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  • iOS 5.1 Beta 3 Released Today to Developers

    iOS 5.1 Beta 3 can be downloaded and installed by developers today.

    If you're an iOS developer and you're rocking an iPhone that has been registered for development and currently running an iOS 5.1 beta, you can open up the OTA (over the air) update section in your Settings application right now and download and install the new iOS 5.1 beta 3. You can download the firmware through Apple's developer portal in the developer section of their Web Site if for some reason an OTA update is inconvenient for you, or if you want to hold onto the firmware file.

    iOS 5.1 promises to bring not only better battery life, but also improvements to the functionality of iCloud. For example, with iOS 5.1, you will be able to delete individual photos from your Photo Stream, where right now you would need to actually delete all of them and go through the pain-staking process of setting up Photo Stream again across all devices and start fresh with nothing in it. This feature was brought to us with the last beta release of iOS 5.1, but it continues through iOS 5.1 beta 3. We are excited for this feature because it was welcomed by everyone who kept complaining that their personal photos wouldn't disappear from the public Photo Stream which was viewable from any device that you had linked.

    For iPhone 4S users, the, "Enable 3G" toggle will mysteriously be put back into the network settings in iOS 5.1 beta 3. With the release of the iPhone 4S, it was made public that you couldn't toggle 3G off to enable E (Edge/2G) to save battery life. The iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS had the feature, even after upgrading to iOS 5. It was strange that the iPhone 4S was suddenly absent of the feature and it left many people infuriated that they didn't have the ability to turn 3G off. To make matters worse, the iPhone 4S had bad battery life as it was.

    The last large improvement for iOS 5.1 beta 3 is that it holds information for Siri to support more languages. Apple promised that they would improve the useability of Siri for other languages at the unveiling of the iPhone 4S as they had promised, Siri was in, "beta." We see information pertaining to the use of the Japanese language appearing in iOS 5.1 beta 3 but we expect much more to be arriving in either future betas or when Apple finally releases iOS 5.1 as a whole.

    The update is for iPad, iPod touch, and iPhone.

    What are you waiting for? Get downloading developers!

    Sources: AppleInsider
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iOS 5.1 Beta 3 Released Today to Developers started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 30 Comments
    1. plnkeye21's Avatar
      plnkeye21 -
      If it doesn't fix the blasted caller echo issue then I don't even care. Instead of adding features I wished they'd address bugs that have been apparent.
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      It seems like the development of iOS and iDevice hardware is slowing down. I don't know how Apple is going to compete if this continues.
    1. T76's Avatar
      T76 -
      if updating to 5.1 will i be able to jailbreak it later or not.if its not ill leave it alone
    1. keenpois0n's Avatar
      keenpois0n -
      last time around, at 4.1, the jailbreak that came with that weilded a bootrom exploit, let's hope the jb for 5.1 will also have a bootrom exploit for a5 (and even possibly secure a4 and below a permanent jailbreak for every firmware, just like the old bootrom 3GS!) *
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      I've heard that i0n1c is working on the iOS 5.1 untethered jailbreak, so all should be good if that is true.
    1. dopeyrat's Avatar
      dopeyrat -
      Quote Originally Posted by T76 View Post
      if updating to 5.1 will i be able to jailbreak it later or not.if its not ill leave it alone
      if your rocking the corona/redsn0w 5.0.1 untether then stay where u are.
    1. celeron's Avatar
      celeron -
      Quote Originally Posted by T76 View Post
      if updating to 5.1 will i be able to jailbreak it later or not.if its not ill leave it alone
      You'll have to wait for the jailbreak. Just like 5.0.1
    1. broncosi's Avatar
      broncosi -
      I wonder how many more major firmware updates until Siri is released to the other devices
    1. celeron's Avatar
      celeron -
      Quote Originally Posted by broncosi View Post
      I wonder how many more major firmware updates until Siri is released to the other devices
      You mean released to other devices by Apple? If so, thats very unlikely
    1. neore0's Avatar
      neore0 -
      I really dought it will ever be released for any of the other devices.
    1. ydhuldhoya's Avatar
      ydhuldhoya -
      Quote Originally Posted by plnkeye21 View Post
      If it doesn't fix the blasted caller echo issue then I don't even care. Instead of adding features I wished they'd address bugs that have been apparent.
      I hope the Bluetooth issue in carkits where the connection keeps getting dropped is resolved in 5.1. It's impossible to use right now.
    1. Moi1970's Avatar
      Moi1970 -
      Doesn't drop the bluetooth (Parrot MKi9200) in my car and in fact my 4S and 5.01 is the first time I've been able to use the car kit to initiate streaming bluetooth music from the parrot itself. My old 3GS and previous iOS releases in 8/10 cases meant I had to initiate streaming from the phone itself.

      The main thing I'm hoping for is Siri to support looking up businesses in the UK
    1. klouud's Avatar
      klouud -
      A logical move for Apple to make is to open up widget development for the notifications window and more importantly, enable a customizable quick toggles widget. If they did that then 50% of why I jailbreak would be taken care of.

      the other 50% is because of themes - this also would be a super easy fix. Themes would also generate an enormous amount of revenue for Apple as well as expert theme builders in the iOS community - and by expert I largely mean the guys over on MacThemes and Deviant art - now those are real themes!

      tim
    1. Amadomon's Avatar
      Amadomon -
      Quote Originally Posted by neore0 View Post
      I really dought it will ever be released for any of the other devices.
      Oh, really? Imagine telling your web-connected Apple TV, "Play 'Law & Order', season 3." Are you interested now?
    1. Christinamg82's Avatar
      Christinamg82 -
      Is there a way to get added to someones dev account ??? I'd like to try out the beta iOS dm me or reply
    1. thevmax's Avatar
      thevmax -
      Quote Originally Posted by plnkeye21 View Post
      if it doesn't fix the blasted caller echo issue then i don't even care. Instead of adding features i wished they'd address bugs that have been apparent.
      agreed...100%
    1. The6uest's Avatar
      The6uest -
      I guess this means iOS 5.1 will be available for everyone soon huh? I better go ahead and upgrade my iPad 2 from ~4.3/4 to 5.0.1 in case 5.1 breaks the JB that pod2g is working on.

      Speaking of, pod2g has a couple new tweets about the JB but nothing about when it may be ready.
    1. sepelcure's Avatar
      sepelcure -
      My battery is draining noticeably faster and my phone is hotter now that I upgraded to 5.1 beta 3.😢
    1. sepelcure's Avatar
      sepelcure -
      Quote Originally Posted by sepelcure View Post
      My battery is draining noticeably faster and my phone is hotter now that I upgraded to 5.1 beta 3.😢
      Related to 5.1 beta 2 that is....which was so much better!
    1. celeron's Avatar
      celeron -
      Quote Originally Posted by sepelcure View Post
      My battery is draining noticeably faster and my phone is hotter now that I upgraded to 5.1 beta 3.😢
      Wait for thr public release. Maybe that will be adressed.