Apple Already Approving App Updates for iOS 5 — Launch Next Month?

Apple Already Approving App Updates for iOS 5 — Launch Next Month?

Although its public release isn’t scheduled until this fall, Apple has already begun approving apps for its upcoming iOS 5 software for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch — suggesting the firmware could launch as early as next month alongside the iPhone 5.

Last week, the popular Camera+ application was updated to version 2.2.3, and though its developers didn’t mention the iOS 5 software, the release notes did read:

Compatibility with that upcoming OS That Must Not Be Named.

However, the Mashable application, which was updated to version 1.5.4 yesterday, isn’t quite so subtle with its release notes — simply stating “iOS 5 compatibility.”

The approval of these updates could suggest that the public release of iOS 5 isn’t too far away, and could launch as early as next month alongside that much-anticipated iPhone 5. The iOS 5 beta is currently on its fourth release with developers, and while the software still suffers a number of minor issues that will need ironing out, there doesn’t seem to be anything major left for Apple to work on.

Have you noticed any of your apps get iOS 5 compatibility updates?

  • ????? ??i

    may be..

  • flocked

    … The developer can (and did) change the update note after the app was approved.

  • facebook-100000670318505

    r u a developer

  • flocked

    Yes, I am :) (http://muffinstory.de)

  • Nic Wise

    Apple will approve an iOS 4.3 API app which works on iOS5 right now. Including ones which say “works on iOS5″

    They will NOT approve or accept one build with iOS5 SDK… never have. Never will until it goes GM. And no reason for anyone to submit them….

  • LeechbiteApps

    As far as I know you can’t submit apps based on the latest beta OS yet. These guys updated their apps using the iOS 4.3.x so it plays well with upcoming iOS 5. I did the same with my app and was even rejected for mentioning iOS 5 on the update description.

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  • EvanGreggs

    I just paid $ 23.86 for an iPhone and my girlfriend loves her Dell laptop that we got for $ 38.76 there arriving tomorrow by UPS I will never pay such expensive retail prices in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 42 inch LED TV to my boss for $ 665 which only cost me $ 62,81 to buy. Here is the website we use to get it all from, GrabPenny.com

  • Joshua

    Osfoora (a twitter client that doesn’t even do Push Notifications) updated yesterday to work with iOS5. Sorry Don’t have screen shot to show.

  • King Black Bomb

    Sure they’re coming tomorrow by UPS. How can you people love those things you “got” without having them!

  • mai duc chung

    The usual idea is that you would use NFC to set up the link between the two devices and then do an automatic hand over to a different protocol for doing the actual transfer of data – eg Bluetooth,iphone 5

  • ZackOrbien

    I just paid $ 23.87 for an iPod 2-64GB and my girlfriend loves her Pana$onic Lumix GF 1 Camera that we got for $ 38.76 there arriving tomorrow by UPS. I will never pay such expensive retail prices in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 40 inch LED TV to my boss for $ 657 which only cost me $ 62.81 to buy. Here is the website we use to get it all from, http://to.ly/aS0P

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  • RJ McCollam

    Yep other comments are right…these developers updated their app to play nice, but no developer can submit an app and get it approved if it is using any API’s that are only found in the iOS 5 SDK.

  • Fabio Papa

    Hmmm … the first day of fall is September 23 … Apple said they will release iOS5 in the fall … they’ve never (to my recollection) released anything early. So why, oh why, Killian, would you say that iOS will be released next month? And along with the iPhone 5, which is yet to be announced!?!? I’m not getting my hopes up … Apple will release iOS5 in the fall … and not at the beginning of the fall either, probably October.

    My prediction is that there will be an update to iOS4 just before the release of iOS5 that will enable over-the-air updates. We will all be doing our updates OTA IMO.

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  • Ethan S

    Fuck1n’ moron, you don’t deserve to be published…

    There is a difference between being compatible with iOS 5 and having features that require iOS 5. I am the developer of an app that does not run at all on iOS 5 at the moment. However, I can fix the problem and make it work on (a.k.a. be compatible with) iOS 5 without ever touching the iOS 5 SDK. I can submit that update today. The thing I can’t do is submit an update that uses an API that is only found in iOS 5. These apps that have updated for compatibility with iOS 5 are doing the former: fixing issues with running on iOS 5 using the iOS 4 SDK.

  • Ryan Warner

    Snow Leopard was released early, if nothing else. So it could happen. As nice as it would be, I don’t have much hope that it will be released early, especially if it the multitude of under-the-hood changes are as massive as Apple says they are. Probably have several more betas to go through.

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Killian BellKillian Bell is a staff writer based in the U.K. He has an interest in all things tech and also covers Android over at CultofAndroid.com. You can follow him on Twitter via @killianbell.

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