Apple’s just-released iOS 5 beta 2 enables the much vaunted WiFi Sync feature we’ve all been waiting for, and is available to iOS developers now.
In order to take advantage of the new WiFi syncing, developers will also need to download and install a new beta release of iTunes, with 10.5 beta 2 having been made available by Apple alongside the iOS betas.
Once both are installed and WiFi Syncing is turned on inside iTunes, the iTunes Sync area of iOS 5’s Settings app will allow syncing to be initiated over a WiFi connection – beta 1 required a wired connection in order for a sync to begin.
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WiFi syncing is one of the many features Apple brought to iPhones, iPads and iPod touches when it announced iOS 5 at WWDC earlier this month. Plugging a hole that has been there for some time, WiFi syncing has been high on everyone’s wish lists with Apple seemingly oblivious. Now iOS 5 beta 2 has arrived, we’re finally seeing Apple ditch that iconic white syncing cord.
Released earlier today, iOS 5 comes in 9 flavors with one for each iOS platform available for download. Weighing in at around 700MB apiece. the current beta build is number 9A5248d. iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Apple TV are all covered by this update.
Developers wishing to use the new syncing feature will also need to have either installed the latest OS X Snow Leopard updated (10.6.8) or be using one of the developer previews of OS X Lion.
And we thought it was a coincidence 10.6.8 just landed!
More information on iOS 5 beta 2 as we have it!
UPDATE: iPhoneDownloadBlog has just published a new video, showing the new WiFi Sync in action: