Apple launches fifth beta of iOS 7 to developers

It was looking like Apple was planning to launch a fifth beta for iOS 7 sometime this week, and today that prediction came true. Apple has now released the latest beta build of its next mobile OS to developers.

9to5Mac.com states that officially, the change notes for the fifth iOS 7 beta contain unnamed "bug fixes and improvements". There is one interesting change which will allow most iOS 7 devices "to set up an Apple TV after restoring or resetting all settings."

It's more than likely that Apple will launch at least one more beta, if not more, for the OS before it signs off on the final version. iOS 7 was officially introduced in June at WWDC. with Apple showing off a revamped UI that has flatter icons, as shown in the screenshot above.

Apple is expected to release iOS 7 sometime in September for current iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch owners. It is also expected to be included out of the box in new iPhone and iPad products that Apple has still not officially announced. One of those new products could be an cheaper iPhone with a case made out of plastic, which is being called the iPhone 5C.

Source: 9to5Mac.com | Image via Apple

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There's a bug in Beta 5. Sometimes the App Store keeps refreshing itself every few seconds. It makes it really hard to download apps.

I have been running the betas since Beta 1, no real show stoppers. I am no longer a dev and I get the beta files from the google. It looks like Apple has turned off the need for your phone to be registered as a dev to run the betas.

derekaw said,
I have been running the betas since Beta 1, no real show stoppers.

I hope you mean no real show stoppers in beta 5... there were some serious show stoppers in previous iOS 7 betas.

Shadrack said,
So is iOS 7 beta up for daily driving yet or still too buggy to rely on throughout the day?

Should be fine from beta 5 onwards.

Shadrack said,
So is iOS 7 beta up for daily driving yet or still too buggy to rely on throughout the day?

Yes it's good enough for daily driving now. Beta 4 it got to that point when all the most serious problems were fixed with just an occasional reboot and Beta 5 seems stable so far

I have been using it as my daily driver (iPad 2) since beta 3, and haven't ran across any major problems at all. Now I'm on beta 5, and it seems really solid. I didn't think I would like the new interface, but it is actually quite pleasant to use.

Running it now on my iPhone 5 and iPad 4 and really feeling a lot closer to final version now. Really impressed with the progress since first beta which had a lot of issues

kiddingguy said,
Kinda curious when it can finally be downloaded in September/October for the masses...

The day they announce the next iPhone.

sanke1 said,

The day they announce the next iPhone.

I don't think that's completely true. Don't they make people wait until the new iPhones show up on people's doorsteps? (Usually about 2 weeks after the official announcement)

Astra.Xtreme said,

I don't think that's completely true. Don't they make people wait until the new iPhones show up on people's doorsteps? (Usually about 2 weeks after the official announcement)

Yep. You can get the iOS GM the day the new iPhone is announce. It doesn't require a developer account to use, but you still have to rely on torrents for the ipsw, and a version of iTunes that will support it.

omgben said,

Yep. You can get the iOS GM the day the new iPhone is announce. It doesn't require a developer account to use, but you still have to rely on torrents for the ipsw, and a version of iTunes that will support it.

Ooo, interesting. I guess I need to get with the times. Thanks for the tip.

Jan said,
iOS 7 is starting to look really good, shame about the icons though

I think iOS 7 is pretty neat. It looks a lot more elegant and stylish than the bland, boring, monochromatic colors of squares and rectangles of another OS.

Some people are just hard to please

Just kidding. Looks okay, nice change in my humble opinion. Needed something drastically different from what iOS has essentially grown into over the past 6 years.

TheAncientOne said,

I think iOS 7 is pretty neat. It looks a lot more elegant and stylish than the bland, boring, monochromatic colors of squares and rectangles of another OS.

You mean the OS with the animated live information that also has realtime photos on the rectangles? A feature iOS users are asking for that won't appear in iOS7?

Mobius Enigma said,

You mean the OS with the animated live information that also has realtime photos on the rectangles? A feature iOS users are asking for that won't appear in iOS7?

Live tiles is pretty much a ripoff of widgets. Even if Apple were to adopt it, it will be nowhere near as ugly as Microsoft's OS. It's no wonder the majority of smartphone users pass up on it just like Windows 8. Microsoft just doesn't know what cool is or what people really want. Shame.

you mad???

But on the serious side, over here WP8 has seen a steady rise since the beginning of this year. Still small numbers, but growing numbers nontheless..
It's not all about the US numbers...