Apple seeds iOS 5 Beta 5 build 9A5288d to developers; Beta 6 expected for August 17

Apple has seeded the fifth beta of iOS 5 with build 9A5288d to developers  as well as a new delta update available OTA which weighs in at 128mb. Apple says that to do the OTA update, you’ll need to do a hard reset of your device:

To install iOS 5 beta 5 using over the air software update, you must first erase all content and settings on your device by choosing Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings. Over the air software update can be initiated on devices running iOS 5 beta 3 and later by choosing Settings > General > Software Update.

…but we are hearing from many tipsters that it is completely optional.

Anyway, apart from iOS 5, iTunes and Xcode also received some love from Apple.

OS X 10.7.1? Apple jumps to OS X 10.7.2, seeds build 11C26 to Developers

In a strange and confusing move, Cupertino giant, Apple has skipped OS X 10.7.1 to directly seed OS X 10.7.2 build 11C26 to developers, which isn’t available as a direct update and needs a special URL to step into. With everyone speculating this interesting behavior from Apple, the company quickly pulled down the developers page, probably pointing to something even more interesting (The dev site is still down).

Was it a mistake from Apple? Will there be no 10.7.1? Will we see iCloud taking center-stage? Lots of questions…

Fresh from Cupertino: iOS 5 beta 4, iTunes 10.5 beta 4, Xcode 4.2 Developer Preview 4

Apple has seeded iOS 5 beta 4 to developers along with iTunes 10.5 beta 4 and Xcode 4.2 Developer Preview 4. iOS 5 brings over 200 new features to your iDevice, including Notification Center, Newsstand, iMessage, and other interface tweaks all around. The fourth beta comes just 10 days after the third beta of iOS 5 was seeded. iOS 5 beta 2 was a further 2 weeks adrift. To use this beta, you are required to sync it with iTunes 10.5.

The new iOS update is available OTA (Over The Air), though it works only for iOS 5 beta 3 users. Apple also warns that doing an OTA update will delete your photos and will require a physical re-sync:

NEW: If you are doing a OTA software update from beta 3 to beta 4, you will need to re-sync your photos with iTunes.

Related

iOS 5 Jailbroken

iOS 5 to launch September 7 (with iPhone 5)

Fake iOS 5

How To: Set up Wireless Syncing on iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch

Release notes follow (click on ‘SHOW’)

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Notes and Known Issues

The following issues relate to using the 5.0 SDK to develop code.

Accounts

  • When creating an iCloud account you can use any Apple ID provided it is a full email address and not a MobileMe account. If you have a MobileMe account, you can copy data from that account to an iCloud account to use during testing. You can find more information on iCloud at: http://developer.apple.com/icloud
  • When setting up an iCloud or MobileMe account using the setup assistant and leaving Find My iPhone on, it might actually turn Find my iPhone off after the setup. Please verify in Settings/Mail, Contacts, Calendar/YourAccount that Find my iPhone is toggled On after leaving the setup assistant.
  • It is recommended that you disable Bookmarks on multiple accounts. If they are enabled, the results might be undefined.
  • FIXED: In this beta the option of “Choosing a security question” is not working during an iCloud account setup.

AirPlay

  • Starting in iOS 5, video content in applications and websites are AirPlay-enabled by default.
  • iOS 5 supports AirPlay of video via AV Foundation.
  • Switching into AirPay Video while using mirroring will leave the screen black but the video is still playing.

Apple TV

  • Apple TV Software beta enables users to mirror the contents of an iPad 2 to an Apple TV (2nd generation) using AirPlay. This beta software also enables Photo Stream on Apple TV so users can access photos stored in iCloud. Apple TV Software beta is being provided to test the latest AirPlay functionality with your iOS 5 apps and web sites. If you wish to install Apple TV Software beta on your device, you must first register your device UDID in the iOS Developer Program Portal.
  • There is no new build for AppleTV for beta 4. Please continue using the build provided with beta 3.

Audio

Calendar

  • All MobileMe calendars were duplicated after turning calendar syncing off and back on.
  • FIXED: Restoring from a Seed 1 backup or earlier will cause MobileMe/iCloud calendars not to sync. Subscribed calendars will show up in Calendars but none of your event calendars will appear in MobileCal. To workaround the problem please remove and re-add the account.
  • If SnowLeopard isn’t syncing your calendars on iOS device and you created a calendar or reminders list using a previous iOS 5.0 seed, change the name of that calendar or list on the iOS device and then let it sync.
  • In this beta Birthday calendar is temporarily disabled for Web apps and Windows and will be available in a future release.

Contacts

  • NEW:In MobileMe local contacts are deleted instead of be being merged.
  • In this beta Import/Export vCard is disabled from Action menu and will be available in future release.

