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Apple has released a fifth beta version of iOS 5, along with new versions of iTunes10.5, Xcode 4.2 and Apple TV software, all primarily aimed at helping developers test new facets of its iCloud service.

The uncharacteristic Saturday release of the new builds suggests Apple is working hard to deliver new releases as soon as possible rather than waiting for a regular business day to offer the new updates.

The company has indicated iOS 5 will be released in the Fall, alongside iCloud features that are highly integrated int the new mobile operating system. Mac OS X Lion shipped without including support for iCloud, but will be updated in the same time frame with iCloud support.

A separate 10.7.2 build of Mac OS X Lion is available to developers, which is compatible with an additional beta package that adds support for iCloud services.

iCloud is such a critical aspect of Apple's future plans for Mac OS X and iOS that it featured its new cloud services (a renamed and significantly revamped version of its existing MobileMe) as the third major topic at its summer Worldwide Developer Conference, with essentially equal billing to its desktop and mobile operating systems.



Apple warns developers that the iOS 5 beta 5 build "should only be deployed on devices dedicated for iOS 5 beta software development," and reportedly notes in its instructions to developers that "it is recommended that you do not use the iCloud services to store any critical data or information," noting that documents stored in the cloud may be purged prior to the GM release of iOS 5.

The release of iOS 5 beta 5 is accompanied by a new beta release of iTunes 10.5, but that new version doesn't sync with existing builds of the software, and Apple recommends backing up and fully restoring devices in order to cleanly install the new build, resulting in a more complex update path than Apple's typical customers would be used to performing.

Also included in the flurry of updates is a new build of the iOS-based Apple TV software, which now supports Photo Stream for wirelessly, automatically displaying pictures captured or stored on the user's other iOS or Mac systems.

iOS 5 beta 5 also adds default AirPlay support to all apps and websites that play video, with the AirPlay feature now built into AV Foundation for streamlined integration by developers. AirPlay enables mobile videos to be played back wirelessly to Apple TV.

A new release of Xcode 4.2 has also been made available to work with the latest iCloud-savvy beta build of iOS 5.

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It's not uncommon for Apple to release these updates on Friday evening. My guess is it just took a little extra time to get it up on the site this time.
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Originally Posted by Booga View Post

It's not uncommon for Apple to release these updates on Friday evening. My guess is it just took a little extra time to get it up on the site this time.

Indeed, they've released a new beta every other friday for the past 6 weeks. So this one's a day late, whatever.
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I would think that an announcement about the release date and any added features will have to be coming here soon with this being the 5th beta.. can't wait! Im still hoping for those rumored navigation and voice features and nfc? although thats probably doubtful for this one.
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Developers upgrading from iOS beta 4 to beta 5 MUST delete all content and settings from their device before upgrading over the air. I did the upgrade after following the Read Me on the dev site and it worked fine. With updates like this, it pays to read the fine print.

One thing that was not mentioned is that you can now FINALLY convert your MobileMe account to iCloud. (https://www.me.com/move) I was unable to really test the functionality completely with my secondary account specifically created to use iCloud. Now I can use my MobileMe account alone. I did back everything up as my data could possible get deleted as part of the beta process.

Nonetheless, the update is a step in the right direction. Just follow the instructions
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Developers upgrading from iOS beta 4 to beta 5 MUST delete all content and settings from their device before upgrading over the air. I did the upgrade after following the Read Me on the dev site and it worked fine. With updates like this, it pays to read the fine print.

One thing that was not mentioned is that you can now FINALLY convert your MobileMe account to iCloud. (https://www.me.com/move) I was unable to really test the functionality completely with my secondary account specifically created to use iCloud. Now I can use my MobileMe account alone. I did back everything up as my data could possible get deleted as part of the beta process.

Nonetheless, the update is a step in the right direction. Just follow the instructions

It wouldn't even let me do an OTA upgrade for my iPhone to beta 5. 3->4 worked great, but for 5 I had to reinstall.
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It wouldn't even let me do an OTA upgrade for my iPhone to beta 5. 3->4 worked great, but for 5 I had to reinstall.

Same. Didn't see the thing mentioned before in the release notes, though. I probably missed it
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