Apple releases iOS 5 Beta 4 over-the-air


After nearly two weeks since the third iOS 5 beta build was released to developers, Apple has released yet another beta version of its next generation iOS operating system for its iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch devices. This time, the new beta 4 build is delivered over the air.

This is the first beta build of iOS5 to make use of the over-the-air update technology that lets users update to newer system software without having to use iTunes to make it happen. In the past, users would have to download the update and then run it as a full restore.

iOS Beta 4 now allows for Wi-Fi syncing to Windows users which pretty much means users can sync their iOS device with their iTunes library wirelessly.

Apple has said it will release iOS 5 to users as a free update this fall.

Of the new features, we get to see the long-rumored improvement to the notifications system and we also get wireless software updates. Apparently, users will be able to access their notifications from the new Notification Center, which aims to combine messages, missed calls, app updates, stock ticker, and weather in one easy place. All you have to do is swipe your finger downward from the top of the screen (Android users will laugh after reading this).

Several other new features include a Newsstand app that aims to combine all your magazines in one place. iOS 5 also has Twitter integration, so users will not have to leave their camera or gallery to upload images to twitter. the iPad will get tabbed browsing in Safari. Users will also get to use a better camera, a reminders feature, and a game center. iOS 5 will also introduce the iMessage, which is pretty much like the BlackBerry Messenger service, since it allows you to exchange unlimited text messages, photos, and videos with your friends and family.

Developers were able to get their dirty hands on iOS 5 today during the conference, while customers will receive this update this fall. Head over to Apple’s iOS page for more details and images.

Update– A full change log for Beta 4 can be seen here.