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?