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#iOS5 Beta 2 Review

iOS5 WiFi Sync

iOS5 WiFi Sync

I’m sure you guys are pretty capable of searching for all the lovely changes in Apple’s latest iOS 5 beta on the tech blogs, however I’m thinking the slickest thing that is now live is WiFi sync. Syncing your device sans cable was at one time a $10 donation to a Cydia dev a few years ago if you jailbroke your phone or iPod touch which no doubt Apple paid attention to. True, it’s not ground breaking by any means, however just adds to the cool factor.

Otherwise, the revamped notifications of texts, missed calls, tweets, and the like as a new event is displayed as a “bubble”, which is displayed later like beta 1 in the Notification Center lock screen. If it’s a new email, tweet, or SMS alert, you just swipe the notification to go directly to the message. Nice.

Can’t really speak for battery life this time around, but I’d say not much has changed from beta 1 however I’ve noticed my iPhone 4 feels warmer than before with use. Maybe just me. What’s been really perplexing is just getting it installed to begin with. I had to uninstall iTunes 10.5 beta 1 along with other mods before installing iTunes 10.5 beta 2. Even after installing, I didn’t get all the pretty little setup stuff like when I installed beta 1 to begin with.

Only thing a little suspect now with WiFi sync and iCloud, I’ve been having issues with backing up locally. I dunno if I can trust Apple 100% with my details and personal info and NOT keep a backup on my laptop in case of something. To take a leap of faith and cut that cord, hoping that should something go awry, good ole Cupertino & crew got my back with my address book, notes, etc. all backed up and ready to download and install. Again, give me that option to keep a local backup that I can burn to CD and archive that will help me sleep better at night.

Backup fail

Backup fail

Yes, it’s in beta and it’s months away from going gold master to everyone, but it’s just a concern. I’m guessing that once iCloud launches to everyone with the release of iOS 5 final, that a local backup option will be made available, either from iTunes or iCloud’s web portal or maybe both.

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