Apple releases iOS 5 beta 3 for iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, Apple TV to developers

Apple releases iOS 5 beta 3 for iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, Apple TV

Apple has just released iOS 5 beta 3 (9A5259f) for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Apple TV, along with iTunes 10.5 beta 3 for Mac, and Xcode 4.3 Preview 3 for developers.

While in previous years Apple had stuck fairly closely to an every-second-Tuesday beta release schedule, iOS 5 beta 2 hit on a Friday just over two weeks after beta 1, and now beta 3 is on a Monday just under 2 weeks after beta 2. On average, the pacing remains similar, however, and Apple has previously said the release version would come this fall. (Likely September/October to coincide with iPhone 5 and perhaps other new devices.)

Interestingly, they're once again doing a traditional, tethered release. No signs of them testing the bit-differential/delta file update system yet.

If you're a paid, registered developer with Apple, go get it. What if any changes have been made in iOS 5... we'll have to wait and see. As always, we have comments below and a special iOS 5 Forum for your discussion pleasure.

(Reminder: if you're not a paid developer, stay away. Buying slots can get you scammed, and running beta software on your main device can leave you stranded. Wait for fall.)


Rene Ritchie

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There are 16 comments. Add yours.

Chirayu Patel says:

Finally! let's hope this one is usable.

Clayton Manzer says:

They've all been extremely usable...just a few minor kinks. If you can't understand or live with that, you should maybe rethink having a dev account

Chirayu Patel says:

Thanks for your smart comment but I have 3 iphone 4's and run 4.3.3 on my daily use device, so I was just saying it from a personal point of view when I said "usable" so I can run iOS5 as regular phone. I appreciate your concern but I know what I am doing with my dev account.

Matt309 says:

It is completely usable on your everyday phone. I've had iOS 5 on my (only) iPhone 4 for awhile now and I've had absolutely no problems.

eman5oh says:

I tried both beta's on my ipad and reverted back, due to pdf's not displaying more than 2 pages and frequent browser crashes.

Jonathan Charles says:

Didn't download beta 2. Hopefully Safari is a lot better in this.

ChesterCopperpot says:

How many betas does Apple normally release before the real deal?

Kyle says:

It's been different for every version, but I think 3.0 had 4 or 5 betas.
I believe 4.0 only had 2 or 3.
That's not including the Gold Master (GM) seeds

Chris says:

Yes you can play with it while it syncs in Windows too

Guacho says:

Beta 2 was released 17 days ago Rene... over two weeks..

MILE says:

Have they removed wireless syncing with this new beta of iOS 5 or iTunes, respectively…?! It used to work fine with beta 2 but now the devices are not being recognized by iTunes, even though WiFI sync is enabled…

Filyunit says:

I didnt actually buy slots but i am friends with some one who i actually give feedback to in his apps. So for the mean time ill know am good to go.

MikeB43 says:

Thanks for all the info on ios5. Interesting reading on the new stuff coming this fall. In the mean time I'll stay with what I got, don't want to make the Angry Birds and more mad than they are.