Apple is expected to unveil iOS 7 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch in less than a few weeks, at its annual WWDC keynote on June 10th, and should seed beta versions to registered developers soon thereafter.
While the final version of iOS 7 likely won’t be released until September or so, there is still a chance for you, as a regular user, to try out the new software during the summer months. But, it’ll come at a cost.
If you have some money to spare, you can actually register to join Apple’s iOS Developer Program for an annual $99 fee. By doing so, you will put yourself first in line for access to the iOS 7 betas. It might seem like a steep price to pay, but it’s also the only legal option if you’re that eager to get a glimpse at what changes Jonathan Ive, now in charge of all human interface design at Apple, has made to iOS. Moreover, becoming a registered Apple developer also lets you access Apple’s provisioning portal, developer forums and Xcode betas.
While there are certainly a number of other shadier options to gain iOS 7 beta access, they are also equally illegal. It’s important to remember that, as noted by iFans forum member Gizmoloon, the iOS software is copyrighted code. Even if you sign up to be a registered Apple developer, a non-disclosure agreement prohibits you from sharing any details, screenshots and so forth relating to iOS 7. Will you be testing the iOS 7 betas?