GameKit

  • Match data for turn based matches is currently limited to 4 KB of data.
  • When both Wifi and 3G are disabled (i.e. in Airplane mode) sometimes GameKit can cause the connection in a local Bluetooth match to fail.

iBooks

  • iBooks 1.2.2 may fail to display some text or images in books. Please update to iBooks 1.3 in the App Store.

iCloud Backup

  • As this is beta software, it is recommended that you do not use the iCloud services to store any critical data or information. If you enable iCloud Backup, automatic backup with iTunes when syncing will be disabled. We suggest you also manually back up your device with iTunes. It is strongly advised you upgrade to this version of the iOS 5 beta in order to continue backing up your devices and preserve previous backups.

iCloud Storage

  • During the iOS 5 beta period, any documents stored on the servers might be purged periodically before GM. Therefore, it is highly recommended that you do not store any critical documents or information on the servers.
  • If your application is using the NSMetadataQuery class, you must set a predicate, even though the predicate itself is ignored.
  • The Foundation framework doesn’t include the team ID when looking for an app’s mobile documents container. The Team ID must be included at the beginning of the identifier string passed to the URLForUbiquityContainerIdentifier: method.
  • In this beta, the setSortDescriptors: method of NSMetadataQuery is not supported.
  • In this beta, if you want to use iCloud, you have to manually specify various container identifiers (your application’s Display set) within an Entitlements file for both of your Mac OS X and iOS projects.
  • There are issues using the Cloud Storage document API in conjunction with protected data which can lead to data corruption.
  • In this beta, document-based applications cannot always detect when files change, move, or are deleted out from underneath them.
  • NEW: In this beta, file presenters (objects that adopt the NSFilePresenter protocol) do not receive some of the messages that they’re supposed to receive, especially:

    You can workaround this by implementing the relinquishPresentedItemToWriter: method and checking to see if the writer actually wrote when your file presenter reacquires. You can also use FSEvents to observe file system changes

  • In this beta, messages about changes to files in a directory are not getting delivered to objects that adopt the NSFilePresenter protocol.
  • While reporting a bug related to the iCloud storage interfaces, please include the logs collected during your debugging session. To generate these logs, you must install a special debug profile on your device.The debug profile can be obtained from http://connect.apple.com. This profile enables the generation of debug logs that are needed to diagnose any problems using iCloud storage. The instructions to collect the logs are:
    1. Install the profile. (The easiest way to do this is to mail it to yourself and open the attachment on their device.)
    2. Reproduce the bug.
    3. Sync with iTunes to pull the logs off your device.
    4. Attach the logs to your bug report. You can find the logs in ~/Library/Logs/CrashReporter/MobileDevice/DeviceName/DiagnosticLogs.

    These logs can grow large very quickly, so you should remove the profile after you have reproduced the problem and pulled the logs for the bug report.

  • NEW: File names in iCloud Storage are case sensitive.

iMessage

  • NEW: iMessage beta 1 will be unable to communicate with iMessage users on beta 2 or later.

iTunes

  • The version of iTunes that comes with beta 4 cannot sync devices that have the beta 2 software installed. To avoid this problem, do the following:
    1. Sync any devices that have beta 3 installed to the version of iTunes that came with beta 4.
    2. Upgrade iTunes to the version that comes with beta 4.
    3. Connect the device and install the beta 4 software. (Understand that you might see a failure to sync error when you first connect the device.)
    4. After installing the beta 4 software, restore from your the backup you made in step 1.
  • Videos purchased from the iTunes Store do not play on a 2nd generation AppleTV over AirPlay with iTunes 10.5.

Location

  • NEW:The startMonitoringSignificantLocationChanges method of CLLocationManager does not cause applications to be resumed or launched in the background for significant location change updates. However, if a backup from a previous software version (where an application was monitoring significant location changes) is restored to the device, significant location change monitoring will continue to cause that application to be resumed or launched in the background.

Mail

  • NEW:Forwarding a message with attachments included does not attach the file and the message compose screen does not change from “Loading….”

Music Library

  • NEW:Some songs are missing their album artwork after changing the device library via syncing.

OpenGL

  • NEW: In iOS 5.0 beta 4, several OpenGL extensions have been moved from the APPLE namespace to the EXT namespace, causing some API to be renamed. The altered extensions are EXT_color_buffer_half_floatEXT_occlusion_query_booleanEXT_separate_shader_objectsEXT_shadow_samplersEXT_texture_rgEXT_debug_label, andEXT_debug_marker.

OTA Software Update

  • NEW: If you are doing a OTA software update from beta 3 to beta 4, you will need to re-sync your photos with iTunes.”

Personal HotSpot

  • NEW:In this beta iPhone 4 device cannot join personal hotspot even if it is on due to a non functional WiFi tethering on these devices.

Photo Adjustments

  • If you apply red-eye adjustments in iOS, and import your image into the iPhoto seed build, the red-eye adjustments will not appear on that image in iPhoto. As a result, subsequent syncing of your image back to the iOS device from iPhoto will not show the red-eye adjustments.

Settings

  • FIXED: In this beta FaceTime icon is missing in Settings on the iPhones.

