The web is buzzing, the Twittersphere is dropping hashtags everywhere, and Geekfori has upgraded to iOS 6 to give you a behind the scenes look at Apple’s latest iOS.
We wanted to make sure everyone knew what was required and how to actually upgrade before we gave you all a preview. Have you installed a beta before?
iOS 6 is a beta software. Beta means that you install and use at your own risk in hopes of reporting all bugs and ideas back to Apple to better the product.
I am not sure the second part of that statement actually happens, but we can hope right!?
***Update*** For those of you here looking for the way to upgrade now that iOS 6 has been released – here you are!
Hit up your Settings app and navigate to General.
Once there, tap Software Update. Your iDevice will automatically start checking to see if your software is up to date.
After a few moments, it will tell you that iOS 6 is available and ask you if you want to download it. It will give you a message about plugging in your iDevice or leaving it unplugged.
It is your choice, I always plug in my iPhone, just in case.
As with ALL updates, PLEASE make a backup!
There are two ways to upgrade to iOS 6 at this point, and both require your UDID. A UDID is a “Unique Device Identifier” and something only your device has. Your iPhone and iPad have their own UDID’s and that is what is needed to contact Apple to upgrade to iOS 6.
Here is how to get the UDID off your iDevice:
You can head over to the AppStore and download a great little utility from the famous Erica Sudan named Ad Hoc Helper. Launch this little gem and enter your email address. It sends your UDID from your iDevice to your email.
- Open iTunes.
- Select your iDevice when it appears in the left column.
- Click the Summary tab. The serial number will display to the right of the photo of your iDevice
- Click Serial Number, and the Identifier (UDID) will appear
Once you have your UDID you will need to give it to a Developer to add to their account or add it to your device list on your own account.
The account will have a list of the beta files to download according to your device.
Once you have the ipsw files, you connect your iDevice back to iTunes. From the main page, you will need to hold down the “alt” key and click on restore. This will bring up a file explorer window for you to locate the ipsw file.
Click on the ipsw and be patient. Apple will validate your UDID and allow your iDevice to full restore to this new build of iOS 6.
It really is that easy!
Are you running iOS 6? Why not?