Chinese forum WeiPhone.com has posted alleged download links to Apple’s iOS 6 and Safari 6 developer preview files ahead of WWDC tomorrow. Apple is expected to introduce the software on Monday, June 11th and release a preview to developers. The links provided by WeiPhone are currently inactive, but they will assumedly start serving iOS 6 and Safari 6 beta downloads for supported iOS devices once Apple lifts the curtain tomorrow.
The iOS 6 developer preview in question sports the build number 10A5316k, and clicking one of the links takes you to Apple’s developer portal. The web address for each link says “Your session is expired,” which lends credence to the legitimacy of these download links. If they were fake, there would likely be some sort of incorrect URL message instead. A list of iOS 5 beta links was leaked in a similar fashion last year right before Apple made the first developer preview available.
Beyond the download links themselves, the supported device list raises even more speculation. There are links for the third and second-generation iPad, iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPod touch 4G, and the third and second-generation Apple TV. Oddly, the first iPad is excluded from the list, indicating that Apple may not support the two-year-old tablet.
If Apple chose to not support the original iPad in iOS 6, it wouldn’t be because of slow hardware. The iPhone 3GS runs a slower processor than the first-generation iPad. We’re not sure what to make of this. Perhaps the list isn’t complete? We can’t see why Apple would want to drop support for the original iPad at this point.
A developer preview of Safari 6 for Lion is also included in the leaked list. There are no references to OS X Mountain Lion.
You will need a registered developer account to actually install iOS 6 on your personal devices, so don’t get your hopes up thinking these links will provide you an early copy of iOS 6 tomorrow.
Here’s the full list:
WWDC kicks off tomorrow morning, so stay tuned to Cult of Mac for more coverage, including breaking news during the main keynote!