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iOS 5 Beta 6 Gets Released to Developers with Loads of Fixes

‘Tis true fellow Appleheads–iOS 5 Beta 6 has been passed out to developers, featuring several OS bug fixes and enhancements. Developers receive a coveted over-the-air update from iOS 5 Beta 3 or later to their iPhones, iPads, or iPods while Apple did not push for a device wipe prior to installation for this update. Apple also unleashed new builds of iTunes (10.5 beta 6) and Xcode (4.2 preview 3), and we’ve got the highlights of the change log below, courtesy of the folks at BGR. From the looks of things, it would seem that iCloud is causing all sorts of issues.

Accounts

  • When creating an iCloud account, you can use any Apple ID as long as it is a full email address and not a MobileMe account. If you have a MobileMe account, you can move that account to iCloud. You can find more information on iCloud at: http://developer.apple.com/icloud
  • FIXED: When setting up an iCloud or MobileMe account using the setup assistant and leaving Find My iPhone on, it might actually turn Find my iPhone off after the setup. Please verify in Settings/Mail, Contacts, Calendar/YourAccount that Find my iPhone is toggled On after leaving the setup assistant.
  • FIXED: Enabling iCloud services in Setup Assistant may not always be saved correctly. After completing Setup Assistant you should visit Settings > iCloud to verify the state of the iCloud account. If you have multiple iCloud or MobileMe accounts configured on the device you should also visit each of those accounts in Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendar to verify each account.
  • FIXED: It is recommended that you disable Bookmarks on multiple accounts. If they are enabled, the results might be undefined.

Calendar

  • Birthday calendars are not currently available via the icloud.com website or in Windows. They will be available in a future release.
  • FIXED: The default calendar is still the On My iPhone calendar despite setting up an iCloud account during Setup Assistant. As a workaround, reset the default Calendar after finishing Setup Assistant in Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendar > Default Calendar.
  • FIXED: Pushing iCloud Calendar data is not working in iOS. To sync your iCloud Calendar, launch the Calendar app or refresh the calendars manually using the Calendars button in the top left corner.

GameKit

  • Match data for turn based matches is currently limited to 4 KB of data.
  • NEW: Events will be passed to the delegate whenever a turn is made on a match, instead of just when it becomes the local player’s turn.
  • FIXED: When logging in to Game Center, the password may clear and login may not complete. Trying a second time will succeed.
  • FIXED: In this beta, GameKit Invites may fail. As a workaround, try restarting the device.

iBooks

  • iBooks 1.2.2 may fail to display some text or images in books. Please update to iBooks 1.3 in the App Store.

iCloud Backup

  • As this is beta software, it is recommended that you do not use the iCloud services to store any critical data or information. If you enable iCloud Backup, automatic backup with iTunes when syncing will be disabled. We also suggest that you manually back up your device with iTunes. Backups made with earlier versions of iOS 5 beta will soon become incompatible, and will no longer be available. It is strongly advised you upgrade to this version of the iOS 5 beta in order to continue backing up your devices. If you encounter errors restoring from a backup, or enabling a backup more than one hour after signing into iCloud, try deleting your iCloud account from Settings and adding it back. If errors persist, please try erasing your device and initiating the restore again.

iPod

  • FIXED: When using the volume buttons on the device, or on headphones, the volume slider in the UI of applications may not update even though the volume level has changed.

iTunes

  • The version of iTunes that comes with beta 5 cannot sync devices that have the beta 4 software installed. To avoid this problem, do the following:
    1. Sync any devices that have beta 4 installed to the version of iTunes that came with beta 4.
    2. Upgrade iTunes to the version that comes with beta 5.
    3. Connect the device and install the beta 5 software. (Understand that you might see a failure to sync error when you first connect the device.)
    4. After installing the beta 5 software, restore from your the backup you made in step 1.
  • Videos purchased from the iTunes Store do not play on a 2nd generation AppleTV over AirPlay with iTunes 10.5.

Mail

  • When changing the host name of an email account in settings, blank messages may be seen in the unified inbox. As a workaround, delete and re-add the account instead of changing its host name.

Photos

  • FIXED: When restoring photo libraries from an iTunes backup, some photos may not appear in the Photos application after restore. Please back up your photos before updating to iOS Beta 5.

Reminders

  • NEW: If reminders syncing is enabled for a Yahoo account and there is no reminders collection on the server, it will continually get recreated by the phone. Due to a Yahoo server bug, that collection will show up as an event calendar.

Safari and WebKit

  • In iOS 5, a new inherited CSS property, -webkit-overflow-scrolling, is available. The value touch allows the web developer to opt in to native-style scrolling in an overflow:scrollelement. The default value for this property is auto, which allows single-finger scrolling without momentum.
  • FIXED: In beta 5, accessing sites that use client side SSL certificates does not work and may cause the application to crash.
  • The WebKit framework has picked up a newer WebKit engine, which closely matches Safari 5.1. Some areas to be aware of with the new WebKit framework on iOS:
    • There is a new HTML5-compliant parser.
    • Text layout width may change slightly because word-rounding behavior now has floating-point-based precision.
    • There is improved validation of the <input> form field, which includes removing leading zeros and number formatting.
    • Touch events are now supported on input fields.
    • window.onerror is now supported.
    • There is a new user agent that does not have locale information in the User Agent string.
    • FIXED: URLs are now canonicalized by making the scheme all lowercase. If a fake URL is used to pass information from a UIWebView back to native code, make sure that the scheme is always lowercase, or that the native code compares the scheme in a case-insensitive manner.

Considering the number of fixes going at the moment, it’s looking like iOS 5 is really starting to shape up for its expected debut this fall.

Are you getting excited for iOS 5 yet?


Mike Perlman

Mike Perlman grew up in Nintendo Land and developed a relationship with all things electronic and nerdy early on in his childhood career. Today,...

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