Simulator

  • NEW: Location services are not functional in iOS 4.3 simulator running on Mac OS 10.7 with Xcode 4.2.

Springboard

  • Push and local notifications for apps appear in the new Notification Center in iOS 5. Notification Center displays notifications that are considered “unread.” In order to accommodate push and local notifications that have no “unread” status, developers can use their application badge count to trigger a clearing of notifications from Notification Center. When an application clears its badge count (by setting it to zero), iOS 5 will clear its notifications from Notification Center.
  • NEW: iOS 5.0 terminates VoIP applications that are resumed in the background for incoming network traffic with extreme frequency. Developers are encouraged to make sure all incoming data is read from VoIP sockets to avoid this condition.

Twitter

  • NEW: When tweeting your location from Safari and exiting before the location can be established, the location arrow will stay in the status bar. The arrow can be removed by killing Safari from the task switcher.

UI Automation

  • NEW: Instruments overwrites the loaded automation script, even if another program is editing it.
  • The play and record buttons in the Automation instrument script editor may not work properly after targeting an application that was launched by a trace session and has ended. They may also not work if you target an application that was suspended. If you run into this problem and it persists, you may need to close and reopen the trace document to get back into a functional state.
  • When capturing actions into a script using the Automation instrument, interfaces with web views or table cells that contain a high number of off screen elements may take an extremely long time before returning with an expression.
  • The lock() and unlock() functions of UIATarget have been replaced with the lockForDuration(<seconds>) function.
  • FIXED:Instruments overwrites the loaded automation script, even if another program is editing it.
  • Starting in iOS 5 beta 2, you can now trigger the execution of an UI Automation script on an iOS device from the host terminal by using the instruments tool. The command is:
    • instruments -w <device id> -t <template> <application>
  • When using the cli instruments for UI Automation you can now target the default Automation Template and pass the script and results path into the tool as environment variable options. For example:
    • instruments -w <device id> -t /Developer/Platforms/iPhoneOS.platform/Developer/Library/Instruments/PlugIns/AutomationInstrument.bundle/Contents/Resources/Automation.tracetemplate <application> -e UIASCRIPT <script> -e UIARESULTSPATH <results path>

UIKit

  • Starting in iOS 5 beta 3, the exclusiveTouch property of UIControl has returned to its original default value of NO.
  • Returning nil from the tableView:viewForHeaderInSection: method (or its footer equivalent) is no longer sufficient to hide a header. You must overridetableView:heightForHeaderInSection: and return 0.0 to hide a header.
  • In the iOS 5 beta, the UITableView class has two methods to move one cell from one row to another with defined parameters. These APIs are:
  • Using the UIWebView class in Interface Builder, setting transparent background color is possible in iOS 5. Developers compiling against the new SDK can check their XIB for the UIWebView transparent setting.
  • In the iOS 5 beta, the UINavigationBarUIToolbar, and UITabBar implementations have changed so that the drawRect: method is not called on instances of these classes unless it is implemented in a subclass. Apps that have re-implemented drawRect: in a category on any of these classes will find that the drawRect: method isn’t called. UIKit does link-checking to keep the method from being called in apps linked before iOS 5 but does not support this design on iOS 5 or later. Apps can either:
    • Use the customization API for bars that in iOS 5 and later, which is the preferred way.
    • Subclass UINavigationBar (or the other bar classes) and override drawRect: in the subclass.
  • The indexPathForRow:inSection:section, and row methods of NSIndexPath now use NSInteger instead of NSUInteger, so that these types match with methods defined on UITableView.
  • Touch events are not getting forwarded to the view in the cameraOverlayView property of UIImagePickerController.
  • FIXED:When creating a new appointment in calendar app on a device using 24 hr clock, you cannot select an hour value greater than 12. The date-time picker value sets current weekday to be the same as previous day (e.g: a An appointment on Tuesday will be set as Monday).
  • We have changed the behavior of scrollToRowAtIndexPath:atScrollPosition:animated: such that UITableViewScrollPositionTop andUITableViewScrollPositionBottom now adjust for the top and bottom portions of the contentInset property.

WebKit

  • In iOS 5, a new inherited CSS property, -webkit-overflow-scrolling, is available. The value touch allows the web developer to opt in to native-style scrolling in anoverflow:scroll element. The default value for this property is auto, which allows single-finger scrolling without momentum.
  • The WebKit framework has picked up a newer WebKit engine, which closely matches Safari 5.1. Some areas to be aware of with the new WebKit framework on iOS:
    • There is a new HTML5-compliant parser.
    • Text layout width may change slightly because word-rounding behavior now has floating-point-based precision.
    • There is improved validation of the <input type=number> form field, which includes removing leading zeros and number formatting.
    • Touch events are now supported on input fields.
    • window.onerror is now supported.
    • There is a new user agent that does not have locale information in the User Agent string.

