[UPDATE: CHANGES] Apple releases iOS 5 beta 2 to developers

That’s right everyone! Apple has just released the second beta version of iOS 5 to registered developers via the iOS Dev Connection. We’re downloading it right now and we’ll cover all the changes as we spot them.

UPDATE: As we go through the install process, we’re digging through the release notes and have already found these changes:

  • Wireless syncing has been enabled for Mac OS X computers
  • A new iTunes beta has been released as well
  • When first setting up the device, you now have the option to backup to iCloud or the computer
  • iCloud has a new logo in Settings
  • OTA software updates have been enabled, but there are no updates available at this time
  • If there are no notifications in Notification Center, “No New Notifications” will appear
  • By default, the Stocks Notification Center widget is turned off
  • Stock wallpapers are back in this build, but they are the same from iOS 4
  • Wireless syncing must be enabled in iTunes first. From there, just click sync now on your device and everything starts syncing over. No lag can be seen on the device when syncing.

  • Notifications on the lock screen are now handled differently. When you receive a text message, for example, the notification appears in a bubble like on iOS 4. As soon as another notification is received, the previous one goes to the top of the lock screen and is accessible by dragging down from the top of the time area. The new notification is shown in a bubble again.

  • You can now “Group by Album Artist”
  • SMS messages has received an ever-so-slight redesign
  • Many bugs from iOS 5 beta 1 have been addressed, but some new ones have been introduced
  • Swiping up when viewing a conversation in the Messages app will now hide the keyboard
  • The timeline when viewing videos in the Photos app has been slightly updated.
47 comments
Hello1andall
Hello1andall

I have an error with syncing, "waiting for sync to consolidate changes" or something along those lines. It won't sync anything at all. I'm a full developer with the new iTunes beta along with iOS 5 beta 2...

fodawgg
fodawgg

Is it wrong/illegal to download the iOS5 beta 2 and use it if I'm not a registered developer?

jthbaker
jthbaker

@Itsalltech: I'm in charge of a blog called Fizz Buzz that has just started, may I have some more info on all this? I'm a bit confused! And may I use some of your pics if I give you credit? I'm writing a report on iOS 5 to start off Fizz Buzz.

jthbaker
jthbaker

Well in the iOS 5 it says that iMessage or something will be available for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.

jthbaker
jthbaker

Can you please review 'texting' for iPod and iPad. Thanks!

saintrobot
saintrobot

This is an incredibly stupid question but does iTunes 10.5 b2 wifi sync work with iOS 4.3.3 as long as you have 10.6.8 installed?

Theicool
Theicool

How is battery life? My battery was horrible with beta 1.

justex07
justex07

So excited! Gotta get home and get this installed.

Theicool
Theicool

Does Square and many of the other apps that didn't work with the previous beta work on Beta2?

psyko12
psyko12

Hello again, thanks for adding the image!

I was wondering, is it still possible to hacktivate iOS5b2 through the notifications center bug? I ask of curiosity, I liked playing around with iOS5 ;)

Thanks again!

stevechaput
stevechaput

When updating to beta 2 from beta 1 will I need to set up as a new phone, ie following the same routine as I did when I originally installed beta 1?

Thanks!

psyko12
psyko12

TechJamieTech: You need to pay.

Dear writor: Please provide a screenshot of the new iCloud logo, thanks :) (not all of us are devs ;))

VinceDavis
VinceDavis

Can you confirm if video apps (e.i. Netflix, Hulu, etc.) are working in this beta. If not then it is the app that will have to be updated by the provider

Terran
Terran

@Hello1andall

Hi, I've got the same problem, iTunes displays, "The iPhone “T_____’s iPhone” could not be synced because the sync session failed to start." yet it's stored 1,511 photo's but none of my music. Anyone else got an idea?

itsalltech
itsalltech moderator

@Hello1andall Hi. This is an issue with the latest iTunes 10.5 beta and iOS 5 beta 2. Apple is aware of the issue and hopefully it will be addressed in the next update.

As far as syncing your content back, I'm sorry to say I don't think there is a solution that works (at least not yet). You can try and reinstall iTunes 10.5 beta, but not sure if that will address the issue.

itsalltech
itsalltech moderator

@fodawgg Is it wrong? Personally, I think that if you're OK with the bugs that will likely show up, it's not wrong. Is it illegal? Yes, it is (at least in Apple's eyes).

Keep in mind that you won't have the ability to report any bugs to Apple if they do crop up since you're not a registered developer. Also, keep in mind that you have to install the next beta version that will be available before the previous one expires and if you won't be able to do that, you're going to brick the device until the final version is released.

cscash241
cscash241

@fodawgg i don't think so buy you have to jailbreak it and remove some data from a plist file to activate it or atleast thats what iv heard but idk i got my udid registered by a dev

itsalltech
itsalltech moderator

@jthbaker Yes, you may use all images in this post (with a direct link to this article, however). What are you confused about exactly?

itsalltech
itsalltech moderator

@jthbaker iMessage hasn't changed much in this build. But here are a quick few thoughts: its useful and works well; quick; easy to use

itsalltech
itsalltech moderator

@Theicool So, after 1 hour and 41 minutes of usage ( and 1 hour 44 minutes of standby ), I have 90% battery (10% drain). It isn't perfectly up-to-par with iOS 4, but considering the extra diagnostic stuff running in the background, it's getting better.

itsalltech
itsalltech moderator

@Theicool I'm still on charge, but I'll post back later in the night. It was terrible for me too.

benhollberg
benhollberg

@Theicool If Square worked in iOS 5 beta 2 I would consider installing, right now it isn't an option for me since I use Square on a daily basis.

itsalltech
itsalltech moderator

@Theicool I would think that the apps themselves need to be updated, not the OS.

justex07
justex07

@Theicool I doubt it. Some of these devs have been rolling out fixes on their own since it isn't necessarily iOS 5 that is broken but more likely, the antiquated hooks and functions they were using in their apps. But if so, even better right? :D

itsalltech
itsalltech moderator

@stevechaput You're going to have to erase the device to install. From there, you can restore from a backup.

itsalltech
itsalltech moderator

@psyko12 Added it into the post. It's the normal iCloud logo...before it was some pink cloud though

nyk0n
nyk0n

@VinceDavis netflix worked on Beta 1. Hulu couldn't tell you since its not allowed in Canada. but it is the iOS that changes certain parts of how apps work with it but its up to the app dev's to update their apps to work with the new OS. as a side note you wont see any updated apps on the app store until after iOS5 is released to the public

itsalltech
itsalltech moderator

@VinceDavis I would think that the apps themselves need to be updated, not the OS.

itsalltech
itsalltech moderator

@TechJamieTech It's available to iOS registered developers only. Check the iOS Dev Connection at: developer.apple.com

cscash241
cscash241

you can't brick . all you have to do is save you 4.3.3ssh and put it in recover mode and downgrade but i think apple is still signing 4.3.3 so you don't even need to save ur shsh u just have to put it in recovery mode and restore to 4.3.3 @itsalltech @fodawgg

saintrobot
saintrobot

@itsalltech thanks that's what I figured. And I suppose I still have to have a registered UDID for my wifi only iPad 2?

johnmryan
johnmryan

@itsalltech @TechJamieTech If you had beta one, is your device also registered for beta 2? i'm not a developer but a friend register my device for the first beta, will I be able to upgrade to beta 2?

itsalltech
itsalltech moderator

@cscash241 @fodawgg Ah, yes. Completely forgot about that. I believe you have to put it into DFU mode for this to work.

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