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.


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Rene Ritchie is one of the most respected Apple analysts in the business, reaching a combined audience of over 40 million readers a month. His YouTube channel, Vector, has over 90 thousand subscribers and 14 million views and his podcasts, including Debug, have been downloaded over 20 million times. He also regularly co-hosts MacBreak Weekly for the TWiT network and co-hosted CES Live! and Talk Mobile. Based in Montreal, Rene is a former director of product marketing, web developer, and graphic designer. He's authored several books and appeared on numerous television and radio segments to discuss Apple and the technology industry. When not working, he likes to cook, grapple, and spend time with his friends and family.