While the elusive release date continues to be in question, Apple has already begun approving apps compatible with iOS 5.
So far only two apps have put themselves on the radar by announcing iOS 5 compatibility, Camera+ and Mashable!
The Camera+ iPhone app from tap tap tap let users know that their photo taking and editing software was going 5 with a slyly worded release note.
The app’s July 27 release cheekily admitted that it includes “compatibility with that upcoming OS That Must Not Be Named.”
The news aggregator app Mashable! was slightly less circumspect. Their August 3 release notes say the update includes “compatibility with iOS 5.”
Are there other apps out there with compatibility that haven’t popped up on our radar yet?
Apple’s fourth iOS 5 beta release to developers on July 22 has not been given the go ahead for app release yet. So these apps are likely built on the iOS 5 friendly 4.3 platform.
Developers have had access to iOS 5 since Monday, June 6 when the platform made its big WWDC debut. The new operating system boasts over 200 new features, and 1,500 APIs. Since then each release brings Apple one step closer to releasing it to the public.
Release Date Mania
Since WWDC Apple has taken a firm stand by their foggy fall release date, refusing to provide more accurate details to their rabid public. That hasn’t stopped bloggers, tech advisors and even journalists from extrapolating possible release dates, sometimes from thin air.
It’s easy to concede that the release of iOS 5 compatible apps is an extremely healthy sign of imminent iOS 5 release. Hopeful critics say we could expect a release as soon as next month, which is September.
Coincidentally the first day of fall is September 23.