Rumor: Apple's iOS 5 beta 6 to be released on August 17

Every year for the past four years, Apple has remained steady with their release schedule around mid-summer. Apple has always left their followers on the edge by announcing their exciting features only a few weeks or even days before their release date.

Apple seems to have taken a different approach this year, whether it be production or quality issues, by releasing a beta of their iOS 5 software during the summer. As the rumored release date of the iPhone 5 approaches, developers claimed they have cracked the release date schedule for iOS 5 betas, according to 9to5mac.com.

Many users may have notice, Apple released iOS 5 beta 5 on a Saturday, an odd schedule for Apple to release any product. Some users, including myself, weren't able to receive OTA updates from beta 4 to beta 5 on our iPhone 4 (GSM), while our iPad 2 received a notification and updated without a hitch.

The speculation that Apple is releasing timed updates for the iOS software to stretch out the schedule until a (rumoured) release in September.

So if developers have actually cracked the OTA update schedule, your iOS software is pre-determined to release iOS 5 beta 6 on Wednesday August 17, 2011.

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I saw someone post about the update Saturday. I just went in to settings>general>updates and it showed up and I updated my cdma and iPad2 no problems. Took about 15-20 minutes for each one. I never received a notice to update. Didn't have to erase all.

If you didn't receive the notification to update, you need to "erase all contents and settings" in the Settings app, just like Apple said to do in the release notes.

Would like to see some news regarding OS X updates; it's like they released Lion and just forgot about it.

We know they care about iOS.

mdubb559 said,
Would like to see some news regarding OS X updates; it's like they released Lion and just forgot about it.

We know they care about iOS.


What? They have released a couple of updates to assure Lion compatibility for a few apps already. Based on their previous releases, they could release 10.7.1 any day by now.

mdubb559 said,
Would like to see some news regarding OS X updates; it's like they released Lion and just forgot about it.

We know they care about iOS.

You do know that 10.7.2 has been sent out to developers? I have it install on my MBP, so it can't be far away!