WiFi Syncing

  • In iOS 5 beta 4, wireless syncing is now available on Windows as well as the Mac (requires OS X 10.6.8 or Lion)You will see an option to enable wireless syncing when you connect your device to iTunes with the USB cable. It is recommended you perform your initial sync with a cable after restoring your device.
    • 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).
    • If you find issues with apps, media and/or photos synced to your device, you can reset then resync. From Settings -> General -> Reset, choose Erase all Content and Settings. Then reconnect to iTunes and sync again.
  • In some cases, your device may fail to sync contacts, calendars and account settings, or back up to iTunes. If this happens, reboot your device and re-sync.
  • NEW:In some cases, syncing photos may result in only thumbnails on your device. If this happens, unsync Photos then re-sync again.

Xcode

  • When uninstalling iOS 5.0 SDK beta 2 or upgrading from iOS 5.0 SDK beta 2 your new install might be missing the /usr/lib/libsvn* files thus making some subversion functionality (such as the perl bindings and git-svn) unavailable.
    • If your host machine is a Snow Leopard based, you can get these back by reinstalling BSD.pkg from your OS DVD, followed by a Combo Update to Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later.
    • If your host machine is Lion based you will have to reinstall the OS.
  • In this beta, device restores using Xcode are disabled. Please use iTunes only to back up and restore your device.
  • In some cases, Xcode 4.2 Organizer does not display a device that is in restore mode. As a workaround you can use iTunes to restore.
  • In iOS 5 beta 4, the iOS Simulator is not compatible with previous releases of the iCloud Developer Seed for OS X. It is highly recommended that you update to the latest iCloud Developer Seed to ensure compatibility.
  • iOS 5.0 SDK supports both iOS 4.3 and iOS 5.0 simulators.

Apple gives us some goodies to ponder over (including iOS 5 beta 3!)

Developers, this seems to be your lucky day! Apple has seeded iOS 5 beta 3, iTunes 10.5 beta 3, Xcode 4.2 Preview 3 and Xcode 4.1 Golden Master (GM) to the devs, with lots of new stuff on board.

The new iOS 5 beta is compatible with the iPad, iPad 2, iPhone 4 (GSM/CDMA), iPod touch 3/4, and the Apple TV.

Release notes follow: (click on ‘show‘ below)

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Accounts

  • When creating an iCloud account you can use any Apple ID provided it is a full email address and not a MobileMe account. If you have a MobileMe account, you can copy data from that account to an iCloud account to use during testing. You can find more information on iCloud at: http://developer.apple.com/icloud
  • When setting up an iCloud or MobileMe account using the setup assistant and leaving Find My iPhone on, it might actually turn Find my iPhone off after the setup. Please verify in Settings/Mail, Contacts, Calendar/YourAccount that Find my iPhone is toggled On after leaving the setup assistant.
  • There is a problem finding a device using Find My iPhone on the MobileMe website (www.me.com) when switching from iCloud back to MobileMe. To workaround this issue:
    • On the device go to Settings->Mail, Contacts, Calendar-><your_account>@me.com and Toggle Find My iPhone off and back on. Now the device should show up on MobileMe website.
  • It is recommended that you disable Bookmarks on multiple accounts. If they are enabled, the results might be undefined.
  • NEW: In this beta the option of “Choosing a security question” is not working during an iCloud account setup.

AirPlay

  • Starting in iOS 5, video content in applications and websites are AirPlay-enabled by default.
  • iOS 5 supports AirPlay of video via AV Foundation.
  • FIXED: The Apple TV screen saver may degrade mirroring performance over AirPlay. The screen saver can be disabled in Apple TV settings.

Apple TV

  • Apple TV Software beta enables users to mirror the contents of an iPad 2 to an Apple TV (2nd generation) using AirPlay. This beta software also enables Photo Stream on Apple TV so users can access photos stored in iCloud. Apple TV Software beta is being provided to test the latest AirPlay functionality with your iOS 5 apps and web sites. If you wish to install Apple TV Software beta on your device, you must first register your device UDID in the iOS Developer Program Portal.

Audio

CalDav

  • FIXED: After creating a recurring event locally on the device, the device stops syncing after hitting an error on merge. Removing and re-adding the account acts as a workaround for this.

Calendar

  • All MobileMe calendars were duplicated after turning calendar syncing off and back on.
  • If you launch or manually refresh Calendars on an iPad, your calendars might disappear and you will have to tap “Show All Calendars” to display them again.
  • NEW: Restoring from a Seed 1 backup or earlier will cause MobileMe/iCloud calendars not to sync. Subscribed calendars will show up in Calendars but none of your event calendars will appear in MobileCal. To workaround the problem please remove and re-add the account.

GameKit

  • Match data for turn based matches is currently limited to 4 KB of data.

