iOS Beta 5 released Tuesday, August 6, 2013 for iPhone, iPod, iPad and iPad Mini, just over a week after the much belated iOS 7 Beta 4 . To access the direct download links and install instructions for Apple's iOS 7 Beta 5 which was just released to developers over-the-air (OTA), scroll to the bottom of the article. Otherwise, continue reading for more details.
SEE ALSO: When Will iOS 7 Beta 3 Expire? Downgrade To iOS 6.1.3, 6.1.4 on iPhone, iPad and iPod [How-To Tutorial] Though some anticipated today could be the day the iOS 7 Beta 5 would release, it's pretty certain the news has thrown a few people off their guard. However, it's quite possible Apple is just playing catch-up as the Beta 4 release was delayed due to the developer portal being compromised which led to a long, 8-day down time. The iOS 7 Beta 5 comes at a great time as Beta 3 is set to expire this week.
When Does iOS Beta 3 and 4 Expire?
So when do iOS 7 Beta 3 and 4 expire? Beta 3 expiration date is due for Wednesday, (August 8),2013, while iOS 7 Beta 4 won't expire until September 12, 2013. It is thought that Beta 5 will likely be the last before the Gold Master (GM) release and then the public release of Apple's latest OS. For those who want to check out iOS 7 Beta 4 before mooving to Beta 5, download links and install instructions can be found here To download and install iOS 7 Beta 5 via direct links, scroll to the bottom of the article for links and a simple how-to guide
About iOS 7
This quick release of iOS 7 Beta 5 was somewhat predictable as up until the last beta, each new iOS 7 beta had released 2 weeks behind the previous. However, with the shutdown of the developer portal the pattern was broken. With this latest release of iOS 7 Beta 5 however the pattern appears to be restored. So when will the iOS & Gold Master release? Our guess is somewhere in early September, 2013.
iOS 7 has been on of the biggest changes to come to iOS since its creation, revamping everything from the appearance to the way users interact with the device. The drastic reconstruction has lead to both rave reviews and heavy criticism. Still, the updated system brings numerous features Apple iOS users everywhere are excited about. The changes include a new control center, changes to the notification center, and lockscreen updates.
When iOS 7 beta 2 released, it brought even more changes including new Voice Memos, improved Siri Voice, changes to FaceTime, Reminders, Music apps and more. The battery life for the first beta was a huge complaint seems to improve somewhat in Beta 2. In addition, iPad Minis and iPad were able to test Beta 2.
For Beta 3, after many complaints about the font by developers testing the new iOS, Apple's developers changed the font so that it is now thicker across many of the apps. Earlier most of the text was using Helvetica Neue Ultra Light. Now the change incorporates Helvetica Neue Regular instead. Here's a quick list of some other changes in iOS 7 Beta 3. There was also some redesign of the music app, and the Calendar now features grey dots where events are scheduled.
In Beta 4 some notable changes included updates to the reminders which now include a search bar, notifications for when downloads complete, the ability to swipe between notification center screens, improvements to Siri suggestions and redesigned phone buttons.
What's New In iOS 7 Beta 5? Apple TV Now Supported
Though another post will soon follow with changes noted in IOS 7 Beta 5, one of the major changes is that you can now use an iOS 7 device to set up an Apple TV after restoring or resetting all settings. (iPhone 4 and iPad 2 are not supported.) In addition, here are a few changes and fixes developers on Twitter have noticed in the most recent seeded beta 5 for iOS 7:
IOS 7 BETA 5 SETTINGS pic.twitter.com/fOaKx9PMzj — Kaptan (@kaptanozgan) August 6, 2013
New in iOS 7 beta 5: "On/Off" labels on switches can be brought back http://t.co/swwjTGQtza
— Akshay Shah (@akshayshah07) August 6, 2013
No more panorama wallpaper effect in iOS 7 beta 5 — iOSJunkie (@iOSNerd45) August 6, 2013
wow #ios 7 beta 5 is the most stable yet,.. most bugs are squashed,.. it feels ready .. :-)
— Newman Digital (@NewmanDigital) August 6, 2013
Ios 7 beta 5 slight change to ios lock screen hopefully more stable than beta 4 pic.twitter.com/Ek93yCn953 — David E Brady (@davidebrady) August 6, 2013
How to Download and Install iOS 7 Beta 5 [DIRECT LINKS]
For those who already have the Beta 4 installed, download of iOS 7 Beta 5 is currently available through over-the-air (OTA) updating on iOS devices. Direct links however can be found at the iOS Dev Center. We have also provided those links below. Those with developer accounts can download and install the latest beta 5 of iOS 7 for testing starting today.
Here are the direct links for downloading and installing iOS 7 Beta 5 based on the device you are using.
In order to access these links however, you must have a registered Apple developer account. The directions for acquiring an Apple developers account are listed below.
How to Register for an Apple Developer's Account, Download iOS 7 Beta 5 on iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch
1. To get an iOS developer account, you must visit the Apple website and purchase a developer account. The cost is $99 a year for an Apple developer's account.
2. You will also need to register your developer device in the iOS Development Center to authenticate the device.
3. Before downloading the iOS 7 Beta 5, back up your files on iTunes. This is a precaution just in case the device crashes and loses your data and you have to start from scratch, you can grab the backup from iTunes.
4. Once you satisfied all of the above requirements and procedures, you can then proceed to the actual downloading and installing of iOS 7 beta.
5. WARNING: Keep in mind that when preparing to test a beta version of the iOS 7 software, you will want to use an alternate device - not your main or personal device as bugs in the beta can cause crashes or even "bricking" of the device.
6. iOS 7 beta 5 currently supports iPhone 5 (CDMA and GSM and global GSM), iPhone 4S, iPhone 4 (GSM, GMS Rev A and CDMA) and iPod Touch 5th Generation, iPad 2, 3 and 4, as well as iPad Mini.
As you update to the latest iOS 7 Beta 5 please be sure to return and share what's new or changed in the latest beta in the comments section below!
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