Apple Releases iOS 5 Beta 2 To Developers; Enables Wi-Fi Sync Feature [Updated]

iOS 5

Apple has just released the second beta version of iOS 5 (build 9A5248d)to developers of iOS Developer program.

iOS 5 beta 2 is available for iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPod Touch 4th generation, iPod Touch 3rd generation, iPad and iPad 2.

Apple unveiled iOS 5 at WWDC 2011 Keynote, which includes more than 200 features for iPhoneiPad and iPod Touch users such as revamped Notification system with Notification Center, iMessage, PC Free, Wi-Fi Sync Newsstand, Reminders, deep Twitter integration and lots more. Apple has also improved the Camera app, Photo app, mobile Safari browser, Mail and Calendar app in iOS 5. With iOS 5, users also won’t need a computer.

According to the release notes, Apple has enabled the Wi-Fi sync feature in iOS beta 2 for Mac users:

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.

iOS 5 Beta 1 that was released couple of weeks back had revealed quite a few hidden features.

Please note that iOS 5 beta is meant only for developers as devices updated to iOS 5 beta can only be restored to earlier versions of iOS if you’ve the SHSH blobs.

Update 1:

iOS 5 beta 2 can be jailbroken using Redsn0w 0.9.8b1, but iPhone Dev Team has advised iPhone unlockers to avoid upgrading to iOS 5.

Update 2:

Folks at iFans has provided the summary from the iOS 5 beta 2 release notes:

  • iTunes 10.5b2 can’t sync iOS 5 Beta 1 devices
  • iOS5 Beta 1 devices can’t iMessage iOS5 Beta 2 devices and vice-versa
  • WiFi sync now works with OS X computers; it has to be enabled in iTunes 10.5 beta 2 first
  • OTA updates have been released, though none are currently available
  • iCloud has a new logo in the
  • You can now backup to iCloud or the computer when setting the device up
  • If no notifications are available, Notification Center shows the text “No New Notifications”
  • Stock widget in the Notification Center is now off by default
  • Stock wallpapers are back, but are the same that were in iOS 4
  • General speed improvements, kills bugs that were present in iOS 5 beta 1

Update 3:

Apple has also released iTunes 10.5 beta 2 and Apple TV Software beta 2.

We will let you know if the beta version of iOS 5 reveals any other interesting new features, so stay tuned here at iPhone Hacks or join our Facebook Fan page or follow us on Twitter or subscribe to our RSS feed.