iOS 5 beta 6 released; more evidence for October iPhone 5 launch

As the world still awaits official word on when the next version of the iPhone will be released, Apple has now released the sixth beta version of Apple's iOS 5 portable operating system to its various developers. also reports that a new beta version of its iTunes download store is also now available for iOS developers. In addition, some more developer betas have been released including a second beta version of its iWork software for iOS with iCloud support) a new beta (version 5) for its software inside its AppleTV device.

iOS 5 is scheduled to be released for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad sometime this fall, around the time that the iPhone 5 and the iPod device refresh are suppose to launch. Beta 6 of the iOS 5 release has a pretty extensive change log but it's mainly to fix bugs. That would seem to indicate that Apple is close to locking down the feature list for iOS 5 in preparation for its release. In terms of new features, iOS 5 will have support for Apple's new iCloud, WiFi syncing with Windows PC as well as the Mac, the new Notification Center, and setting up an iPhone without the need for a Mac or Windows PC and lots more.

In related news, there's more evidence of an early October launch for the iPhone 5. Boy Genius Report claims that an AT&T VP has told employees to expect the launch of Apple's smartphone in that time frame and that those same employees should expect to be very busy in next 35 to 50 days.

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