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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.

iOS 5

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


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.