As you might be already aware, iOS 5 Beta 6 has just been released. In order to sync iOS 5 Beta 6 devices, however, you’ll need to install iTunes 10.5 Beta 6, which was also seeded to registered Apple developers today.
Though we haven’t yet tried this release of iTunes ourselves, it is likely to contain few improvements aside from the added syncing support and a few bug fixes in order to ready the program for public release.
In order to download this release legally, you must be a registered Apple developer. Luckily, developer registrations can be obtained by anyone with access to a web browser and a bank account, and will give you access not only to pre-release versions of iOS, including all future iOS 5 seeds (if any), it will also allow you to get your hands on exclusive developer-oriented documentation and tools. While intended at developers, all enthusiasts should have a developer subscription, which you can get from Apple’s developer website today, for $99 per year. You’ll likely soon see this iTunes release pop up on popular file sharing websites, but we urge you to stay on the safe side and download iTunes 10.5 Beta 6 legally instead: better safe than sorry.
Keep in mind that once you install this update, you won’t be able to sync any devices running earlier Beta versions of iOS 5, such as iOS 5 Beta 5, therefore make sure you update your device (over the air or otherwise) before you update iTunes. No major harm can be done either way, but in order to keep the program operational at all times, make sure you’re using the most current version of iOS 5.
iOS 5 is the new version of the operating system that runs on iPads, iPod touches and iPhones. It includes many features that have been long-awaited by users, including a new notification system, dubbed Notification Center, which queues up notifications sent by all applications; enhancements to Mobile Safari, especially the iPad version, such as a new tab layout, Reader mode and Reading List, all features from the desktop version of the browser; Newsstand, a special folder that conveniently stores all newspaper and magazine apps; and system-wide Twitter integration. Although Apple has only stated that iOS 5 will be available publicly this fall, it is widely believed that it will be available to publicly sometime next month.