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New in iOS 5 Beta 2: Sync iTunes With Your iDevice Wirelessly Through WiFi [Video]

Just earlier, Apple finally released its follow-up for the iOS 5 beta, the iOS 5 beta 2. If the full release notes for the beta 2 is any indication, it looks like Apple brought a lot of fixes and several new features for the iOS 5 beta 2. And one of the most notable new feature that comes with beta 2 is the WiFi Syncing.

iTunes WiFi Sync

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According to the release notes regarding WiFi Syncing:

In iOS 5.0 beta 2, wireless syncing is now available for the Mac. It requires iTunes 10.5 beta 2 and OS X 10.6.8 or Lion. You will see an option to enable wireless syncing when you connect your device to iTunes with the USB cable. It is recommended you perform your initial sync with a cable after restoring your device.

Wireless syncing is triggered automatically when the device is connected to power and on the same network as the paired computer. Or, you can manually trigger a sync from iTunes or from Settings -> General -> iTunes Sync (same network as paired computer required). Be sure your device is plugged into a power source when performing Wireless syncs.

In this beta, iTunes may incorrectly report Photos as "Other" in the capacity bar. Photo syncing otherwise works as expected.

Check out this video demo of WiFi Syncing from iPhoneDownloadBlog:

Along with the release of iOS 5 beta 2, comes also the iTunes 10.5 beta 2. For you to take advantage of the new WiFi Syncing feature, you will need both plus the OS X 10.6.8 or the developer's preview of Lion. Just follow these steps in order to get WiFi Syncing to work:

  1. First install iOS 5 beta 2 on your device.
  2. Install iTunes 10.5 beta 2 on your PC or Mac.
  3. Plug your iDevice in the computer and launch iTunes.
  4. In iTunes, look under the Summary tab of your iOS device and enable the option: “Sync over Wi-Fi connection” then proceed to sync your device via USB.
  5. Now that your device is now recognized by iTunes, you can now unplug your iDevice.
  6. To sync iTunes and your device wirelessly, try dropping some files into your device and Sync. If you did it correctly, you should be able to wirelessly sync your iPhone, iPod or iPad through WiFi.

Pretty neat eh?

Earlier this month, the iOS 5 was previewed by Apple during the WWDC 2011 event. One of the most notable new features in the iOS 5 that was previewed is the WiFi Syncing feature. iDevice users have been long clamoring for this feature and it is nice to see Apple has finally complied with the release of iOS 5.

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    Mark10 years, 3 months ago

    I read many days ago about registermybeta to register your UDID. Thank you for the advice ;)
    I just registered my iPhone on their website and I now have the beta 2 running on my device !
    Thank you sooo much
    Have a nice weekend