Less than two weeks ago, Apple pushed out the sixth pre-release version of iOS 5 to be tested by those who have registered developer accounts. In terms of new features and content, iOS 5 beta 6 isn't all that much because it was nothing more than a security and performance update. And now a quick heads-up, a few hours ago Apple just seeded iOS 5 Beta 7 for registered developers.
One of the highlights of Apple's WWDC event back in June was the unveiling of iOS 5. Aside from introducing the key features of the company's upgrade to their mobile operating system, it was also revealed that the iOS 5 will be released next month. So iOS 5 beta 7 is more likely the last pre-release version of the iOS 5 before Apple pushes out the final build next month. Not much is known if there are major changes with this build but if past iOS betas are of any indication, iOS 5 beta 7 should be nothing more than a performance and stability update with a couple of bug fixes.
And as usual, you can update your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch with iOS 5 beta 7 using over-the-air (OTA) updates. OTA updates is one of the main features of the iOS 5 so one can update his iDevice through an internet connection and without having to plug it into a PC or Mac. To perform over the air updates simply navigate to Settings > General > Software Update. The update weighs around 70MB so if you have a fast connection, you should be updated in a couple of minutes.
But for whatever reason you can't use OTA updating, you always have the option of downloading the IPSW file from Apple's iOS Dev Center which of course requires you to login with your developer credentials. A registered developer account is required before you can partake in iOS betas or any pre-release software for that matter. In addition to that, you'll have access to various development tools and documentation. Registering for developer account will cost you a $99 annual fee with no additional requirements. Highly recommended not only for budding developers but for hardcore iOS fans as well.
For those who are intoxicated with being updated with regards to everything iOS, make sure that you read any related release notes before you install iOS 5 beta 7. With that said, remember that you will also need to install iTunes 10.5 beta 7 so that you can sync your device that's running iOS 5 beta 7. This is an absolute requirement since previous versions of iTunes 10.5 beta won't work.
iOS 5 is the much awaited upgrade to Apple's mobile operating system for the iPhone, iPad and the iPod touch. iOS 5 boasts over 200+ new features which includes improvements for Mobile Safari, a new notifications system called Notification Center, iMessage, WiFi Syncing, system-wide Twitter integration, updated Camera app and many more. For more information about iOS 5's features, you can read about our featured write-up here.
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