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iOS 5 beta 7 released to developers

iOS 5 will feature comprehensive integration with Apple's forthcoming iCloud service and will sport a new messaging application

Apple's handheld devices such as the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch rely on iOS rather than Mac OS
Apple's handheld devices such as the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch rely on iOS rather than Mac OS

Apple is moving full steam ahead with development of iOS 5. Beta 7 of the company's mobile orientated operating system (OS) was released to developers on August 31. The previous release, Beta 6, was released to developers on August 19.

Apple plans to release iOS 5 as a free upgrade for iOS users. The iPod Touch, iPhone 4 and iPad 2 tablet are just some of the devices that rely on the iOS operating system.

With this latest OS the firm is sticking to its tried and tested methodology of bug testing by releasing beta versions to developers ahead of time. The company says this helps them work out bugs and grants developers enough time to integrate new features and APIs into their software.

When it is released iOS 5 will completely overhaul the notification system and is said to feature a new messaging platform, which will likely be called iMessage. The messaging system will allow iOS users to chat with one another for free, much like BlackBerry's BBM service. iOS5 will also feature signification integration with Apple's forthcoming iCloud service.