iOS 5 Beta 4 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch now Available to Developers

Barely two weeks after Apple seeded the third beta of iOS 5, the company just released a new beta version of iOS 5 to its network of developers, dubbed iOS 5 beta 4 build 9A5274d. As usual, this new iteration of iOS 5 beta brings a slew of improvements and fixes over its predecessor. The update now allows users to update iOS wirelessly, a first since the introduction of the operating system back in 2007. To take advantage of the feature, you will need to have iOS 5 beta 3 installed, and head over to the Settings app to fire up the update – the option is called ‘Software Update’, under ‘General’. The new over-the-air update feature helps keep iOS updates smaller, as only changes to the software are sent to the device, instead of sending the full blown operating system – the feature is very similar to Mac OS X updates downloaded via the Mac’s Software Update feature. As a result, the update weighs about 5 times less, and can be downloaded in a matter of minutes.

iOS 5 beta 4 on the Dev Center

Over-the-air update on an iPad

Apple also enabled iCloud on this new beta, and users can now store their documents and personal data directly on Apple’s servers.

iCloud settings (iPhone)

Finally, Apple released both iTunes 10.5 beta 4 and Xcode 4.2 Developer Preview 4 for the occasion. Both, as well as the new beta of iOS, can be downloaded from Apple’s Dev Center.