iOS 6 beta 1 now available in Apple Developer Portal

If you're a registered developer with Apple you can now jump into the Developer Portal and grab the first beta of iOS 6 as well as the Xcode 4.5 developer preview.

As of now all downloads appear to be going smoothly but you if you have issues downloading the beta, keep in mind Apple's servers are probably going to get slammed pretty quickly.

As with every beta, keep in mind it's only meant for developers. Selling your developer slots to unauthorized users goes against Apple's developer agreement and your license could be suspended indefinitely if you are caught selling your slots.

We also advise against our readers and members of the general public buying slots. This is a perfect time to get scammed or have your credit card information stolen. Scammers are aware that people are out there who want to gain access to the beta and they're fully willing to take advantage of that.

Betas are typically full of lots of bugs and aren't meant to be run on anything but test devices. Installing a beta could cause many issues and could even render many apps, or even worse, your entire device useless. We can't caution enough that if you aren't a developer, it's best to stay away from beta versions of iOS.

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Allyson Kazmucha

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iOS 6 beta 1 now available in Apple Developer Portal


You running on test device or primary phone? Too impatient to wait for official release, but hoping the first beta version isn't too buggy.

In my experience the first few are a real pain, better off to wait till it stabilizes.

ARGH!!!!! if only i was born a few years earlier!!! Im just about to finish school here in Florida and start college Jan 2013 to become a software engineer.

I was watching the conference looking for new features, not stuff my android can already do.
Facetime over 3G < 10 person video hangout over 4G
Launch apps with voice commands = can already do that
Turn by turn directions = can already do that
Facebook integration = I can already launch my gallery app and upload photos directly to any service I choose
Ignore calls and send text response = can already do that
Share open tabs from PC to phone = Chrome can already do that
I can keep going but you get the point.

"Flyover and turn-by-turn navigation will be available only on iPhone 4S and iPad 2 or later."
Enough said.
This update is crap, why aren't the iPhone 4 and 3GS (or even older) capable of turn by turn navigation? I had on my Nokia 5230 free and which was a way slower, cheaper phone then my iPhone 4. And the 5230 came with free offline maps too.
"FaceTime over a cellular network requires iPhone 4 or later, or iPad 2 or later with cellular data capability. Carrier data charges may apply. FaceTime is not available in all countries."
What do you mean "FaceTime is not available in all countries."? So I have an unlimited data plan that runs faster then the broadband connections in most countries (practically the only limit to speed is the iPhones modem) and Apple is telling me facetime over 3g might not be available in my country?! I fail to understand why it wasn't always available, since in adition to my unlimited data plan I also pay for a VOIP plan, which is specifically created to allow smooth voice and video calls over 3G.
Grate news! IOS 6 is really cool, but not for your iPhone, and not for your country, buy an iPhone 4S! And move to America!
Apple can bite me. (I had much harsher words in mind)
I live in Romania by the way, and even though we're renowned for Dracula and poverty we happen to have the 4th world wide fastest Internet connections, after Japan, South Corea and Beijing. Apple seams to not know this.

Oh and a bit of advice for iMore: You have the most obsolete comments section out of all the iPhone blogs I visit, when I post a comment here it's only posted here and if someone replies I never know unless I come back to check.
It wouldn't hurt to be able to share comments on facebook and have email alerts when someone replies.
Everyone else does it.

Cannot access iOS 6 beta 1 at Apple Developer site. I am a registered current developer and can only expect that tha site for dl of the new beta is overtaxed as of 4:30 pm Hawaii time 6/11/12.
Can't wait to give it a shot.

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