With Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) just around the corner, developers from all over the world are starting to plan their descent into San Francisco. That event will not only give us our first look at iOS 12 but will also see the first developer preview of the platform seeded.

If you’re excited by that launch, then there are a few things you can do ahead of time to prime you and your device(s) for the iOS 12 beta 1 installation.

If you are an active member of Apple’s development community, then you may already have a few of these things tied up. However, if you are just an average device owner, or someone who usually gets involved in the public beta testing, then you may need to take a few additional steps where iOS 12 beta 1 is concerned.

Sign up for Apple Developer Program

First and foremost, if you don’t have a paid developer account with Apple, you need one. iOS 12 beta 1 will not be immediately available through the public Apple Beta Software Program, which means that you will need to access it via a paid developer account. You can head on over to developer.apple.com to start the process of creating an account with the knowledge that you’ll need to pay an initial $99 for 12-months of access.

If you don’t want to pay that type of money, and the initial developer seed isn’t worth $99 to you, then it will be approximately 2-3 weeks before Apple seeds iOS 12 into the testing community.

Backup

This one should be common sense by now. If you are going to install pre-release firmware – especially the first ever seed of said firmware – then you really need to be taking a backup of your device and all of its associated data. If you have iCloud backup activated on the device then the chances are that you already have consistent backups in place. Before proceeding, make sure that you have taken an iTunes or iCloud backup of your iPhone or iPad.

Save SHSH2 Blobs

This part of the procedure may not appeal to a lot of people but it definitely will to those who want to take advantage of the latest firmware and who also have one eye on a future jailbreak. Saving the SHSH2 blobs for the firmware that you are currently on is quick, seamless, and is generally a good precautionary measure in case a jailbreak for that firmware springs out of nowhere in the near future.

For full instructions on how to capture your SHSH2 blobs, you can follow our previous guide on that topic.

Update to iOS 11.3.1 or iOS 11.4

It always make sense to go onto a beta version of a major firmware update from the latest public version. At the time of writing, that latest version is iOS 11.3.1 but Apple could release iOS 11.4 into the public domain prior to pushing out the first seed of iOS 12. Before attempting to upgrade, make sure that you get onto the latest public version.

Wait for iOS 12 Beta 1 Release

It’s now all about waiting patiently. Apple’s WWDC event will begin this coming Monday, June 4th. Which means that the iOS 12 beta will drop into the developer portal immediately after the opening keynote is complete.

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