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Apple Releases iOS 5 Beta 2, Enables Wireless Syncing!

Apple Releases iOS 5 Beta 2, Enables Wireless Syncing!

It’s been less than three weeks since Beta 1, and the second beta is already upon us – lucky us! Also included are new versions of the iTunes 10.5 beta, as well as a new beta for XCode and the iOS 5 SDK. I’m downloading the updates even as I’m typing this report, so I’ll be sure to let you know what I find as soon as possible.

The new betas should take care of a lot, and should help to enable some of the new features and smooth out some of the bugs in Beta 1. So, developers: get to it, install the update, and let us know what you dig up? OK? Thanks!

Update 1: Wireless Syncing now works, and it requires the latest iTunes beta, and OS X 10.6.8 or the latest Lion Developer Preview to work.

Update 2: iMessage for iOS 5 Beta 2 cannot communicate with iMessage from iOS 5 Beta 1 – you’ll need to do the upgrade to use that functionality.

Update 3: iTunes 10.5 Beta 2 cannot sync with devices running iOS 5 Beta 1.

Update 4: There’s now an animated welcome screen after you reinstall.

I’m only going to detail the significant changes from this point forward – minor cosmetic changes, and things that are not functionally important will not be mentioned.

Update 5:

  • iMessage is now significantly faster, though it only works between iOS 5 beta 2 devices, and not devices running Beta 1.
  • Backing up to iCloud now works better, faster, and can be done when setting up your device.
  • Over-The-Air Updates is now functional, but there are no updates available.
  • You can now access and browse through the stock wallpapers, but there are no new or different ones.
  • The first-boot welcome screen is now nicely animated.
  • The entire experience of using iOS 5 beta is now speedier, snappier, and a bit easier on the battery life.

I’m sure there will be more discoveries down the road, so we’ll brief you on any significant things we discover or hear about, but as far as I’m concerned, minor changes and slight cosmetic differences aren’t really worth mentioning here.

Let us know if you find something interesting by commenting on this post!

  1. Amr Esk says:

    I keep wishing that Flash support will be added in one of these updates..
    I know… WAY to much wishful thinking….

    1. Tim says:

      They will never do it. Steve Jobs doesn’t believe in flash and apples focuses on HTML 5…

    2. Abcd says:

      Flash this flash that! Get android n stop fussin!

  2. Barioberm says:

    iMessage not working

  3. Damonb says:

    iMessage does not work between ios5 beta2 devices either. We have installed on 2 different iPhone and cannot get them to communicate. Funnily enough and old iPhone with beta 1 was able to send an iMessage to a beta2 iPhone. 
    When we turn off the sms option no messages get through.

  4. Guest says:

    you can hide the keyboard now in messages

  5. Hasse says:

    FaceTime is Disabled for some reason as stated in the release note and Internet connection sharing is greyed out on my iPhone 4. No mention on that in the release note. :(.

  6. cguestw says:

    Does beta 2 stop people from using some apps?
    When I installed it, I noticed things were running much more smoothly but when my phone booted completely, none of my apps loaded. I tried to sync them and only apple apps showed up.

  7. Nathanjoudi says:

    All right people so beta 2 is out greate. However i have come across several bugs. For instance playing youtube inside safari you dont get the play button or the fast forward option. Selecting and pasting things is a nightmare to do. Your calnder when you create an event and then go back to chnage it will not save. there are many others. So for the mean time yes its greate and yes i know its beta2 still i just think they should at least check things.

  8. Jaki says:

    i have ios 5 beta 2 on iphone 4 with itunes installed. why wireless sync not working? what is the setup procedure? thanks in advance for responding

    1. Stewy148 says:

      At the minute apple is only letting macs use wireless-syncing! :/
      Hopefully they will let windows users use it when the full release comes out! 😉

  9. Jaki says:

    i have ios 5 beta 2 on iphone 4 with itunes installed. why wireless sync not working? what is the setup procedure? thanks in advance for responding

  10. Hector14k says:

    How do I know what beta I have?

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