If you want to play with the "early AF" release of iOS 12, or run around in the deserts of macOS Mojave, you normally have to give Apple $149 for the privilege of developing apps for its platform - apps it will ultimately take a 30 per cent cut of (unless you offer a subscription and keep a user for longer than a year, but now I'm getting minute).
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That gets you access to the just-announced developer betas, which arrive (and tend to be updated) before the official public betas of Apple's new operating systems
However, if you don't feel like paying money to play around with a pre-release version of an operating system - and you don't want to wait for the public betas to hit - then you can go "unofficially" grab the brand-new betas for iOS 12, macOS Mojave, tvOS 12, and watchOS 5 right now.
A new Mac App Store! Dark Mode! Desktop Stacks! Group FaceTime! Dick Tracy mode for your Apple Watch! It's WWDC day, and Apple revealed plenty of new features for its various platforms this morning. (No, you're not getting more free iCloud space, and yes, your Macbook Pro keyboard still sucks.)
I put "unofficially" in quotes, because these are the real beta profiles you'd otherwise download straight from Apple itself. The files are being hosted elsewhere though, which means a few things: One, it made me slightly apprehensive to download and install them at first and, two, these links could disappear at any time.
That said, a few Reddit commentators who have more familiarity with this process have already mentioned that getting a big green checkmark when installing these profiles - on iOS, at least - means they're legit and certified by Apple. They aren't some random piece of malware disguised as a beta profile, which you should certainly think about if you're ever installing a profile that you didn't acquire directly from a reputable source.
See that green checkmark underneath AppleCare Profile Signing Certificate? Super important. If your iOS 12 beta software profile doesn't have that, don't install it. Screenshot: David Murphy
Download Apple's developer beta profiles
So, that warning aside - and the general warning that these are early versions of Apple's operating systems that may or may not cause havoc on your primary devices if you install them - here are the beta profile links (with credit to Redditor kevin777787 for publishing them):
- iOS 12 (Mirror)
- macOS Mojave (Mirror)
watchOS 5( Mirror) Note: We suggest you don't download this one, as Apple pulled the beta due to reports of bricked devices.
- tvOS 12 (Mirror)
For iOS 12 and watchOS 5, you'll need to download the profile using Safari on your iPhone or iPad. Since the primary links are hosted on the not-so-pretty uploadfiles.io site, makes sure you're clicking on the big "slow download" button once it activates - and only that button, located to the left of the "Turbo Download" button, and nothing else.
Once you download the beta profiles, installing them on your device should be a pretty clear process. (The installation process will first ask you to uninstall any other beta profiles you might have on your device, if you have any leftover from, say, iOS 11. So, if you want to save a step, do that before you tap on the link.)
To get macOS Mojave, you can use any browser you want to grab the .DMG file. Once you download it, run it, and the App Store listing for the new operating system should immediately pop up once the small beta installation utility is done. Download and proceed as normal.
He who controls the spiced apples controls the universe. Screenshot: David Murphy
For tvOS 12, you'll have to get a little creative to install the beta version of the operating system on your device, but Apple spells out the process pretty plainly on its site. (I don't have an Apple TV, or else I'd also happily walk you through that process myself.)