The long, slow creep to finished product took another step today as Apple released its second beta of iOS 6 to developers. The 299MB over-the-air update fixes a number of bugs from the initial beta, and hopefully improves the reliability of the baseband, which in the first beta would lose connectivity to the carrier every few hours.
Beta 2 doesn’t change anything dramatically from an aesthetic perspective — Passbook is still inaccessible, for example — but I noticed right away that animations were smoother and apps less prone to crashing. Apple has also added granular settings for what can be downloaded from iCloud using cellular data, including Reading Lists, iTunes files and iCloud documents. You can now also turn on and off Shared Photo Streams, something that wasn’t available in the first beta. Shared Photo Streams are sort of like private Facebook photo albums that you can set up with friends and family to accumulate photos from a particular event.
This particular beta expires on July 31st, 2012, but it will likely be updated to Beta 3 before that date. If you’re a registered Apple Developer, head on over to Settings/General/Software Update and get working.