As many have predicted over the last few days, the fourth beta of iOS 5, Apple’s next-generation mobile operating system, has just been released to developers today. While we didn’t get the chance to play with the new build yet, it’s likely to bring further feature enhancements and bug fixes to iOS 5.
All registered iOS developers should be allowed, and encouraged, to get this new release immediately in order to continue providing timely and accurate feedback to Apple, as well as making sure all their apps work flawlessly under the new platform once it’s released to most users. Beta 4, unlike previous-releases, is also available over-the-air (OTA), allowing phones currently running iOS 5 Beta 3 to be updated on the fly. Since this feature experimental, please proceed with caution: you can always download the build from Apple’s developer website if you want to stay on the safe side.
The best way to obtain iOS 5, this build and any that might come out after it, is to obtain a developer registration with Apple. Anyone is able to do it, as long of they have $99 to spend. In addition to builds, those who’ve registered will also have access to developer-oriented tools and documentation. While meant for developers, a developer registration is a most-have for iOS enthusiasts, just keep in mind that since this is a beta release, you’re advised to have some knowledge on how iOS operates, should anything go wrong. Get a subscription today from Apple’s Developer Website, this might just be the best $99 you’ll ever spend.
iOS 5 was first officially unveiled at this year’s WWDC, Apple’s developer-oriented conference, after months of speculation. Among the many new features the new release brings to the table,Notification Center for easy management of notifications, enhancements to Mobile Safari, a new to-do system known as Reminders, iMessage, a proprietary iOS-only instant messaging service, and a built-in setup wizard that allows users to set up new devices without a computer nearby are just some of the most prominent features.
Along with iOS 5 Beta 4, Apple has also released iTunes 10.5 Beta 4, also available exclusively to registered developers. The new version of iTunes is required to sync with the new system, so be sure you download it along with the new iOS.
As September draws closer, Apple might soon want to apply its finishing touches to iOS 5. Until then, we’ll likely see more beta releases.