Apple released iOS 7 beta 2 this past Monday, and made it available for the iPad 2 and above. I installed it on my iPad 3rd gen Monday afternoon initially and actually had it up and running properly by yesterday morning. I’ve been using it pretty heavily since then and thought I’d share some very quick first impressions and notes on this iOS 7 beta on the iPad 3.
Installation and Setup
Of course the first thing you need to know is that these beta are intended for iOS developers and those who are registered as testers for developers. As with any beta software it is not intended for use on anything other than dedicated testing devices – as in, not recommended for your daily driver device.
The download of iOS 7 beta 2 for my iPad 3 (which is the AT&T WiFi + Cellular model) weighed in at 1.2GB.
The restore of iOS 7 beta 2 onto my iPad went quickly and when it was done I chose to do a restore of settings and apps from an iCloud backup that I made just a little before installing the beta. Mistake – big mistake.
It took hours upon hours to get all my 200+ apps reinstalled and, much more importantly, the iPad was virtually unusable afterwards. Just for starters, it got its time zone wrong, using GMT rather than US Central. Each time I tried to turn off automatically setting the time zone or manually changing it, the Settings app became unresponsive and caused either a Springboard reset or a spontaneous reboot of the iPad.