Apple Releases iOS 7 Beta 5 to Developers

Apple just recently made the latest beta of iOS7 available to developers.

Since the Apple Dev Center went down a number of days ago, I’ve been doing my best to follow the story.  There has been a lot of developments reported as functionality comes back online, (but very little on what’s going on with the security engineer rumored to have caused the outage in the first place.)

As such, during a routine check of the iOS Dev Center, I was recently greeted with a wonderful surprise. iOS7 Beta 5 has been released to developers today (and as early as Noon Central Time).

iOS7 Beta 5

The beta still has a number of known issues with

  • Address Book
  • AirDrop
  • Exchange
  • iCloud
  • etc.

and a number of other areas as well. Beta 4 was a dramatic improvement over Beta 3, but it still has its issues. I’ve reported bugs that are still open at this time.  There are issues that have been resolved according to the release notes, but I’m certain that a number of different issues are still lurking about.

Its clear from the release notes that there will be at least TWO more beta releases before the software RTM’s.  Given the number of active issues, however, my QA manager experience is telling me that it’s unlikely that the currently expected beta 6 and then RTM/GM release will occur. There seems to be a bit more work needed in order to insure that all issues and developer notes are addressed, implemented and understood.

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