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Apple releases iOS 8.2 beta 5 to registered developers

Apple releases iOS 8.2 beta 5 to registered developers

That iThingy You're Wearing
February 2, 2015

Apple has just released the fifth beta version of iOS 8.2 to registered developers. It can be downloaded now over-the-air or through Apple’s Developer Center.

No specific changes are listed in the new beta, with Apple only saying it contains the usual bug fixes and other improvements. We’ll let you know if we find anything noteworthy to mention.

Developers will also be able to take advantage of the latest version of WatchKit with Xcode 6.2 beta 5.

With WatchKit, app developers can create Notifications and Glances for the Apple Watch, which is slated to arrive sometime in April.

The development time for iOS 8.2 has been fairly long, at least by Apple standards. The first beta edition arrived in mid-November. Before today’s update, beta 4 landed in early January.

It’s currently unclear when this software will arrive to the general public. But with the substantial tie-in with the Apple Watch, it might land simultaneously with the wearable device.

Just last week, Apple released a minor iOS update – version 8.1.3. The major improvement in that edition was to reduce the amount of required storage needed to perform a software update. That could help push adoption of iOS 8, which has been slower when compared to iOS 7.

I’m glad to see Apple is giving developers such a nice amount of time with the WatchKit software so they can harness the full power of the new device.

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