While we know that an iPhone 5 release is almost upon us, it can’t happen until Apple release iOS 5, or at least they need to both come at the same time as traditionally new hardware also includes new software. Seeing iPhone 5 pre-orders starting in Germany and production apparently starting means that an iOS 5 release is extremely close.
The iOS 5 beta updates have been releasing steadily over the last few weeks, with each update improving and adding certain features wanted by developers. Beta 6 saw the ability to download music that you own through iTunes Match, which would be stored in a temporary cache. But with the release of iOS 5 beta 7 this option was removed, and now you stream songs from iCloud with the files being stored in your music library locally. The public release of iOS 5 is expected to be in October.
Some users want the iOS 5 features now and jailbreak developers are trying to keep ahead of Apple by jailbreaking the iOS 5 beta releases. This was shown in an article on App Advice that states that Redsnow has been updated to explicitly support iOS 5 beta 7. You can read that article here, which also includes iPhone Dev-Team’s instructions.
Apple has been promoting iOS 5 with a release date quoted as “this fall” and they remind current iPhone and iPad owners of what should be expected when they upgrade. You can see the full feature list here. We wonder if Apple will ever plug the cat and mouse game of an iOS releasing and then a jailbreak shortly following, even with devs jailbreaking betas before a public release, which shows the dedication involved.
If you jailbreak your iOS device, do you get tired of having to jailbreak with each iOS update?