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iOS 5 Beta 4 and iTunes 10.5 Beta 4 Released

Apple has, quite surprisingly, released iOS 5 beta 4 in such a short period of time. The last update, iOS 5 beta 3, was only issued about a week back, maybe more and there’s already a new one. Apple, earlier today, seeded a new beta of iOS 5 to the developers, which brings the much awaited over-the-air software updates to iOS.

The last update was released to the developers on July 11, but this new update doesn’t bring much new things to the table. However, it does bring something quite important and useful for all iOS users. Remember, Over the Air Software Updates, the easier way to update your firmware without the need to download those 700-800mb ipsw files. As of now, that’s about the only new thing with this update, which isn’t heavy at all. To update your iOS 5 beta to beta 4 all you need to do is go to Settings>General>Software Update. If you can’t see the update then you could also download it from the developers site. You can also download iOS 5 beta 4 with the Direct Links provided at the end. This is how the OTA updates look like:

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To support the OTA update, Apple has also released an update for iTunes 10.5 beta. The beta 4 is required to perform the over the air update, without which you’ll have to resort to your developers account or the direct download links. The amazing thing about the OTA update is it’s size. It only weighs 133 mb, whereas the regular .ipsw file is around 800 Mb.

Visit this page for Direct Download links of iOS 5 beta 4 and iTunes 10.5 beta 4.

New in iOS 5 Beta 3: Assistive Touch & AirPlay Mirroring for FaceTime

This is something customary, every time a new version of iOS is out, it is our duty to keep you well informed of the most promising and interesting new features they bring along. The latest release of iOS 5 adds two new major features, Assistive Touch and the ability to mirror FaceTime calls through AirPlay.

Apple released iOS 5 beta 3 few days ago and everyone started to spend time on it and set on to discover new features. Not many new features were discovered, but there were some minor bug fixes and some bug upheavals. All that aside, let’s discuss the two new and very interesting features.

Assistive Touch

A very cool feature that lets you accomplish tasks such as going back to the Homescreen, increase or decrease volume, mute or unmute, change screen orientations  and many other custom gestures. This feature is currently only available in beta 3 and can be activated by going to Settings>General>Accessibility>AssistiveTouch. This function was also there in the previous releases of iOS 5, but did not function. In the latest release it actually does a lot and makes using an iPhone even more easier.

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As you can see in the image above, the Menu is launched using a gesture that you can create and lets you use all the basic and even not-so-basic tasks right from the touchscreen. Creating custom gestures is also super easy and assigning them as well. If you’re running on the latest beta of iOS 5, then you should try this feature now.

AirPlay FaceTime Mirroring

FaceTime calls can be mirrored on an iPad 2 using AirPlay, but this feature was never available for the iPhone 4. Now, it’s also possible to mirror FaceTime calls on a big screen and let more users enjoy that Family call. Normally this would require lot of cables and that is not something people enjoy, hence wireless FaceTime calls on a big screen is pretty awesome, don’t you think?

AirPlay FaceTime Mirroring

However, the quality might be compromised if you have a poor internet connection, since you’d be mirroring on a huge display. But, wireless is better!

Do try out these new features and let us know if you think they’re useful.

iOS 5 Beta 2: Wi-Fi Sync, OTA Updates and Wireless Recovery Mode

Apple released iOS 5 beta 2 yesterday and since then lot of things have been proved, such as it still can be jailbroken and that the Gevey SIM mole has been dealt with. There are also few new features in the new beta, but it’s best we wait until proper testing is done and then know what all the new features are. For now let’s just discuss the main three. The latest update of iOS 5 beta 2 brings along the much awaited Wi-Fi sync, OTA updates and the wireless recovery mode, hence making transfer of files, software updates and entering DFU mode much easier.

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Seems like Apple is slowly adding new features with new beta releases and not all the 200 at once. There are few other features that we have already discussed, some minor ones and there will be more to come.

 

 

Wireless Syncing

Wi-Fi-Sync

We’ve all been waiting for this, the ability to sync our iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad without the need of any cables. Just connect to your Wi-Fi network and select Wi-Fi sync in iTunes and you’re ready to bounce. However, at the moment this only works for Mac users and you’ll need to be running on Mac OS X 10.6.8 or Lion developer versions and iTunes 10.5 beta 2 to try this. You can sync all your data including music, videos and applications, even from your iCloud account.

Over the Air Updates

OTA Updates

As promised, iOS 5 will see over the air updates for all new software updates and patches. 9to5 Mac also noticed that OTA updates may also work over a 3G connection, but apparently it’s not happening with the beta 2 build.

Wireless syncing is triggered automatically when the device is connected to power and on the same network as the paired computer. Or, you can manually trigger a sync from iTunes or from Settings -> General -> iTunes Sync (same network as paired computer required). Be sure your device is plugged into a power source when performing Wireless syncs.

Wireless Recovery  Mode

Wireless Recovery Mode

With the latest beta of iOS 5, you can also enter right into Recovery mode without having to go through all the trouble of playing mind games with your fingers. It’s way simpler. Again, 9to5 Mac reported that they achieved this by using Recboot for Mac.

Do let us know if you’ve had any success or have tried iOS 5 beta 2 on your Apple device.

How to Downgrade iOS 5 Beta to iOS 4.3.3 on iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad

This tutorial will help you downgrade your iOS device back from iOS 5 beta to iOS 4.3.3 or older. There might be several reasons for downgrading. Be it a bricked iOS device stuck at Apple logo or maybe you want to downgrade back because of the bugs in iOS 5 and lack of an untethered jailbreak. No matter what the reason be you will be able to go back to iOS 4.

We hope you have your SHSH blobs saved using TinyUmbrella but even if you haven’t you can still go back to iOS 4.3.3 at least since Apple is still signing that firmware and will continue to do so until iOS 5 is out of beta and released officially.

If you want to downgrade to a firmware older than iOS 4.3.3 like 4.3.2 or 4.3.1 then you need to have saved SHSH blobs previously. The procedure is same as what’s mentioned below except that you need to first launch TinyUmbrella and click on start TSS Server before following this tutorial.

Tools required to Downgrade iOS 5 beta to iOS 4.3.3:

You just need iTunes 10.3 or iTunes 10.5 beta installed on your computer and also the iOS 4.3.3 firmware file using the links below:

How to Downgrade iOS 5.0b1 to iOS 4.3.3:

Connect your iPhone to the Mac and then place it in DFU mode. It’s pretty simple actually. Just press and hold the home and power button till the iPhone turns off and leave power button just before the apple logo is about to reappears. The iPhone screen will remain black but iTunes will detect it. In case you are facing difficulties use our guide to put iPhone into DFU mode.

iTunes will alert you that an iPhone is detected in recovery mode.

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Now press alt/option on your Mac’s keyboard (Shift key for windows users) and then click on Restore. iTunes will ask you to browse for the firmware file. Point it to the file we downloaded a few steps earlier.

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iTunes will ask for a confirmation to erase and restore your iOS device to iOS 4.3.3. Click on Restore to proceed.

In around five to ten minutes the restore process will be done and your iPhone will restart.

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Please note that the result may not be the same for you. The iPhone used in this tutorial had a rebel sim and therefore did not get any error. If you get any iTunes error like 1013, 1015, 1604, 3002 etc. don’t panic. The firmware has been downgraded from iOS 5 beta already.

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Now you just need to bring your iOS device out of recovery. Use RecBoot or TinyUmbrella to exit recovery. Exit iTunes and launch TinyUmbrella and then click on Exit Recovery.