GameCenter

  • If you have an existing Game Center account which has not yet gone through the first-time Game Center flow in iOS 5, you will encounter a crash when signing into a game’s login alert directly. The workaround for this is to launch Game Center to complete the first-time flow.

iBooks

  • iBooks 1.2.2 may fail to display some text or images in books. Please update to iBooks 1.3 in the App Store.

iCloud Backup

  • As this is beta software, it is recommended that you do not use the iCloud services to store any critical data or information. If you enable iCloud Backup, automatic backup with iTunes when syncing will be disabled. We suggest you also manually back up your device with iTunes.
  • In the iOS 5 beta, support for data protection in iCloud Backup is unavailable. Apps that have protected files will not have any of their data or metadata backed up as a result.
  • After restoring, you may not be able to back up again because the device still thinks it’s restoring. To workaround this issue try syncing apps or media that are missing form iTunes or try deleting your iCloud account and adding it back.
  • If you delete your backup, the feature will be disabled but settings may still indicate that it is enabled and you will have to toggle the BackUp to Cloud switch in Settings.
  • For compatibility reasons, this version of the iOS 5 beta requires that all files be backed up again, instead of only those files that have changed since your last backup. This may cause a warning that your account is over quota. In case the warning occurs, you can delete your oldest backup to free up space and then initiate a backup.

iCloud Storage

  • During the iOS 5 beta period, any documents stored on the servers might be purged periodically before GM. Therefore, it is highly recommended that you do not store any critical documents or information on the servers.
  • If your application is using the NSMetadataQuery class, you must set a predicate, even though the predicate itself is ignored.
  • The Foundation framework doesn’t include the team ID when looking for an app’s mobile documents container. The Team ID must be included at the beginning of the identifier string passed to the URLForUbiquityContainerIdentifier: method.
  • In this beta, the setSortDescriptors: method of NSMetadataQuery is not supported.
  • In this beta, if you want to use iCloud, you have to manually specify various container identifiers (your application’s Display set) within an Entitlements file for both of your Mac OS X and iOS projects.
  • There are issues using the Cloud Storage document API in conjunction with protected data which can lead to data corruption.
  • In this beta, document-based applications cannot always detect when files change, move, or are deleted out from underneath them.
  • NEW: In this beta, file presenters (objects that adopt the NSFilePresenter protocol) do not receive some of the messages that they’re supposed to receive, especially:

    You can workaround this by implementing the relinquishPresentedItemToWriter: method and checking to see if the writer actually wrote when your file presenter reacquires. You can also use FSEvents to observe file system changes

  • In this beta, messages about changes to files in a directory are not getting delivered to objects that adopt the NSFilePresenter protocol.
  • While reporting a bug related to the iCloud storage interfaces, please include the logs collected during your debugging session. To generate these logs, you must install a special debug profile on your device.The debug profile can be obtained from http://connect.apple.com. This profile enables the generation of debug logs that are needed to diagnose any problems using iCloud storage. The instructions to collect the logs are:
    1. Install the profile. (The easiest way to do this is to mail it to yourself and open the attachment on their device.)
    2. Reproduce the bug.
    3. Sync with iTunes to pull the logs off your device.
    4. Attach the logs to your bug report. You can find the logs in ~/Library/Logs/CrashReporter/MobileDevice/DeviceName/DiagnosticLogs.

    These logs can grow large very quickly, so you should remove the profile after you have reproduced the problem and pulled the logs for the bug report.

iMessage

  • NEW: iMessage beta 3 will be unable to communicate with iMessage users on beta 1. It works between beta 3 and beta 2.
  • NEW: Modal alerts don’t appear for iMessages.

iTunes

  • The version of iTunes that comes with beta 3 cannot sync devices that have the beta 2 software installed. To avoid this problem, do the following:
    1. Sync any devices that have beta 2 installed to the version of iTunes that came with beta 2.
    2. Upgrade iTunes to the version that comes with beta 3.
    3. Connect the device and install the beta 3 software. (Understand that you might see a failure to sync error when you first connect the device.)
    4. After installing the beta 3 software, restore from your the backup you made in step 1.
  • Videos purchased from the iTunes Store do not play on a 2nd generation AppleTV over AirPlay with iTunes 10.5.

MMS

  • Sending an MMS of large videos does not work.

Photo Adjustments

  • If you apply red-eye adjustments in iOS, and import your image into the iPhoto seed build, the red-eye adjustments will not appear on that image in iPhoto. As a result, subsequent syncing of your image back to the iOS device from iPhoto will not show the red-eye adjustments.

Reminders

FIXED: The Reminders application does not send notifications for reminders that are based upon the entry (and/or exit) of a location if there is no date associated with the reminder.

Settings

  • The “Back Up Now” button is enabled without the backup data class being enabled for the account.
  • FIXED: If you bring up the keyboard of the terms in Settings->General->Software Update, you cannot dismiss it. You have to force quit Settings to get out.
  • NEW: In this beta FaceTime icon is missing in Settings on the iPhones.

Simulator

  • NEW: Location services are not functional in iOS 4.3 simulator running on Mac OS 10.7 with Xcode 4.2.

Springboard

  • Push and local notifications for apps appear in the new Notification Center in iOS 5. Notification Center displays notifications that are considered “unread”. In order to accommodate push and local notifications that have no “unread” status, developers can use their application badge count to trigger a clearing of notifications from Notification Center. When an application clears its badge count (by setting it to zero), iOS 5 will clear its notifications from Notification Center.

