Apple introduces new OTA update option to developers

By , Jan 11, 2016

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If you’re a developer who doesn’t already have your iPhone on a developer seed, then updating to the latest iOS beta means going through iTunes to accommodate the update.

While going through iTunes is the traditional manner for facilitating updates, it’s antiquated, and largely unnecessary from a technical perspective. Wouldn’t it be much better if you could upgrade to a developer seed without needing to connect to iTunes?

That’s the basic premise behind the new Configuration Profiles released by Apple alongside iOS 9.3. These profiles essentially allow you to take a shortcut directly to the beta seed path without needing to touch iTunes. If you’ve ever upgraded an Apple Watch, or used a Public Beta, then you’re already familiar with the process.

 

If you’re a developer, you can go directly to Apple’s developer member center from your iOS device, and download and install the configuration profile directly to your device. Doing so allows you to upgrade directly to the beta using an OTA update via Settings → General → Software Update.

The advantage of doing OTA updates is that iTunes isn’t involved, and it’s extremely easy to update your device, including the Apple TV, without the worry of losing data.

I’m very happy that Apple has finally introduced a way for developers to get directly on the latest beta without needing a computer (except for tvOS).

With tvOS, you don’t need iTunes, but you will need a Mac app called Apple Configurator to get on the developer seed. In an upcoming tutorial, we’ll show you how to use the Configuration Profile to Update with Apple Configurator for tvOS.

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  • moe1903

    Did not work for me on my iPad Mini 2.
    The whole update process went through but now it’s stuck at the Apple logo.
    Hard reset also didn’t work.
    Now I have to restore it by using iTunes.
    Oh and my iPad was on 9.2.1b2

  • Eikast

    I have a developer account but I rarely ever put a developer build on my iPhone because in the past you had to restore it to get the official build once released. What I like about the beta build is that the final build of the current beta will be the same build as the official. This prevents me from having to use iTunes.

    Did Apple make it so that the latest developer build of a beta will be the same build as the official build?

    • On iOS 8 and iOS 9, developer beta can be upgraded to official build after public release (not GM). The OTA size is huge, though, likely a full image.

      • Eikast

        Oh that’s nice to know. I actually read your response after updating hehe. GM release makes sense, it’s the same way with the public beta too. I wouldn’t use an X beta on my daily driver, but a .X I don’t mind.

  • Picapollo

    Really want this profile….smh but I’m not trying to pay!

    • Hi

      Were in the same boat, just wait for the public beta (probably 1-2 weeks)

      • Nick

        tinyurl com /jj6jfk3

      • James

        any chance you could upload tvos 9.2 config file?

      • Nick

        I updated my drive. config file is in there using the same url.

    • Andranik Sahakyan

      Why don’t you just download the full ipsw and use iTunes, it’s free that way.

      • Picapollo

        I have been searching but there’s no place to be found for the ipsw…

    • Nick

      tinyurl com /jj6jfk3

      • Picapollo

        Thanks nick! Your the real mvp

      • Matt Campbell

        Your a legend! Thanks! I open the watch config file on the iphone yeah? or watch?

      • Nick

        Watch config goes on the watch. When the watch restarts, the update will appear.

  • Matt Campbell

    Thanks Nick you legend!