About two weeks after the launch of the beta 2, Apple released the third beta of iOS 5 to its developers earlier today. Dubbed build 9A5259f, the software is available to all registered iOS developers. Not much is known about this new beta release, except the fact that a slew of bugs identified in the previous betas have been squashed. The first fix is related to AirPlay: users of the previous beta experienced issues when the content of their iOS device was sent to an Apple TV via AirPlay, specifically when the Apple TV screen saver would kick in. The second fix is related to the way the Reminders app deals with notifications, as notifications for location-based reminders didn’t work when no specific date was associated to them. iOS 5 beta 3 is compatible with iPad 1 & 2, iPhone 3GS & 4, as well as third & fourth generation iPod touch. For the occasion, Apple also released today a new version of iTunes, dubbed version 10.5 beta 3, as well as a new golden master for Xcode, dubbed version 4.1.
The final version of iOS 5 is expected to be made available later this year, alongside the iPhone 5, and an alleged iPad 2 HD. The iPhone 5 entered the final stage of its design and testing phase last month, and is about to enter production. iOS 5 will offer a slew of improvements, such as a vastly improved notifications system, Twitter integration, better Safari and Mail apps, the new iMessage service, iCloud integration, improved multitasking, and better overall responsiveness.