Twitter

  • NEW: When tweeting your location from Safari and exiting before the location can be established, the location arrow will stay in the status bar. The arrow can be removed by killing Safari from the task switcher.

UI Automation

  • NEW: In iOS 5 beta 3, the first execution of a script after a reboot or erase install will likely fail. Subsequent attempts should succeed until the device is rebooted again.
  • The play and record buttons in the Automation instrument script editor may not work properly after targeting an application that was launched by a trace session and has ended. They may also not work if you target an application that was suspended. If you run into this problem and it persists, you may need to close and reopen the trace document to get back into a functional state.
  • When capturing actions into a script using the Automation instrument, interfaces with web views or table cells that contain a high number of off screen elements may take an extremely long time before returning with an expression.
  • The lock() and unlock() functions of UIATarget have been replaced with the lockForDuration(<seconds>) function.
  • Instruments overwrites the loaded automation script, even if another program is editing it.
  • Starting iOS 5 beta 2, you can now trigger the execution of an UI Automation script on an iOS device from the host terminal by using the instruments tool. The command is:
    • instruments -w <device id> -t <template> <application>

UIKit

  • NEW: Starting in iOS 5 beta 3, the exclusiveTouch property of UIControl has returned to its original default value of NO.
  • Returning nil from the tableView:viewForHeaderInSection: method (or its footer equivalent) is no longer sufficient to hide a header. You must overridetableView:heightForHeaderInSection: and return 0.0 to hide a header.
  • In the iOS 5 beta, the UITableView class has two methods to move one cell from one row to another with defined parameters. These APIs are:
  • Using the UIWebView class in Interface Builder, setting transparent background color is possible in iOS 5. Developers compiling against the new SDK can check their XIB for theUIWebView transparent setting.
  • In the iOS 5 beta, the UINavigationBarUIToolbar, and UITabBar implementations have changed so that the drawRect: method is not called on instances of these classes unless it is implemented in a subclass. Apps that have re-implemented drawRect: in a category on any of these classes will find that the drawRect: method isn’t called. UIKit does link-checking to keep the method from being called in apps linked before iOS 5 but does not support this design on iOS 5 or later. Apps can either:
    • Use the customization API for bars that in iOS 5 and later, which is the preferred way.
    • Subclass UINavigationBar (or the other bar classes) and override drawRect: in the subclass.
  • The indexPathForRow:inSection:section, and row methods of NSIndexPath now use NSInteger instead of NSUInteger, so that these types match with methods defined onUITableView.
  • There is a known issue with presenting a UIVideoEditorControllerobject where it doesn’t show the selected video, which appears blank instead. In certain cases it may also crash.
  • Touch events are not getting forwarded to the view in the cameraOverlayView property of UIImagePickerController.
  • The imagePickerController:didFinishPickingMediaWithInfo: method of UIImagePickerController is not returning a URL to the video when recording is complete.
  • NEW: When creating a new appointment in calendar app on a device using 24 hr clock, you cannot select an hour value greater than 12. The date-time picker value sets current weekday to be the same as previous day (e.g: a An appointment on Tuesday will be set as Monday).
  • FIXED: We have changed the behavior of scrollToRowAtIndexPath:atScrollPosition:animated: such that UITableViewScrollPositionTop andUITableViewScrollPositionBottom now adjust for the top and bottom portions of the contentInset property.

WebKit

  • NEW: In iOS 5 beta 2, a new inherited CSS property, -webkit-overflow-scrolling: value, is available. The value touch allows the web developer to opt in to native-style scrolling in an overflow:scroll element. The default value for this property is auto.
  • The WebKit framework has picked up a newer WebKit engine, which closely matches Safari 5.1. Some areas to be aware of with the new WebKit framework on iOS:
    • There is a new HTML5-compliant parser.
    • Text layout width may change slightly because word-rounding behavior now has floating-point-based precision.
    • There is improved validation of the <input type=number> form field, which includes removing leading zeros and number formatting.
    • Touch events are now supported on input fields.
    • window.onerror is now supported.
    • There is a new user agent that does not have locale information in the User Agent string.

WiFi Syncing

  • In iOS 5 beta 2, wireless syncing is available for the Mac. It requires iTunes 10.5 beta 2 and OS X 10.6.8 or Lion. You will see an option to enable wireless syncing when you connect your device to iTunes with the USB cable. It is recommended you perform your initial sync with a cable after restoring your device.
    • 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.
    • If you find issues with apps, media and/or photos synced to your device, you can reset then resync. From Settings -> General -> Reset, choose Erase all Content and Settings. Then reconnect to iTunes and sync again.
  • FIXED: In this beta, iTunes may incorrectly report Photos as “Other” in the capacity bar. Photo syncing otherwise works as expected.
  • NEW:In some cases, your device may fail to sync contacts, calendars and account settings, or back up to iTunes. If this happens, reboot your device and re-sync.
  • NEW:In some cases, syncing photos may result in only thumbnails on your device. If this happens, unsync Photos then re-sync again.

