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Apple releases iOS 5 beta 2 with Wi-fi Sync

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By Charles Starrett

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Published: Friday, June 24, 2011
News Categories: Apple, iPad, iPhone, iPod, iTunes, Apple TV

Apple has posted the second beta version of iOS 5. Available to paid iOS developers, the release—listed as build 9A5248d—includes support for Wi-Fi Sync. As noted by Mac Rumors, the release notes state, “In iOS 5.0 beta 2, wireless syncing is now available for the Mac. It requires iTunes 10.5 beta 2 and OS X 10.6.8 or Lion. You will see an option to enable wireless syncing when you connect your device to iTunes with the USB cable. It is recommended you perform your initial sync with a cable after restoring your device.”

The text continues, “Wireless syncing is triggered automatically when the device is connected to power and on the same network as the paired computer. Or, you can manually trigger a sync from iTunes or from Settings -> General -> iTunes Sync (same network as paired computer required). Be sure your device is plugged into a power source when performing Wireless syncs. If you find issues with apps, media and/or photos synced to your device, you can reset then resync. From Settings -> General -> Reset, choose Erase all Content and Settings. Then reconnect to iTunes and sync again. In this beta, iTunes may incorrectly report Photos as ‘Other’ in the capacity bar. Photo syncing otherwise works as expected.” In addition to iOS 5 beta 2, iTunes 10.5 beta 2 and Apple TV Software beta 2 have also been released; all three are available from the iOS Dev Center.

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1

Did I read that right?  “wireless syncing is now available for the Mac.” No Windows?

Posted by jkoz73 on June 25, 2011 at 10:24 PM (PDT)

2

Yes, you read that correct. And only 10.6.8 or Lion.

Also. It breaks FaceTime. It’s been disabled in Beta 2 and will return in the next version.

Unfortunately, photo syncing does not work as expected, the Photos app no longer shows Places, and Key Photos are no longer chosen to display an Album, Event or Person. It shows the first photo in that album as the key photo instead.

Posted by Niels on June 26, 2011 at 6:05 PM (PDT)

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The important thing to keep in mind is that this is a beta, and by “beta” we’re not talking about a Gmail-style perpetual production beta, but a version that has been released exclusively for developer testing. It’s quite surprising the number of people this time around that are complaining that these betas are unstable and badly broken.  There’s a reason that Apple is only providing them to registered developers, who should theoretically know what they’re getting themselves into. 

I’m sure a lot of things are broken right now that will be addressed between now and the fall when it’s generally available to the public. For instance, the fact that Wi-Fi syncing is Mac only is probably because Apple hasn’t had time to get a beta version of iTunes for Windows ready for it just yet.

Posted by Jesse Hollington in Toronto on June 27, 2011 at 6:18 AM (PDT)

4

Ijust updated my iphone 4 to IOS 5 BETA 2 but i don’t know how to get the wireless sync to work can someone help me

Posted by THE WATCHER on June 27, 2011 at 9:29 AM (PDT)

5

iOS 5 is restricted to use by legitimate, registered iOS Developers only.

If you are a registered iOS Developer, there is plenty of information available in the iOS Developer Documentation, iOS 5 Beta Release Notes, and iOS Developer Forums.

If you are NOT a registered iOS developer, you shouldn’t be running the iOS 5 beta on your device.  Most of the non-legitimate means of getting access to the beta do not provide any access to the necessary documentation and support files that go along with it.

Posted by Jesse Hollington in Toronto on June 27, 2011 at 9:57 AM (PDT)

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