iOS 7 is due for official release September 18th, but that’s never stopped us from getting our dirty hands on it before!
The GM or Golden Master build of iOS 7 which was made available to developers after yesterdays iPhone event has been leaked online by the interwebs, and is available for your downloading pleasure. No developer account or UDID slot is necessary to run the following GM builds. And we’re going to show you just how to get it!
How to Upgrade to iOS 7 Now
– The following files are not hosted by iPhoneZA
– Please be warned that iPhoneZA have not tested the following files and takes no responsibility for any damage that may be caused to any device
– The GM build is almost always the final release build unless a huge major bug is discovered before then (which is very unlikely)
– As always, keep a back up your data before hand on iCloud/iTunes
– If the iOS 7 links below are not working for you, try another browser. MEGA in particular is very fussy with browsers. Try a different one. Make sure you are running the latest version of your browser too.
1) Download the appropriate iOS 7 version below. Make sure the .ipsw file extension is retained as some download managers tend to automatically rename these to .zip and other extensions.
- iPhone 4 (GSM)
- iPhone 4 (GSM Rev. A) – [Settings > General > About > Model. Models ME798 and ME799 are GSM Rev. A, and any other model is a normal iPhone 4 GSM above]
- iPhone 4 (CDMA)
- iPhone 4S [All models]
- iPhone 5 (Model A1428)
- iPhone 5 (Model A1429) [South African Model]
- iPad 2 (Wi-Fi)
- iPad 2 (Rev. A)
- iPad 2 (Wi-Fi + GSM)
- iPad 2 (Wi-Fi + CDMA)
- iPad 3 (Wi-Fi)
- iPad 3 (Wi-Fi + GSM)
- iPad 3 (Wi-Fi + CDMA)
- iPad 4 (Wi-Fi)
- iPad 4 (Wi-Fi + GSM)
- iPad 4 (Wi-Fi + CDMA)
- iPad mini (Wi-Fi)
- iPad mini (Wi-Fi + GSM)
- iPad mini (Wi-Fi + CDMA)
- iPod touch (5th Generation)
2) Download the beta version of iTunes necessary to sync the GM build of iOS 7.
- iTunes 11.1 Beta for Mac OS X (READ WARNING BELOW)
- (NB: WARNING: iTunes 11.1 Beta is not available for Windows as of yet. You will be unable to restore from iTunes backups, only from iCloud backups until such a time that a Windows version is released. Therefore Windows users, if you want to restore from backups, make a full iCloud backup in Settings > iCloud > Storage and Backup first). Alternatively, instead of RESTORING in the below step, (alt/shift) + click the “Check for Updates” button instead, and browse for the iOS 7 GM. If all goes well you should end up on iOS 7 GM with all of your data still in tact. Also see Note below step 3.4.
3) Install the Update
- Open up the .dmg files downloaded above, and locate the (.ipsw) for your device. Drag it out of the folder to the desktop (or a folder of your choice). NOTE: (Windows users will need a program such as 7-Zip to open the .dmg file, and then open the .hfs inside the .dmg to locate the .ipsw file.
- Open iTunes and connect your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
- Select your device in the left pane in iTunes (you may need to enable the sidebar in View > Show Sidebar), select it and go to the “Summary” tab.
- Hold down the option (alt) key (on Mac OS X) or the shift key (Windows) and click the Restore Button (Or Check For Updates button to keep current data on the device – see note below). A windows will open. Browse to the .ipsw file you downloaded/extracted above and select it. Wait for the update to finish. NOTE: Restore is usually more successful than Update, however a Restore will wipe the device to a fresh state and require a restore from an iTunes or iCloud backup. At this time, it is not possible to sync an iOS 7 GM build device with Windows iTunes since there is no iTunes 11.1 beta version released for Windows at this time (should be out soon).
- You may now choose to set the phone up as new or restore your device from a backup and sync it with iTunes.
4) Done! Enjoy iOS 7 ahead of the time!
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