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.
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