Developers get first crack at iOS 15 beta
A select few can download the iPadOS 15 beta today (June 7) now that WWDC is underway and the developer beta is live. That’s how Apple worked in the past, virtual developer conferences or not.
The rest of the public won’t be able to try out iPadOS 15 until the public beta arrives in July. But for those who are ready to snag their apps for this year’s big update, or just those who want to kick the tire of the latest features, we have all the information you need to install iPadOS 15 beta.
- iOS 15: All the New Features for Your iPhone
- See our iPad Pro 2021 (12.9-inch) review
- WWDC 2021 Live Blog Recap: All the biggest news you missed
We can’t blame you for trying out iPadOS 15, as the new multitasking tools sound great, and quick notes seem like a no-brainer. That new Safari looks so weird that we want to see how this new bookmark layout works in practice.
But, of course, iPadOS 15 (like all beta releases) comes with a few asterisks you should be aware of up front. As always this is the first of two iPadOS 15 betas, and the developer edition is going to be the riskier version. Of course, this will root out hobbyists, as it requires an Apple Developer account that costs $100 (which can be purchased here).
On the other hand, the public beta is a bit more reliable because it’s got a little more time in the oven, and as mentioned above, it’s free!
First, make sure your iPad is backed up. You can do this easiest via iCloud backup.
- Open the Settings app.
- Tap your user profile.
- Tap on iCloud.
- Tap on iCloud Backup.
- Turn on the iCloud Backup switch.
- Check the time of “Last successful backup”.
You can back up a Mac locally by plugging in your iPad, opening the Finder, selecting that iPad in the menu on the left, and clicking Summary.
Then select This Computer under Backup (as opposed to iCloud) and then click Back Up Now.
Also, if you’re already on iPadOS 14, don’t worry about compatibility. iPadOS 15 supports iPad in the same way as iPadOS 14. If you’re not on iPadOS 14, here’s a list of supported iPads:
- 10.2-inch iPad 2020 aka 8th generation iPad (and back to 5th generation 2017 models)
- All iPad Pro models including:
- iPad Pro 2021 (12.9 inch)
- iPad Pro 2021 (11-inch)
- iPad Air 2020 (4th generation), 3rd generation. and second gen.
- iPad mini (4th and 5th generation)
How to Download iPadOS 15 Developer Beta
Ready to try out iPadOS 15 for yourself? Here’s how to get set up with the developer beta.
1. On your iPad, Navigate to developer.apple.com.
2. Click on Account.
3. Sign in with your Apple Developer account.
4. Click on Download.
5. Next to iPadOS 15 Beta, click Install Profile.
6. Click Allow.
7. Click Close.
8. Open Settings.
9. Tap Profile (under General)
10. Choose iPadOS 15 Beta Profile
1 1 Tap on Install (Next enter your unlock code).
12. Tap Install again.
13. Tap on Install for the third time.
14. Tap Restart, and your iPad will restart.
15. In Settings, under General, tap Profile.
16. Tap Download and Install.
Now, watch how your iPad downloads and prepares updates. It may take some time, as it is for me. A good way to spend this time is to make sure the iPad is plugged in and charging.
17. Tap Install Now.
Now, it’s time for your iPad to restart. iPadOS 15 Developer Beta will be installed! Good luck, developer, with upgrading your app for iPadOS 15 support.