Apple iOS 5.0 Beta 2 New Features: OTA Update Framework

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Late last week, Apple released the latest version of its iOS 5 beta to developers, bringing with it a couple of new features.

One feature we’ve talked about before, and briefly touched on when covering the iOS 5 beta 2 release, is the introduction of iTunes syncing over WiFi instead of USB. This was one of many of the new iOS 5 features Apple revealed that was met with accusations of being a rip-off, though this time not just from other smartphone operating systems, but a rip-off of an app that was denied entrance into the App Store. Any controversy aside, the function is now enabled in iOS 5 beta 2 for Mac computers. In order to sync wirelessly, you’ll need to connect your iPhone to your Mac the old way, over USB, before you’re given the option to enable WiFi sync. Then sync should be automatic when your phone is charging, so long as it’s on the same network as your Mac.

We recently looked at some text strings in iOS 5 that suggested future device updates could be sent over 3G. Sure enough, some of that functionality appears to be in place with this beta. Apparently, you’re able to query Apple’s servers to check for updates over 3G, even though there’s none to be retrieved at the moment. It’s a start, right?

Source: ZDNet

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Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bitsRead more about Stephen Schenck!