IOS 6 beta expiring

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  1. kevink2 macrumors 65816

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    Before I gave my iPhone 4 to my brother in law, I had wanted to see what IOS 6 looked like, so I had installed beta 4. He needed a better phone on a cheaper plan since he is driving a truck now.

    Anyway, the next time I met with him, I was going to see about upgrading the phone to the official release.

    Well, today I noticed that the beta expires TODAY.

    First, can the over the air update be done over cellular? I don't know if he will have access to wifi today.

    Two, what actually happens when the expiration date is reached? I get the impression from an older thread that it will not go past the lock screen.

    Thanks,
    Kevin
     
  2. brand, Sep 30, 2012
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    This is a good example of why non-developers shouldn't run beta software. Its called a beta for a reason.
     
  3. AlphaDogg macrumors 68040

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    Developers SHOULD run betas. Regular people should NOT.
     
  4. brand macrumors 601

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    Sorry, I fixed it.
     
  5. czar44 macrumors member

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    Any device tied to a developer account that expires while a beta is being used will need to be reactivated. I have developer accounts and accidentally let my account lapse last summer and my phone and iPad stopped working in the middle of the night.

    Not sure about ios6, but for ios5, once the beta expired, the device needed to be manually updated. It was not OTA. I updated my iPhone to the GM before release so it wasn't an issue, but he will likely need to update it, and because his phone thinks it already has the release version, he'll likely need to do it manually.
     
  6. thewitt macrumors 68020

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    There is no OTA update in the beta. It will stop functioning when it expires...
     
  7. AlphaDogg macrumors 68040

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    That's not true. You can OTA update from beta 4 to the golden master. The GM is the same as the release version.
     
  8. albertsw macrumors regular

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    Actually your wrong.
     
  9. kevink2 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I have a developer's account. So the download is legitimate. If it can't be OTA upgraded, he won't be happy.

    Unfortunately, the word was that the upgrade to 6 was non reversible, or I could have downgraded it back to 5.1.1 before giving it to him.
     
  10. AlphaDogg macrumors 68040

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    Actually I'm right.
     
  11. Dwalls90 macrumors 601

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    Don't think so. I had the beta 4 on iPad 3 and iPhone 4S. I didn't get the GM OTA.
     
  12. brand macrumors 601

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    But the person using the phone is not and he is the one caught up in this mess.
     
  13. AlphaDogg macrumors 68040

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    Hmm maybe my 3GS didn't get the GM OTA. I guess I'm just thinking of the betas that I got OTA.
     
  14. ben824 macrumors regular

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    you can download the iOS6 GM .ipsw file from the internet somewhere, many places available just google it, and install it straight from the computer to the device with the device connected to the computer. In iTunes and at the summary screen for the device hold Option (or Shift for Windows PCs) and click update. A window will pop up that will allow you to choose the .ipsw restore file stored on your computer, choose the file and hit open. After that a box will pop up asking if you want to update and you should click Update. Boom you are done.
     
  15. LoloBond macrumors 6502

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    Can he backup, put the phone in DFU, install iOS6 and restore from backup?
     
  16. thewitt macrumors 68020

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    Sorry Dog, but the betas identify themselves as iOS 6.0. There is no support for OTA to the GM
     
  17. NiCK Crush macrumors newbie

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    His wrong what?
     
  18. kevink2 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Doesn't matter anymore. Sometime during the afternoon before I could get in touch with him it locked.

    I had remembered OTA being available for the beta, but with hindsight, it was apparently just between betas.

    He is back home now, so I'm going to talk my sister into how to upgrade to the real release. She just has to borrow a cable.

    I have now learned a lesson. Don't install a beta on a phone that may be given away or sold before the release version is available.
     

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