iOS 5 beta 5 now available

Apple's latest beta build of iOS 5 is now available. Identified as iOS 5 beta 5, the newest build comes only two weeks after beta 4 launched. Like the upgrade between beta 3 and beta 4, upgrading from beta 4 to beta 5 can be done 'over-the-air'. In short, it can be updated without connecting the iDevice to a PC or Mac and updating through iTunes. As iThinkDiff reports, iOS 5 beta 5 build ID is 9A5288d.

Upgrading between beta 4 and beta 5 can only be done with devices that are not jailbroken. Jailbroken devices must be updated using iTunes on a Mac or PC. If you're eligible for 'over-the-air' updates then you can get updated via Settings, then General, and finally 'Software Update'.

iOS 5 will be leaving some older Apple devices behind, as has been the case for other builds of the mobile OS. The latest version of the operating system is compatible with the following Apple devices:

  • iPhone 4 (GSM & CDMA)
  • iPhone 3GS
  • iPod Touch 3G
  • iPod Touch 4G
  • iPad
  • iPad 2

Changes made between beta 4 and beta 5 are available via Boy Genius Report. Most changes will remain insignificant for those who purchased access to the iOS 5 beta, though for the developers who have legitimate claims it may be of more importance. In short, iOS 5 beta 5 will eradicate some links with older betas (such as restricting usage of iMessage to others with iMessage beta 2) while also establishing some new features awaiting in the fall release of iOS 5.

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16 Comments

Windrider said,
Some people need to reset their devices in order for OTA to work.

And those enrolled in the program already know this through the release notes...

deep1234 said,
Just a question, if I am upgrading to iOS 5, it deletes the old iOS 4 image at the phone or upgrade that image?
It deletes it, and you cannot downgrade once upgraded.

DJ Dark said,
It deletes it, and you cannot downgrade once upgraded.

False. You can enter dfu mode and restore to an older version. Exactly what I did when I went back to 4.3.3 from 5.

shockz said,

False. You can enter dfu mode and restore to an older version. Exactly what I did when I went back to 4.3.3 from 5.

According to Apple's release note for iOS 5 beta 5:
"Devices updated to iOS 5 beta can not be restored to earlier versions of iOS. Devices will be able to upgrade to future beta releases and the final iOS 5 software."

Windrider said,

According to Apple's release note for iOS 5 beta 5:
"Devices updated to iOS 5 beta can not be restored to earlier versions of iOS. Devices will be able to upgrade to future beta releases and the final iOS 5 software."

It said the same for beta 4 and I assume other beta too. But with those, its 100% possible to downgrade to 4.3.5 as I've done so myself.

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