Apple Releases iOS 5 Beta 7 To Developers Along With New Xcode

Apple has released the seventh beta version of iOS 5 to developers as an Over-the-Air update. The latest beta build of iOS 5 can be downloaded in the iOS Dev Center.

Apple released iOS 5 Beta 6 with minor bug fixes and improvements nearly two weeks ago. A seventh iOS beta is unheard of, and iOS 5 will be Apple’s most revolutionary mobile software release to date when it is launched to the public this Fall.The delta release, which only downloads changed code, is a lighter one, weighing in at around 70MB, compared to 144MB for beta 6.

 

iOS 5 Beta 6 expires on September 29th, and it’s expected that Apple will hold its next event in either late September or early October.

 

The following issues relate to using the 5.0 SDK to develop code.

Accounts :

  • When creating an iCloud account, you can use any Apple ID as long as it is a full email address and not a MobileMe account. If you have a MobileMe account, you can move that account to iCloud.

AirPlay :

  • Starting in iOS 5, video content in applications and websites are AirPlay-enabled by default.
  • iOS 5 supports AirPlay of video via AV Foundation.

API Validation :

  • NEW: Starting in iOS 5.0 development tools beta 7, it is possible to extract APIs used by an application and have them checked for private APIs usage. This option will be offered at Validation time.

Apple TV :

  • Apple TV Software beta enables users to mirror the contents of an iPad 2 to an Apple TV (2nd generation) using AirPlay. This beta software also enables Photo Stream on Apple TV so users can access photos stored in iCloud. Slideshow settings are not remembered for slideshow playback (always plays back in Reflections theme). Screen savers settings are behaving properly.

Binary Compatibility :

  • On applications linked against the iOS 5.0 SDK, scroll view content offsets will no longer be rounded to integral pixels during a pinch gesture.

Calendar :

  • Birthday calendars are not currently available via the icloud.com website or in Windows. They will be available in a future release.

iBooks :

  • iBooks 1.2.2 may fail to display some text or images in books. Please update to iBooks 1.3 in the App Store.

iCloud Backup  :

  • If you enable iCloud Backup, automatic backup with iTunes when syncing will be disabled. We also suggest that you manually back up your device with iTunes. Backups made with earlier versions of iOS 5 beta will soon become incompatible, and will no longer be available.

 

 

Apple recommends backing up devices using iTunes 10.5 beta 7 or via iCloud backup before performing the software update.

The new update focuses on support for iCloud, including tighter requirements for apps using iCloud Documents & Datato identify their cloud-stored documents securely.

Devices that enable iCloud Backup will now automatically disable backup through iTunes, accelerating the iTunes sync process.

Apple continues to refine iOS 5, iTunes, Apple TV, and Mac OS X Lion and Snow Leopard releases to launch its full iCloud service smoothly, apparently taking care not to repeat the rushed, problematic and very embarrassing launch fiascos of MobileMe back in 2008.

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