A few days ago, Apple announced the latest version of its mobile operating system. The new operating system is, actually, coming in 2 distinct versions:
- iOS 13 for iPhone and iPod Touch devices
- iPadOS 13 for iPad tablets
iOS 13 and iPad OS 13 is so cool that allows us to develop Kinect-like body-tracking applications for our iPhone and iPad devices!
This first beta version is currently available only for paid Apple Developer accounts. However, Apple is committed to releasing the public beta during July 2019
Installing beta software may cause problems or malfunctions to your devices. So, before installing iOS 13, ensure that you have backed up your data and that your device is not used in a production environment.
You’ve been warned. Still good to go? Let’s get started…
First thing is to ensure you have an iOS 13- compatible iPhone or iPad device. The following iOS (iPhone & iPad) models are eligible to update to iOS 13:
|iPhone XS||12.9-inch iPad Pro|
|iPhone XS Max||11-inch iPad Pro|
|iPhone XR||10.5-inch iPad Pro|
|iPhone X||9.7-inch iPad Pro|
|iPhone 8||iPad (6th generation)|
|iPhone 8 Plus||iPad (5th generation)|
|iPhone 7||iPad Mini (5th generation)|
|iPhone 7 Plus||iPad Mini 4|
|iPhone 6S||iPad Air (3rd generation)|
|iPhone 6S Plus||iPad Air 2|
|iPod Touch (7th generation)|
iOS 13 installation
I have listed the iOS 13 installation steps for you.
Install macOS 10.15 Catalina
- On your Mac computer, open your preferred browser, go to developer.apple.com and click the Account button.
- Sign in with your Apple credentials.
- Click Downloads.
- You should see the Mac OS Catalina profile. Click Install Profile.
- The DMG installer should start downloading. Wait until the installer is downloaded.
- Install the package.
- Open System Preferences.
- Select Software Update.
- You should see macOS 10.15 beta available.
- Click Upgrade Now.
- Follow the installation process and wait patiently.
- When finished, restart your computer.
You should now have macOS Catalina!
Install XCode 11 beta
If you are reading this article, I assume you are a developer. To run iOS apps using the latest features, you need Apple’s XCode 11 beta.
To install XCode 11, simply go back to your Apple account developer page and select Downloads (like we did before). Then, switch to the Applications tab. Locate XCode and click Download. When finished, install the .xip file as you’d normally do.
Install iOS 13
Since your computer is properly set up for iOS 13 development, it’s time to install the new operating system in your iPhone or iPad device.
- Head back to the Apple Developer site and head to the iOS 13 section.
- Select the OS version for your device and download.
- Connect your iPhone or iPad device to the computer.
- On your iPhone/iPad, disable “Find My iPhone” (Settings → Apple ID → iCloud).
- Using Finder (and not iTunes), locate your device.
- Click Restore iPhone/iPad while holding down the Option key.
- Locate the .ipsw file you downloaded in step #2 and click OK.
- Wait a few minutes for the installation to complete.
Congratulations! You are now running the latest beta iOS software 🙂
Rolling back to iOS 12
In case you are facing problems with the installation, you can always roll back to iOS 12. You can read the CNET guides on creating an encrypted backup of your data and then leaving the beta program.
‘Til the next time, keep coding!
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