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.