Apple released the third beta version of its new iOS 5 to developers on Monday, a sign that the tech company is readying the new software for its public launch this year. Also included in the beta release is Apple’s iTunes 10.5 beta 3.
The new beta version replaces version 2, which was released to developers on June 24. Unlike the previous version that added the Wi-Fi sync feature, the new beta contain slight tweaks and a few bug fixes.
Apple also released beta versions of its iTunes, Xcode and Apple TV software. The new beta release is said to fix a glitch, where the screen saver of the Apple TV degrades the mirroring performance over AirPlay. The new version will enable wireless mirroring when used with the new Apple TV.
Some of the changes include Location Services that can now be disabled or enabled from initial setup, communication between iMessage beta 3 and iMessage beta 1 have been disabled, and the new notification center, where push and local notifications for apps appear.
The iOS 5 beta 3 can be installed on all versions of the Apple iPad, the iPhone 3GS, the iPhone 4, the Apple TV, and the 3rd and 4th generation iPod TOuch. iTunes 10.5 beta 3 is required for developers to load the new iOS beta version.
Apple said that it will launch the iOS 5 to the public this autumn. Developers are given beta versions of Apples new software ahead of time for them to fix several bugs.