Question about beta updates

snerkler

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This is the first time I've upgraded to a beta version of iOS. I understand that as a new beta version is released the old one stops working, and so you are left with a phone that doesn't work until you update.

My questions are, are we pre-warned prior to a new release therefore can be on the look out? Is there an overlap between the new one being released and the old one not working, therefore giving us time to change? How are we notified of a new update, does it show up on the phone like normal updates, or do we need to keep checking the website?

TIA
 

dictoresno

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This is the first time I've upgraded to a beta version of iOS. I understand that as a new beta version is released the old one stops working, and so you are left with a phone that doesn't work until you update.

My questions are, are we pre-warned prior to a new release therefore can be on the look out? Is there an overlap between the new one being released and the old one not working, therefore giving us time to change? How are we notified of a new update, does it show up on the phone like normal updates, or do we need to keep checking the website?

TIA
you will likely get an OTA update notification on your phone. and yes, theres an overlap window, in which time you must upgrade to the next beta or revert back to 6.1.X. there have been people in that predicament last year and they had to DFU restore out of the beta OS.
 

snerkler

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you will likely get an OTA update notification on your phone. and yes, theres an overlap window, in which time you must upgrade to the next beta or revert back to 6.1.X. there have been people in that predicament last year and they had to DFU restore out of the beta OS.
Thanks for the info, very helpful :)
 

Daveoc64

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This is the first time I've upgraded to a beta version of iOS. I understand that as a new beta version is released the old one stops working, and so you are left with a phone that doesn't work until you update.

My questions are, are we pre-warned prior to a new release therefore can be on the look out? Is there an overlap between the new one being released and the old one not working, therefore giving us time to change? How are we notified of a new update, does it show up on the phone like normal updates, or do we need to keep checking the website?

TIA
It's not so much that they disable the old beta when the new one comes out. Each beta has a fixed expiry date, and when that is reached, it stops working.

That effectively means that there will always be an "overlap" period.
 

fezzzer

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Jun 13, 2013
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How to update iOS 7 beta

Apologies if his has already been asked, I couldn't find it anywhere.

I am wondering how the upgrade will be pushed out. Are beta updates usually OTA or manually via iTunes? What is the best way to update if is manual?

I have got a backup on iTunes from iOS 6.1.4 and don't want to over write this with a new backup.
 

fezzzer

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Thank you. Sorry I'm new here, and need to learn exactly what to type to search for things. I tried certain words from my question and various things came up that we're not helpful.

Thank you,
 

PNutts

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Not even remotely helpful.

Thank you. Sorry I'm new here, and need to learn exactly what to type to search for things. I tried certain words from my question and various things came up that we're not helpful.

Thank you,
This is a generic answer because nobody can predict what may happen, but betas now are generally OTA and if so there is no reason to not do that. The best advice I can give is look at the release notes and base your decision on that. Unless specifically called out, the end result of updating via iTunes or OTA is the same.
 

tymaster50

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Not even remotely helpful.



This is a generic answer because nobody can predict what may happen, but betas now are generally OTA and if so there is no reason to not do that. The best advice I can give is look at the release notes and base your decision on that. Unless specifically called out, the end result of updating via iTunes or OTA is the same.
You didn't even look at the link did you?
 

Nyy8

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OTA Updates for iOS 7

Hey everyone,

Like other people here I got the iOS 7 beta and wanted to know if updates would be OTA, or do I need to update though iTunes like I did before? I would think it would be just OTA.