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Apple seeds fifth iOS 9, watchOS 2 betas to developers, third public iOS 9 beta [u]

Apple on Thursday released a fifth beta of iOS 9 to developers, arriving a little over two weeks after the previous one. The company simultaneously released a matching beta of watchOS 2.




The new version of iOS 9, identified as build 13A4325c, can be downloaded as an over-the-air update or in its entirety through Apple's official Developer Center portal. It's so far unknown what changes the beta may contain.

The previous beta restored full Home Sharing features, and made tweaks to components like Apple Music, Handoff, and Apple Pay. Apple disabled Home Sharing's music support in iOS 8.4, but later promised to fix the issue with iOS 9.

Some users of iOS 9 beta 4 complained that the software introduced bugs affecting battery life and Bluetooth connections, in other cases causing a device to crash. These flaws could be addressed in the latest code.

The final version of iOS 9 is due to launch sometime this fall, presumably alongside new iPhones. It will include features such as a News app, public transit directions for Maps, and a much-improved iPad experience with Slide Over, splitscreen multitasking, and keyboard enhancements like Mac-style shortcuts.

watchOS 2 is also due in the fall, and will add features to the Apple Watch like native app support, new faces, a Nightstand mode, and third-party complications. Developers can install the latest beta using the Apple Watch iPhone app.

Update: Apple has also launched a third public iOS 9 beta, identical to the developer code.