updated 08:55 am EDT, Thu August 4, 2011
iOS 5-aware apps start showing up
Apple has been showing signs iOS 5 is getting closer with approvals for apps that explicitly state iOS 5 compatibility. Although Apple isn't formally accepting apps that require iOS 5 to work, apps like that from Mashable (App Store) are now appearing that list "iOS 5 compatibility" by name. Apple's stringency on mentioning iOS 5 is evident elsewhere, as a recent update to Tap Tap Tap's Camera+ ($2, App Store) has added support for the "OS That Must Not Be Named."
At least a few apps are known to behave badly in iOS 5, such as Google+, and will need fixes by the time the software is live.
The reason behind the early if partial acceptance isn't known other than Apple wanting to stock up on compatible apps. With features like over-the-air updates now active in iOS 5 beta 4, though, it may feel that the platform is far enough along that compatibility checks made now will hold up by the time iOS 5 ships.
It may also hint that Apple could post iOS 5 sooner than anticipated. The company is expected to ship the iPhone 5 in or soon after September and usually times iOS releases accordingly, but it may leave the door open to shipping sooner. [via Cult of Mac]