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What’s new in iOS 5 Beta 2 for iPhone

updated 07:15 am EDT, Sat June 25, 2011

iOS 5 Beta 2 has arrived with some tweaks

With the release of iOS Beta 2 for iPhone, we have had a chance to play around with it and check out some of its revisions and new additions. Under the hood, developers can now tinker with new Game Center APIs, a Newsstand Kit for subscriptions and magazines, Core Image, refined Twitter integration and GLKit. Among the visual changes are revised lock-screen notifications, a new iCloud icon, and keyboard hiding in the Messages app.

Other changes include the full activation of Wi-Fi syncing with iTunes when used in conjunction with the pre-release version of iTunes 10.5. Over-the-air (OTA) updates now looks as thought it is activated as the phone actually checks for updates now - whether this means that the next developer release will be delivered OTA remains to be seen. The Reminders app now has the ability to have sound alerts set, and is now also searchable through Spotlight.

There are other minor tweaks here and there, but one other detail that hasn't escaped our attention is the relegation of MobileMe in the mail account settings to last on the list. Taking the number one slot is now iCloud.

The screenshots below further illustrate some of the changes in the iOS 5 Beta 2 release. For a more detailed run through about what's in stall for iOS5, see our hands-on iOS5 pre-view.

iCloud takes number one slot in mail account settings - MobileMe relegated to last

Revised lock-screen notifications, larger notifications also centered

Keyboard slides away when scrolling in messages

OTA updates in action

New iCloud logo replaces purple version in Beta 1

by MacNN Staff



  1. mungler

    Joined: Dec 1969



    how's the stability? tempted to stick this version on my iPhone 4...

  1. Sanjiv S

    Joined: Dec 1969


    It's stable.

    Hey Mungler. I wrote the story (and the pre-view) and can report that it is stable. I'm really enjoying it. There's still a lot of work for Apple to do to get all the iCloud functionality off the ground. However, the notifications and iMessages are real highlights.

    If you install it, you will need to download the iTunes 10.5 beta as well. That seems to be working nicely too.

    iOS users will have a lot to look forward to come September!

  1. aristotles

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Non-dev should not be downloading this stuff.

    What is your disfunction mungler? I mean really, have you been brainwashed by the eternal beta of google products into thinking that you can use betas as if they were final?

    There is no reason for anyone outside of Apple who is not a third party dev or tester to be running the betas.

  1. facebook_Zack

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    Joined: Jun 2011



    Hey aristotles, don't be a douche.

  1. facebook_Justin

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    Joined: Jun 2011


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    I'm loving the beta (I have it on my i4). Here's a few things I'd like to see:

    .The ability to delete stuff from notifications menu (for example, delete an E-Mail without opening by just swiping and deleting from notifications).

    .A user agent changer for mobileSafari (I have been asking for this for awhile now).

    .Auto sync when you approach your wifi network (rather then just when you plug in).

    .The Video/Music icon re-merged (I cant stand the split icons introduced in iOS 5 beta 1. I'm actually considering jailbreaking just to re-merge them)!

    .iChat (I know, this will probably never happen, but I'd love to see it on the iPhone, the current AIM clients available for it really suck).

  1. Sanjiv S

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Many companies release Beta software to the general public before the official release. For whatever reason, Apple does not always choose this path. However, one recent example where it did just this, was with FaceTime for Mac.

    Users who download and use Beta software should always be mindful that things may not always work as well as the final release.

    But it's all in the name of fun isn't it? It's fun to experiment with computer hardware and software.

    Nothing wrong with a bit of fun right?

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