As you all know, iOS 5 is currently on its seventh pre-release version while its software requirement iTunes 10.5 beta is on its eight version which was released about three weeks ago. But now Apple has released iTunes 10.5 Beta 9 for developers ahead the Golden Master release of iOS 5.
As mentioned above, iTunes 10.5 beta 8 was released about three weeks ago which is mainly an update to improve iCloud's iTunes Match service. It was an interesting software release by Apple because it didn't come with an accompanying iOS 5 beta firmware update. It was thought that iOS 5 beta 8 was going to release a few days later but that never happened. According to various reports, iOS 5 beta 7 and the newly released iTunes 10.5 Beta 9 will be the final pre-release builds before both software goes gold. In case you don't know, "Golden Master" is a term used in hardware and software development in reference to the model that will undergo mass production. Unless major issues like bugs are found, it is highly likely that the Gold Master build will be similar to the public or commercial version.
As per usual, access to iTunes 10.5 beta 9 is only exclusive to those who are registered Apple developers. But contrary to popular belief, becoming an Apple developer is not that hard at all. All you have to do is signup for an account at Apple's iOS Dev Center. Everyone is welcome to signup for an account granted that you are willing to pay for the $99 annual fee. Being an Apple developer doesn't only give you access to iOS betas and other software but you'll also be provided many development tools and documentations which can help you develop an application of your own.
One word of caution though, if you are running iOS 5 betas below beta 7, then you might want to stay away from iTunes 10.5 beta 9 because you will be unable to sync your devices. You will need to upgrade to iOS 5 beta 7 if you are looking to use iTunes 10.5 beta 9.
As you probably know, Apple has already announced that they will be holding an iPhone event on October 4th over at their campus in Cupertino. During the event, Apple's next major smartphone will surely be unveiled and it is also where iOS 5 Gold Master build is expected to be released, with the final version following the week after that.Contact Us for News Tips, Corrections and Feedback