Xcode

  • In this beta, device restores using XCode are disabled. Please use iTunes only to back up and restore your device.
  • In some cases, Xcode 4.2 Organizer does not display a device that is in restore mode. As a workaround you can use iTunes to restore.
  • FIXED: On some desktop machines, Xcode’s memory usage inflates incredibly fast while restoring a device or copying an IPSW. As a workaround use iTunes to restore.
  • FIXED: In this beta, crash logs (either unsymbolicated or symbolicated) do not appear in Xcode Organizer. To make them appear in the Xcode Organizer, you will have to rename the device.
  • In iOS 5 beta 2, the iOS Simulator is not compatible with previous releases of the iCloud Developer Seed for OS X. It is highly recommended that you update to the latest iCloud Developer Seed to ensure compatibility.
  • iOS 5.0 SDK supports both iOS 4.3 and iOS 5.0 simulators.

Apple seeds OS X Lion Golden Master (GM) to devs

Apple has seeded the Golden Master version of their upcoming OS X Lion software for Mac, just in time for the OS’ final version launch sometime this month. The build number is 11A511 and can be downloaded from Apple’s Mac Developer website.

Apple has also released XCode 4.1 Developer Preview 7. Get downloading, devs.

Apple seeds Mac OS X 10.6.8 build 10K540 to developers

There’s yet another build seeded by Apple of OS X 10.6.8 Snow Leopard for developers and Apple is again expecting you to concentrate on AirPort, graphics drivers, Mac App Store, networking, Quicktime, and VPN. The seed, with build 10K540, has no known issues. Time to buck for 10.7 Lion.

Mac OS X 10.6.8 Build 10K537 seeded to developers

Apple has seeded Mac OS X 10.6.8 Build 10K537 to developers, the first post-WWDC 2011 10.6.8 goodie for devs to fret over. The update focuses on AirPort, Graphics Drivers, Mac App Store, Networking, QuickTime and VPN, and has no known issues. The main upgrade weighs 1GB, with the delta update weighing 454MB.

It’s Official,Apple to release Lion OS,iOS 5 and iCloud at WWDC 2011

Almost everyday a new Apple news come and more often than not most of them are fake or predictions but this time its official directly from the headquarters of Apple.

In a press release today Apple informed that it would release the Lion OS,iOS 5 and iCloud at WWDC 2011.

Apple’s Press Release below

CUPERTINO, California—May 31, 2011—Apple® CEO Steve Jobs and a team of Apple executives will kick off the company’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) with a keynote address on Monday, June 6 at 10:00 a.m. At the keynote, Apple will unveil its next generation software – Lion, the eighth major release of Mac OS® X; iOS 5, the next version of Apple’s advanced mobile operating system which powers the iPad®, iPhone® and iPod touch®; and iCloud®, Apple’s upcoming cloud services offering.

WWDC will feature more than 100 technical sessions presented by Apple engineers. Mac® developers will see and learn how to develop world-class Mac OS X Lion applications using its latest technologies and capabilities. Mobile developers will be able to explore the latest innovations and capabilities of iOS and learn how to greatly enhance the functionality, performance and design of their apps. All developers can bring their code to the labs and work with Apple engineers.

For more details, visit the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference 2011 website at developer.apple.com/wwdc.

Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple has reinvented the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and has recently introduced iPad 2 which is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices.

 

Apple seeds Mac OS X 10.6.8 build 10K531 to developers

Apple has seeded another build of Mac OS X 10.6.8 Snow Leopard to developers — 10K531 — which is now available for download. The latest build focuses on AirPort, Networking, Graphics Drivers, Mac App Store, QuickTime, and VPN. We are also hoping there is a fix in there for the deadly Mac Defender malware/phishing scam. There are no known issues with this seed.

You can download the update from the Mac Developers Center.

PlayStation Network (PSN) down again, ‘not’ hacked it seems

It seems that Sony’s revival party has been cut short after the company went offline again with their PlayStation Network (PSN). The only difference this time, it seems, is that the network hasn’t been hacked again, but is suffering from another major issue.

Previously, if you legitimately forgot your password and wanted to reset it, all you had to do was type in your e-mail address and date of birth, then choose a delightfully cunning new password. Sounds good? NOW, the problem is that if you were a PSN member before the hack then both your e-mail address and your date of birth (plus a lot of other frightening stuff) is known to the hackers. So, whoever has the millions of rows of data that were exposed could, in theory, re-exploit any account.

Sony was made aware of the issue and those pages are now offline again, which should make the Japanese government feel just a little big smug.

Recap

Sony’s PlayStation Network, Qriocity and Sony Online Entertainment services went down after an attack on them by a group of hackers, accused to be ‘Anonymous’.

The networks then suffered two more attacks, completing a hat-trick.

