Apple releases iOS 5 beta 5 for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV, Xcode 4.2 DP 5, iTunes 10.5 beta 5

Apple has released iOS 5 beta 5 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch to developers. Like the previous update, iOS 5 is being offered over-the-air (OTA) so tap Settings on your device, go to General, and hit Software Update, and watch it do its magic.

As mentioned in the comments, Apple is officially recommending you wipe your device before updating:

To install iOS 5 beta 5 using over the air software update, you must first erase all content and settings on your device by choosing Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings. Over the air software update can be initiated on devices running iOS 5 beta 3 and later by choosing Settings > General > Software Update.

Be sure to backup your devices using iTunes 10.5 beta 4 or through iCloud backup prior to installing iOS 5 beta 5. After installing iOS 5 beta 5, you can restore your device using either iTunes 10.5 beta 5 or through your iCloud backup.

We've had a couple of successful updates without wiping, however. Apple may just want to have devices returned to a known state prior to update as a best practice. Ignore it at your own risk.

No word on changes yet. More as this develops.

[developer.apple.com]

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Apple releases iOS 5 beta 5 for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV, Xcode 4.2 DP 5, iTunes 10.5 beta 5

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"To install iOS 5 beta 5 using over the air software update, you must first erase all content and settings on your device by choosing Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings." This. From the release notes.

I backed mine up to iTunes and then reset mine. Then I went back into the OTA screen and it said that there was an update available. So reseting it AFTER backing up worked for me.

lol not too important but funny nonetheless, I cant backup via iCloud and iTunes just never finishes... No backup for me

This is a beta, so no, it doesn't defeat the purpose of OTA updating. And this is most likely to get rid of non-legit beta users.

RESET ALL SETTINGS, not reboot.
All of you mentioning about OTA...you are obviously not devs (or just TOO DAMN LAZY to check the dev site), as it states in very obvious writing, that you must reset your device before doing an OTA.
This is most likely to kill all of the non-devs from OTA updating their device. This is good to see, and I hope that they kill beta 3 soon, so all of you have to revert to 4.x.

I'll continue to play around with 5.x betas and I'll never need to go back to 4.x, whatever Apple does. Thank you very much. But never give up hope!

No, just don't want to waste the time downloading multiple versions. From your anger it sounds like the app developing is not really working out huh? Otherwise why the anger? People not buying your app?

Please............ Some of the moderators on this site are using iOS5. I don't think they are all developers, if any at all. So give it a rest..........

Yeah, just do the erase everything, then it will pop up. First of all you gotta backup your iPhone to iTunes, then get iOS 5 beta 5 when you did the erase, then download iTunes 10.5 beta 5. Then you need to restore from backup so you get your files.

What a useless article that says absolutely nothing. Thanks for that very important update that doesnt say anything.

I'm on Telcel (Mexico) and the update showed up out of the blue as a push notification. It updated just fine w/o erasing data.

I just paiid $ 22.89 for an iP a d 2-64GB and my girlfriend loves her Panasonic Lumix GF 1 Camera that we got for $ 38.76 there arriving tomorrow by UPS. I will never pay such expensive retail prices in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 40 inch LED TV to my boss for $ 657 which only cost me $ 62.81 to buy. Here is the website we use to get it all from, http://bit.ly/o27A7L

The OTA update worked fine for me, but none of my apps are downloading from my iCloud backup....its been 3 hours!

Just backup to iTunes then reset, ( it will erase but don't worry ) erase all contents and settings, then do the OTA, then get iTunes 10.5 Beta 5. Restore from backup and all your files go back. :)

so any iphone 4 user can do these steps and get ios 5 even tho apple site said its not been relased til fall?