Along with the release of iOS 5 Beta 7 moments ago, Apple has also released iTunes 10.5 Beta 7 in order to bring its jukebox software up to par with the newest release of iOS 5.
This release comes just one day after iTunes 10.5 Beta 6.1 was seeded to developers, which included support for additional features of iCloud, Apple’s online services suite that due for release in the fall, namely iTunes Match, which allows users to convert their existing songs into higher-quality sound files for a flat yearly rate.
Unlike yesterday’s release, iTunes 10.5 Beta 7 includes very few, if any, graphical changes. Instead, the only change that seems to be included in this seed is the ability for the program to sync with devices running iOS 5 Beta 7. Yet, users should keep in mind that this release will not sync with previous builds of iOS 5, therefore users are recommended to upgrade their devices, preferably over-the-air (OTA), before using iTunes 10.5 Beta 7.
Just like the just-released iOS 5 Beta 7, iTunes 10.5 Beta 7 is a must-have update to all developers currently testing iOS 5. In addition to providing important security and stability fixes, keeping pre-release software up-to-date is essential for any serious developer in order to address any last minute compatibility issues that might still persist with their software.
Much like iOS 5 Beta 7, only registered Apple developers are able to legally obtain this new release of iTunes. Sadly, developer registrations are available to anyone willing to spend $99 per year: for this flat yearly fee, subscribers get access to exclusive developer-oriented documentation and tools, as well as pre-release seeds of iOS. While aimed at developers, this subscription should be part of every iOS enthusiast’s core must have list, so make sure you get your developer subscription today from Apple’s developer site.
As you might already be aware, iOS 5 is the upcoming major release of the operating system that runs on iPhones, iPads and iPod touches. First announced at WWDC, Apple’s annual developer conference, iOS 5 includes several features iOS users and developers alike have been eager to get their hands on for years. Among those, an overhaul of the notification system known as Notification Center, enhancements to Mobile Safari such as Reader mode and Reading List and system-wide Twitter integration are some of the most prominent ones. iOS 5 is expected to be available in its final form to all users next month.