This prompted Sony to write a letter to its publishers and developers to explain the situation clearly (hit link to see full exclusive letter)

Shortly after that, the PSN was online again, though only for the developers (Internal link).

Then within no time, Sony began phased restoration of the PSN, slowly giving access to users all over the world.

Today, the PSN is down again, though this time it doesn’t seem it’s been hacked.

Will Sony be able to come out of this mess with flying colors? When?

Via Engadget

 

BREAKING: PlayStation Network (PSN) is online again (for developers)

Good News: Sony’s ailing and bruised PlayStation Network (PSN) is back up and running.  Spoiler: No not for you, but only for the developers.

After a hat-trick of attacks on Sony’s PlayStation Network, Qriocity and Sony Entertainment Online services, the company looked in troubled waters but this move, though only internal for now, is a positive sign indeed.

Japanese firm Sony previously tried to get back up quickly and resume services for everyone again, but kept stumbling. With more than 3 weeks of inactivity, developers and publishers started to voice their concern as they were beginning to make huge loses. This prompted Sony to write a letter to them, explaining the entire situation. The letter, though informative, failed to assure them of the future or whether any kind of compensation will be given for this inactivity. This, obviously, wasn’t digested properly.

But do hell with all this negative talk, for today the PlayStation Network is online again! The company has started the services internally, meaning, for now, only developers can access their accounts. For us? Well, it’ll still take time. Sony’s set itself a May-end deadline.

The news of Sony’s internal resumption comes from a reader (named Kagari) of a gaming industry forum NEOGAF. According to him, the resumption in internal activities is for testing purposes but will be opened to everyone very soon.

Okay, so this was mentioned in the old thread by a QA tester and since then I have had other developers confirm to me that this is the case. The internal PSN developer network is online again, at least it seems for some, although things are still a bit shaky at the moment such as lack of new account sign up.

Looks like the full network, at least the online play/account part of it, will be back soon.

Sony currently has a user-base of 77 million-plus users, but how many will continue to stay with them only time will tell…

Will you stick with Sony despite all this drama or you are happy to jump the ship to Microsoft and Xbox?

Apple all set to “unveil the future of iOS and Mac OS” at WWDC 2011 (June 6-10)

Apple has just given us a hint that this year’s World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) — all set to take place from June 6 to 10 at the Moscone West Center in San Francisco, CA — will be a special event as “the future of iOS and Mac OS” will be revealed. This kills any rumors of an early sneak-peek into iOS 5. Nothing before June. (We almost got it spot on!)

“At this year’s conference we are going to unveil the future of iOS and Mac OS,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “If you are an iOS or Mac OS X software developer, this is the event that you do not want to miss.”

Apple gives us an insight as to what we are up for:

  • more than 100 technical sessions presented by Apple engineers on a wide range of technology-specific topics for developing, deploying and integrating the latest iOS and Mac OS technologies;
  • over 1,000 Apple engineers providing developers with code-level assistance, insight into optimal development techniques, and guidance on how they can make the most of iOS and Mac OS technologies in their apps;
  • the opportunity to connect with thousands of fellow iPad®, iPhone® and Mac developers from around the world; and
  • Apple Design Awards which recognize iPad, iPhone and Mac apps that demonstrate technical excellence, innovation and outstanding design.

Tickets to the event will set you back by $1599!

P.S. Just like WWDC 2010, will Apple present us with the next gen iPhone and make it an event to remember?

Press Release

CUPERTINO, California—March 28, 2011—Apple® today announced that it will hold its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) June 6 through June 10 at San Francisco’s Moscone West. At this year’s five-day conference Apple will unveil the future of iOS and Mac OS®, including exciting demonstrations of the new kinds of apps that developers can build using Apple’s advanced frameworks and more than 100 technical sessions presented by Apple engineers.

“At this year’s conference we are going to unveil the future of iOS and Mac OS,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “If you are an iOS or Mac OS X software developer, this is the event that you do not want to miss.”

Mobile developers will be able to explore the latest innovations and capabilities of iOS and learn how to greatly enhance the functionality, performance and design of their apps. Mac® developers will see and learn how to develop world-class Mac OS X Lion applications using its latest technologies and capabilities. Developers can even bring their code to the labs and work with Apple engineers, applying development techniques and best-practices to enhance their apps.

Activities at Apple’s WWDC 2011 include:

more than 100 technical sessions presented by Apple engineers on a wide range of technology-specific topics for developing, deploying and integrating the latest iOS and Mac OS technologies;
over 1,000 Apple engineers providing developers with code-level assistance, insight into optimal development techniques, and guidance on how they can make the most of iOS and Mac OS technologies in their apps;
the opportunity to connect with thousands of fellow iPad®, iPhone® and Mac developers from around the world; and
Apple Design Awards which recognize iPad, iPhone and Mac apps that demonstrate technical excellence, innovation and outstanding design.
Go to the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference 2011 website (developer.apple.com/wwdc) to purchase tickets, as well as for updates and more information.