backup from iTunes.
4. Once you satisfied all of the above requirements and procedures, you can now proceed to the actual downloading and installing of iOS 7 beta.
5. WARNING: Keep in mind that when preparing to test a beta version of the iOS 7 software, you will want to use an alternate device — not your main or personal device as bugs in the beta can cause crashes or even "bricking" of the device.
6. iOS 7 currently supports iPhone 5 (CDMA and GSM and global GSM), iPhone 4S, iPhone 4 (GSM, GMS Rev A and CDMA) and iPod Touch 5th Generation, iPad 2, 3 and 4, as well as iPad Mini.
What's Changed in IOS 7 Beta 3?
Looking at the iOS 7 Beta 3 change log, here are a few of the things listed that have been fixed or update.
AirPlay Fixes in Beta 3
When sending music to an Apple TV, advancing to the next track may fail.
Audio volume may increase dramatically and unexpectedly during AirPlay.
iCloud Fixes in Beta 3
The keyboard is not present in the iCloud Keychain approval dialog after screen unlock. Workaround: Tap on either Don't Allow or Allow. The keyboard will be presented the next time.
If you change the country associated with a phone number in Settings > iCloud > Account Name > Keychain, you will not be able to view the changed country name/code. Workaround: Turn off Keychain Restore, and then turn it back on.
You won't be asked to enter your iCloud credentials to disable Activation Lock prior to erasing. After the device is erased, your device will be activation locked. Workaround: Delete the iCloud account prior to erasing the device. If in this state, enter your iCloud account credentials to unlock the device.
iCloud Keychain users who set up an additional device will receive an approval request to the other devices with iCloud Keychain turned on. The approval request will not be displayed if their screens are off and the devices are idle. Workaround: Wake up any peer device to accept the approval request.
In iOS 7, Find My iPhone and Bookmarks toggles are no longer supported on secondary iCloud accounts. When you update your device with either of these options enabled on a secondary iCloud account, they will be turned off with no user notification. Workaround: Set up the primary iCloud account via Settings/iCloud and then enable Find My iPhone or Bookmarks.
On rare occasions, users might experience difficulties setting up iCloud Keychain on some of their devices. Workaround: A temporary Reset iCloud Keychain button is available in iCloud Settings > Account > Account Security.
Settings Fixes in Beta 3
In General > Background App Refresh, the per-app settings are not honored.
Setup Fixes in Beta 3
After erasing the device from Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content & Settings, CrashReporter logs will no longer be copied from the device to the computer.
Workaround: Restore the device from an IPSW instead of using Erase All Content & Settings on the device
Springboard Fixes in Seed 3
Passcode Lock and Auto-lock time settings are not always respected. Sometimes the device does not require a passcode when the settings indicate it should.
Some apps may receive duplicate push notifications or no notification.
The app switcher does not show all of the suspended apps.
UIKit Fixes In Beta 3
When a device without a passcode is connected to an untrusted computer, iTunes will tell the user to approve on the phone, yet the phone never asks the user to approve. The phone is trusted anyway, so there is no functional impact, but the UI is missing.
UISwitch on Tint Colors is always green, regardless of what it's set to.
VoiceOver Fixes in Beta 3
Reminders does not work with VoiceOver.