As you all know, the iOS 5 Beta 4 was released by Apple about two weeks ago. Now as we get into its expected September release, Apple pushed out its 5th update for iOS 5 beta. As usual, iOS 5 Beta 5 is exclusive for those who have a developer account enrolled in Apple‘s iOS Dev Center. As with all iOS 5 betas, iOS 5 Beta 5 (build 9A5288d) is expected to have numerous bug fixes and all sorts of minor enhancements.
Much like the iOS 5 Beta 4, the fifth iOS 5 beta build also supports over the air updates but in order to do that, according to the release notes, you must first delete all contents and settings in your iPhone, iPad or iPad touch. This can be done by selecting Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings. But be sure that before you wipeout your contents and settings, it is recommended that you backup your device through iTunes 10 Beta 4 or through iCloud.
If you want to read about the full release notes of iOS 5 Beta 5, you can head over to BGR.
As stated before, iOS 5 Beta 5 is for developers only or at least for those who have enrolled an account over at Apple’s Developer Center. All developers are highly encouraged to update to iOS Beta 5 immediately so they will be able to play with the latest build and provide an accurate and timely feedback for Apple in case there are bugs to be found. Also since, iOS 5 Beta 5 supports over the air update, developers might want to update using such method. This is such a key feature that needs to refined before it releases to the general public, any feedback that you can provide will surely help a lot with improving the feature. If you have jailbroken device though, over the air updates won’t work.
While one can certainly download iOS 5 Beta 5 through various file sharing websites, keep in mind that Apple checks for the UDID before you can activate the firmware. So even if you can get your hands in iOS 5 Beta 5’s IPSW, there is no guarantee that you can use it unless someone comes up with a workaround.
But of course you can always download the latest iOS beta build by enrolling an account in Apple’s iOS Dev Center. Registering an account is easy because there is no other specific requirement other than paying an annual fee of $99. Registering an account will of course give you exclusive access to iOS firmware betas and as well as various resources and tools that are designed to help you design your very own apps. While iOS 5 is geared towards developers, an iOS developer account is highly recommended for any Apple enthusiast.
iOS 5 is expected to be released this coming September. The latest upgrade to Apple’s mobile operating system offers more than 200+ new features and will most likely come with the next iPhone.
Download iOS 5 Beta 5 IPSW from the iOS Dev Center.