SMARTPHONE DEVELOPER APPLE has released the fourth beta of IOS 5 for the Ipad, Iphone 3GS, Iphone 4 and the third and fourth generation Ipod Touch units.
Apple is expected to show off the final version of IOS 5 when it takes the wraps off the so-called Iphone 5 in the coming months, but before then it is giving IOS developers the chance to play around with new features, such as WiFi data transfer. IOS 5 beta 4 was also the first to be sent over-the-air (OTA), though there are reports that jailbroken IOS devices did not receive the update.
While Apple's decision to include OTA updating is a nod towards Google's model of delivering Android updates, the big arrival is WiFi syncing, which works on Windows and Mac OS X 10.6.8 or Mac OS X 10.7, its latest Lion OS release. When an IOS 5 device is plugged in and on the same WiFi network as the paired computer, the software automatically triggers wireless syncing of IOS 5.
As previously mentioned, while Apple might not provide OTA updates to jailbroken IOS 5 beta devices, that hasn't stopped the Iphone Dev Team from releasing a jailbroken version of IOS 5 beta 4. However the Iphone Dev Team has yet to release an Ipad 2 version of IOS 5 beta 4, though we don't expect that to be far behind.
With the Iphone 5 expected to tip up some time this coming September, the development of IOS 5 is proceeding at steady pace. There's also time for IOS apps developers to make use of the features that undoubtedly will be shown off at Steve Jobs' inevitable, magical unveiling. µ
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