Apple has officially released the sixth beta version of iOS 5 for developers, which is seen as yet another step taken by Apple in the development process leading up to the public release of iOS 5 later this year.

The update, which is labeled as Build 9A5302b, has arrived just two weeks after iOS 5 beta 5 was released and now the latest build offers improvements such as bug fixes. Those with an Apple developer's ID can download the beta version immediately.

The update can be accessed via either OTA updates on the iOS device, or through the iOS Dev Center. The supported hardware continues to be all versions of iPad and iPad 2, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, and the last two generations of iPod touch.

The OTA updates, however, are the easiest method to obtain Beta 6, which can be attained by opening Settings -> General -> Software Update. The user may also download iOS 5b6 IPSW files directly on the iOS dev Center.

The final version of iOS 5 will be released in the Fall which is likely to be alongside the iPhone 5 in October, and if the pre-order rumors are to be believed, then a little earlier.

Elsewhere, Apple has also released a new beta version of iTunes 10.5 and a new preview version of Xcode 4.2 to support the release. Apple has also rolled out a new developer seed of OS X 10.7.2 (Build 11C40), iCloud for OS X Lion beta 8, and a new build of Safari 5.1.1, all to be used for testing out iCloud, on the Mac side.

The company, however, has disabled Nike+ syncing with the latest beta version of iTunes for iOS 5 users, according to a Mac Rumors report.