Apple releases iOS 6.1 beta 5 for iPhone and iPad

Apple releases iOS 6.1 beta 5 for iPhone and iPad

Apple has released iOS 6.1 beta 5 for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. This comes just a day before beta 4 was set to expire, and represents one of the longest gaps between beta releases in iOS' history. Furthermore, beta 5 still hasn't shown up over-the-air (OTA), so rather than the faster, more convenient delta-update-in-place, if you want beta 5 now, now, now, you'll have to download it from and do a complete update via iTunes or Xcode.

As always, this beta is intended for registered developers so they can try out new application program interfaces (API) and make sure their apps are compatible before iOS 6.1 goes into general availability (GA), presumably sometime in the next couple of months.

(If anyone gets the OTA, let us know. It's spoiled us and made us lazy!)

Update: There's still no OTA, and this build has characteristics common to a gold master (GM) seed, including no expiration date. So whether this was a GM that Apple show stoppered for some reason and had to release simply to avoid the previous beta from expiring, or its something more, we'll have to wait and see.

Either way, if you want it, you'll have to get it via iTunes or Xcode.


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Apple releases iOS 6.1 beta 5 for iPhone and iPad


Apple was most likely delaying this release to try to find the jailbreak exploit, and time ran out.
So, they release another Bata Release to buy more time to find their loophole.
Sad that Apple insists on keeping its from jailbreakng our own devices!
Hopefully, it won't take too long to release the jailbreak, getting tied of using stock & playing by Apple's rules.

I find it funny that you people still don't understand that although the device on which the software/firmware runs may be yours lock stock and barrel, the code is NOT, likely never has been and likely never will be.
Somewhere in the documentation with the phone, on the phone or online I'll wager it states as much, and probably also says that by using it you agree not to tamper.
Apple are well within their rights to protect it and to make it as hard as possible to break.

If you find it difficult to break you should grin and bear it or code harder if that's yourangle but your attitude should not be to call the owner sad, it is you that is sad.

That's like saying if you bought a car, the car is yours, but that engine is not yours. We have a right to modify that engine or exhaust however we want and then resell the car or keep it for our own use. The courts in America have ruled, i can find the case numbers and years if you care that much, that once a company or individual sells something, you can tweak it and sell it for as much as you want, to whomever you want.

Listen. You can look at it however you choose, but let's deal with facts;
"That software is licensed by you, NOT owned. By definition license means yu can do certain things within certain limits. Same as buying a CD, the disc is yours the music on it is not."

If you really believe the last part of your comment you are either a fool or misguided. Before you come back with any other ludicrous parallel have a look at the part in quotes. Then look at it again.

Tell you what release a movie and don't ask the license holders of the music for permission to use their score. See how far your line of thinking gets you.

Yeah, getting a strong feeling the upcoming Jailbreak had something to do with releasing another potentially useless beta. I'm pretty sure they'll have this beta until it expires and if they can't find the exploits, they'll release yet another Beta after the current one expires. If the Jailbreak team see that Apple has actually patched the exploits in 6.1, I hope they can still release it for 6.0