iOS 6 Beta Links Leak Out Ahead Of WWDC, Apple Dropping Support For Original iPad?

iOS 6 Beta Links Leak Out Ahead Of WWDC, Apple Dropping Support For Original iPad?

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:

Third-generation iPad
– Consumer: Wi-FiWi-Fi + Cellular (GSM)WiFi + Cellular (CDMA)
– Enterprise: Wi-FiWiFi + Cellular (GSM)WiFi + Cellular (CDMA)

iPad 2
– Consumer: Wi-FiWiFi + 3G (GSM)WiFi + 3G (CDMA)Revised Wi-Fi
– Enterprise: Wi-FiWiFi + 3G (GSM)WiFi + 3G (CDMA)Revised Wi-Fi

iPhone
– Consumer: 4S4 (GSM)4 (CDMA)3GS
– Enterprise: 4S4 (GSM)4 (CDMA)3GS

iPod touch
– Consumer: 4th Generation
– Enterprise: 4th Generation

Apple TV
– Consumer: 2nd Generation3rd Generation

Other iOS
– iOS 6 Beta Guide (PDF)
– Installing Apple TV Software (PDF)

Safari 6
– Consumer: Safari 6 Developer Preview for LionUninstaller

WWDC kicks off tomorrow morning, so stay tuned to Cult of Mac for more coverage, including breaking news during the main keynote!

  • iAhmed_07

    For 3GS but not for iPad 1 o.O and what is the difference between Consumer and Enterprise?  

  • ApplePr0n

    The reason why is because a customer can still go to a store and purchase a 3GS, but they can’t an OG iPad. Apple supports their products for at least as long as they are on store shelves

  • Tallest_Skil

    The reason why is because a customer can still go to a store and purchase a 3GS, but they can’t an OG iPad. Apple supports their products for at least as long as they are on store shelves

    Except no, that’s not the case at all.

    Also, links have surfaced for the first iPad.
    All these links are fake/broken, so it doesn’t really matter what shows up, anyway.
  • Michael Jennings

    What the iPhone 3GS, 4, and 4S, iPad 2 and third generation, and iPod touch (4th generation) have in common is that they are all still available from Apple in at least some variants. My guess is that the people writing iOS 6 have been told by management that they must support all currently available models and this is *non negotiable*, and they have written up their first list of supported models on this basis. They have probably also been told to support whatever other older models they can, but this is a lower priority and if they don’t manage it, that is not so bad. So we might see more models on later lists, or we might not.

    The 1st generation iPad is faster than the 3GS, and the third generation iPod touch is about the same speed as the 3GS, so one would be surprised if support for these does not come through in the end. We may find out tomorrow.

  • ApplePr0n
    The reason why is because a customer can still go to a store and purchase a 3GS, but they can’t an OG iPad. Apple supports their products for at least as long as they are on store shelves

    Except no, that’s not the case at all.

    Also, links have surfaced for the first iPad.
    All these links are fake/broken, so it doesn’t really matter what shows up, anyway.

    Lol ooooookkkk. Thanks for the proof. That’s my idea as to why Apple doesn’t support the older products, but i’d be glad to know exactly the reason, since you seem to be so all-knowing in these forums somehow

    Edit: Also, they are real, if you click on them it takes you to Apple’s dev site. It shows them as expired because they obviously won’t be active until Apple announces the update first tomorrow

  • Tallest_Skil

    Lol ooooookkkk. Thanks for the proof. That’s my idea as to why Apple doesn’t support the older products, but i’d be glad to know exactly the reason, since you seem to be so all-knowing in these forums somehow

    Yes, the ability to do some actual research on the past may look like omnipotence to some, particularly those too stupid to take five seconds and read up on what has actually happened before making ludicrous assumptions.

    Edit: Also, they are real, if you click on them it takes you to Apple’s dev site.

    Which is exactly what happens when you type absolutely any URL. It’s not evidence of much.

  • Shane Bryson

    The reason why is because a customer can still go to a store and purchase a 3GS, but they can’t an OG iPad. Apple supports their products for at least as long as they are on store shelves

    The problem with your assessment is that the iPad 1 was not being sold in stores when it got the iOS 5 update.

  • bennevis

    I can’t wait until iOS 6 comes out! I really want to see the new maps people are talking about:) I was wondering, as I saw a website called udidpremium.com and they said they can register my ‘udid’ so I can run pre-release iOS 6 beta before anyone else. Is this true? Cheers.

  • hjkjohn

    Text 7602707327 for udid activation

  • joewaylo

    Looks like they dropped the iPhone and iPhone 3G too. Many users are still holding on to their first devices. I’ll bet a jailbreak will be out for iOS 6 to include iPhone and iPhone 3G.

  • Tallest_Skil

    Looks like they dropped the iPhone and iPhone 3G too. Many users are still holding on to their first devices. I’ll bet a jailbreak will be out for iOS 6 to include iPhone and iPhone 3G.

    Please tell me this is a joke. Tell me you’re joking. Yes, I have a first-gen iPhone, but I’m certainly not dumb enough to think jailbreaking can give me anything but 3.1.3.

  • zxeen

    Jailbreak is available for iOS 6 beta, but no cydia installation :-(

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