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Apple Releases iOS 5 Beta 3, Now Available for Download

As expected, Apple just released the iOS 5 Beta 3 today dubbed as Build 9A5259f. As of now, not much is known about this particular pre-release version of the iOS 5 but according to the release notes it fixes a lot of bugs and does have small tweaks and new features. So if you are someone with an iOS Dev Center account, then it is highly recommended that you install this new version of iOS 5 beta.

iOS 5 Beta 3
The folks at the CultofMac has gotten their hands on iOS 5 Beta 3 release notes, here's a couple of fixes and new features that we can expect with this pre-release version:


  • When creating an iCloud account you can use any Apple ID provided it is a full email address and not a MobileMe account. If you have a MobileMe account, you can copy data from that account to an iCloud account to use during testing. You can find more information on iCloud at:
  • NEW: In this beta the option of “Choosing a security question” is not working during an iCloud account setup.


  • iOS 5 supports AirPlay of video via AV Foundation.
  • FIXED: The Apple TV screen saver may degrade mirroring performance over AirPlay. The screen saver can be disabled in Apple TV settings.

iCloud Backup

  • As this is beta software, it is recommended that you do not use the iCloud services to store any critical data or information. If you enable iCloud Backup, automatic backup with iTunes when syncing will be disabled. We suggest you also manually back up your device with iTunes.
  • In the iOS 5 beta, support for data protection in iCloud Backup is unavailable. Apps that have protected files will not have any of their data or metadata backed up as a result.

iCloud Storage

  • During the iOS 5 beta period, any documents stored on the servers might be purged periodically before GM. Therefore, it is highly recommended that you do not store any critical documents or information on the servers.


  • NEW: iMessage beta 3 will be unable to communicate with iMessage users on beta 1. It works between beta 3 and beta 2.
  • NEW: Modal alerts don’t appear for iMessages.

And a whole lot of more. To read the complete release notes, just head over to the CultofMac.

All developers are encouraged to upgrade to this latest version of the iOS 5 beta so you can provide early feedback to Apple and tweak the compatibility of your apps. If you are someone who was able to install beta 2 without a developer account or you have a device jailbroken to iOS 5 beta 2, then you might want to stay away from this beta version because Apple will most likely have patched any vulnerabilities at this point. Or else you will end up with a useless device until new information is available.

Of course, you always have the option of going legit and enroll for an account in the iOS Dev Center. Enrolling for an account doesn't mean you have to be a developer so you will be qualified. All you need to do is pay for a $99 annual fee. You will then have access to the iOS good stuff like pre-release iOS versions and tons of developer tools. Definitely a worthy investment for any hardcore Apple fan.

We'll be sure to update you of any new features of iOS 5 beta 3, so be sure to stay tune with us.

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    Kong lee9 years, 7 months ago

    Hi, I have an iPhone 4 version 4.1 and would like to update my version to current one

    I want to keep my current baseband. What about the current jailbreak I will lose it .

    Any expertise out there please help with my situation , greatly appreciated.