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Apple Releases iOS 5 Beta 5 to Developers

In a surprise move, Apple has released iOS 5 Beta 5 (build 9A5288d) to developers on Saturday. Apple typically releases new developer seeds on weekdays. Alongside the iOS 5 beta 5 release is Xcode 4.2 Developer Preview 5, iTunes 10.5 Beta 5 and Apple TV Software beta 4.

iOS 5 Beta 5 is available as an over the air update, but according to the release notes, users must first erase all content and settings by choosing Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings. Apple recommends backing up your device using iTunes 10.5 Beta 4 or through iCloud prior to installing iOS 5 beta 5, and subsequently restoring. That said, some users have been able to upgrade fine without going through that process.

thanks Elijah

BGR posts the release notes, which details some fixes, but no major new features. We're looking into what other changes may have occurred.

Hearing Aid Mode is said to be new in iOS 5 Beta 5:

Over the air update from Beta 4 to Beta 5 is 128MB.

NatesTechUpdate offers this video which goes over some of the new findings in iOS 5:

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39 months ago

I agree what's the point of an OTA update if I still have to restore my device?

It's almost as if they are trying to do some sort of "beta testing" with it or something. Crazy Apple!
Rating: 21 Votes
39 months ago
Does safari feel snappy?:D
Rating: 7 Votes
39 months ago

OK, well then I guess there's no point on using it them. Will restore the normal way.

I agree what's the point of an OTA update if I still have to restore my device?

The term "beta tester" has sure changed a lot from when I used to do it.
Rating: 7 Votes
39 months ago

Apple: Please don't forget us lowly mac users and try to release iLion 10.7.1 before 2012. :confused:

What's an iLion?

Are your talking about OS X Lion?

Mac OS 10.7.2 released to developers...

Apple has not yet made any mention of 10.7.1. OS X Lion was just released last week, and we expect that 10.7.1 will be delivered shortly as an initial bug fix to customers.

Rating: 6 Votes
39 months ago

Camera+ ( and Mashable! ( have both been accepted with unofficial support for iOS 5..... the update log on iTunes page has since changed

original details can be found here:

There is a difference between being compatible with iOS 5 and having features that require iOS 5. I am the developer of an app that does not run at all on iOS 5 at the moment. However, I can fix the problem and make it work on (a.k.a. be compatible with) iOS 5 without ever touching the iOS 5 SDK. I can submit that update today. The thing I can't do is submit an update that uses an API that is only found in iOS 5. These apps that have updated for compatibility with iOS 5 are doing the former: fixing issues with running on iOS 5 using the iOS 4 SDK.
Rating: 5 Votes
39 months ago

yeah, but back then it was called iphone OS, so technically he's right...

Same OS, it's just been renamed.
Rating: 5 Votes
39 months ago

I agree what's the point of an OTA update if I still have to restore my device?

It's a beta. The only officially supported OTA updated with be starting with future versions of iOS 5.0 onward. They don't really care about bugs that only arise from 5.0 beta 4 -> 5.0 beta 5.
Rating: 5 Votes
39 months ago

But the bigger question is can you test the app that you are developing successfully?

the bigger question is why do you think that is the only reason people have beta iOS software? Because it gives you a chance to sound off like a pretentious little internet troll? Or because I work for a carrier and need the software to help make sure all this software you lot are using without permission, isn't going to break my network?

if you have nothing intelligent or useful to say, why not keep quiet?

Update your iTunes to the latest beta and then sync your iPhone. :)

will do. thanks for that - didn't see there was iTunes 10.5 b5 out too
Rating: 4 Votes
39 months ago

Why the hell would you want to jailbreak a beta?
1. It's unstable enough as it is
2. Unless you paid for a UUID slot and do not deserve to have the beta, you're using your developer account for the wrong reasons (Which makes me a hypocrite but I want a dev account)
3. OTA would break the jailbreak and probably mess your phone up big time

On another note, I'm syncing iOS 5 Beta 5 with iTunes 10.5 Beta 4 for Mac. Cool.

1. It's a myth that jailbreak makes things (more) unstable. It is what you do to your phone with tweaks and customizations post-jailbreak that affect stability.
2. I have my own dev account. I also develop apps for Cydia. I shouldn't update my Cydia apps for iOS 5 because that would be for the wrong reasons?
3. No, the OTA system is disabled when it detects the Applications folder is modified (jailbreak).
Even if it did OTA, any unbootable state is always fixed with an iTunes restore.
Rating: 4 Votes
39 months ago

Someone posted a Read me on page one of this posting...

For those of you complaining about apps crashing, read... Do the erase and install... Then complain... If an app crashes, delete it and reinstall the app.

Anyone notice the section saying Apple is tracking usage and location unless you opt-out?... And the part about obeying the NDA-- Isn't MacRumors required by law to turn over names of people if Requested by law enforcement?...

I didn't update OTA so no, erase and install is not the answer. Updating iTunes was for me and re-syncing, because I did it the old fashioned way haha.

The Erase and Restore so far only looks like it expedites the update recognition process.

I didn't see anyone talking about the NDA, strange. However, I don't think MacRumors is required "by law" to turn over these names. For one, there's no sure fire way of connecting a MR account with an Apple Developer account because of possible false information or lack thereof. Secondly, that's like saying you're legally obligated to tell your friend's mother that he lied about the party last weekend. You have no contract with your friend's mother, therefore, you're not liable.
Rating: 4 Votes

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