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iOS 5 beta 3 is out for devs: what's new?

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iOS 5 beta 3 is out for devs: what's new?
iOS 5 is getting closer to its official release in September as the third beta has now been released for developers to play with and here's what's new:

- Beta 3 improves the overall speed,
- It's less buggy,
- You can set custom text tones,
- You can disable voice and data roaming.

iOS 5 beta 3 is out for devs: what's new?
Assistive touch features for the iPad are unlocked. That's a new functionality allowing you to tap on a corner to get all gesture actions if for some reason you can't perform them. The third beta also brings improved location-based service controls with much more detailed functions, so you can select whether you want things like location-specific ads or your device setting a time zone. 

There are some minor additions as well. First of all the iPod app has been rebranded to Music and beta 3 prompts you that movies and TV shows have been moved to the Videos app. 
iOS 5 beta 3 is out for devs: what's new?
An advanced options page has been added to Safari and you can now create a new mailbox within the Mail application.

It's a beta, so there are some bugs as well. First of all, iMessage doesn't play well with beta 1 devices, while all custom ringtones you assign are not played, so instead you always get the default tone. The third beta of iOS 5 works with the iPad, iPad 2, the iPhone 4, the 3th and 4th-gen iPod touch, and the Apple TV.

source: MacRumors via Gizmodo

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posted on 12 Jul 2011, 03:14 6

1. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


Already better than Android and it's only in Beta form lol.

posted on 12 Jul 2011, 03:51 7

2. ilia1986 (unregistered)


lol you're an idiot iFanatic lol

No Widgets.

No live wallpapers.

No zillion other features that Android has.

Less is NOT more. It's LESS.

It's because of people like you that Apple doesn't invest in iOS..

posted on 12 Jul 2011, 05:44 5

9. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


Lol, like you Phandroids can talk. Let's go through that list of yours and point out how iOS doesn't need those half baked features.

No Widgets.
-right, because widgets are soo useful other than be battery and memory hogs. Yeah right, I have no use for widgets on iOS.

No live wallpapers.
-not even worth having since they drain battery life

No zillion other features that Android has.
-like bloatware, rogue apps and trojans, fragmentation, slow updates, etc. Yeah lol, iOS is better off.

Less is NOT more. It's LESS.
-Less problems, more support, better functionality lol

It's because of people like you that Apple doesn't invest in iOS..
-LOL, that comment right there is enough for you to do stand up comedy.

posted on 12 Jul 2011, 07:24 4

14. T12RYK (Posts: 98; Member since: 10 Jun 2011)


Apples stuck in the past with their outdated iOS, I can't wait to get rid of my iPhone and get either an Android or WP7 phone.

For their latest update they had to copy features from other phones

I'd rather have all that extra functionality and less battery life coz at least you have to option to switch batteries if your phones dies instead of having to carry a charger around with you all day!

There's a reason so many ppl resort to Jailbreaking their IOS devices and thats because Apple just doesn't offer as much functionality as other mobile OS's!

posted on 12 Jul 2011, 22:37

36. medalaster1 (unregistered)


All the people who talk like this don't own an iPhone they have a droid and they speak on giving up their iPhone(they don't have one)and get an android, just to show that android ph is better than apple I.

posted on 12 Jul 2011, 08:13 5

15. Laurynas (unregistered)


Then why you need smartphone, just use any simple phone like a NOKIA 3310 or any similar...

P.S. Talking about malware, there is also many types of malware on Symbian and iOS operating systems!

posted on 12 Jul 2011, 11:09 1

21. gallitoking (Posts: 4690; Member since: 17 May 2011)


miz you are AWESOME !!

posted on 12 Jul 2011, 19:14

33. twenti7 (Posts: 152; Member since: 09 Jul 2011)


youre absolutely right. as long as iSheep are as ignorant as you, iOS doesn't need these "half baked" features.

"right, because widgets are soo useful..."
actually they are. you might not personally like them, but that doesn't change the fact that many people do. in fact, I have 11 widgets between the 7 homescreens on my EVO, and because I use my phone for everything, it is so much more convienient and faster to use the widget than having icons cluttering my homescreen.

"[live wallpapers] not even worth having since they drain battery life"
I personally agree, but many people like them. at least Android gives us a choice.

"less problems, more support, better functionality"
sure there's less problems, but android has at least the same amount support. probably more. there are dozons of forums out there with developers and average-joe users sharing their knowledge about the platform. and sure, iOS functions better than low- and mid-range phones. I've always admired how crisp and smooth iOS operates, but with the EVO 3D and SGS2 out, iOS is no longer king of that hill.

"LOL, that comment right there is enough for you to do stand up comedy"
it's funny because it's true ;)

posted on 12 Jul 2011, 09:59 1

17. ayephoner (Posts: 837; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)


fandroids are so much worse than "isheep". i own a droid x, it is MUCH less smooth than an iphone 4. functionality and personalization are important enough for some people to look past the sleek OS. not others. get over yourself if you think you've honestly figured out which OS is better.

posted on 12 Jul 2011, 10:34 2

20. ilia1986 (unregistered)


True... which is why you never heard me saying Android was better than iOS in 2010..

But now - phones like Samsung Galaxy S2 - and the Evo 3D - perform equally as smooth as an iPhone 4. And they run the latest version of Android.

Things have changed. Android is now just as smooth as iOS on high-end devices in 2011.

Which is why - as of now - iOS sucks compared to Android feature-wise.

posted on 12 Jul 2011, 11:14

22. gallitoking (Posts: 4690; Member since: 17 May 2011)


the lastes version Android is Ice Cream Sandwich and none of those phone mention run ICS...

posted on 12 Jul 2011, 11:30

25. anirudhshirsat97 (Posts: 396; Member since: 24 May 2011)


lol...what a comment...i applaud you for your brilliance..

posted on 12 Jul 2011, 13:09 1

28. wassup (Posts: 565; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)


ice cream sandwich isn't announced yet, so it's not available yet on phones

posted on 12 Jul 2011, 15:37

31. gallitoking (Posts: 4690; Member since: 17 May 2011)


it has been announced.. they say it is a mix between gingerbread and honeycomb... they just take forever to sent it out.. I mean we stil have smaortphones running Froyo????? like the 4G T_Bolt thast just came out a few months ago????... thats what I dont like bout google.. they send stuff half bake.... just so they can brag that are updating... and wil be about 2 years before 80 % percent of smart phones run ice cream sandwich and by then it will be the android Lime...

posted on 13 Jul 2011, 04:08

37. wassup (Posts: 565; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)


well you know the ice cream sandwich statue hasn't been put in the google compound, when they put it there, that's when it's going to be released.

posted on 13 Jul 2011, 06:25

40. protozeloz (Posts: 5378; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


Ice cream sandwich is not out yet they just teased it on the IO but there is no actual info on the OS, no screenshot not features no change sheet no nothing yet but what you already mentioned. Anything anyone could say its speculation

posted on 12 Jul 2011, 19:27

34. twenti7 (Posts: 152; Member since: 09 Jul 2011)


latest in developement, yes, but Ice Cream Sandwich isn't even out yet. therefore NOT the latest version of Android.

posted on 12 Jul 2011, 04:17 3

3. 3g (unregistered)


@ilia1986..hahahha,nyc but remember everyone has got his/her taste.some pple dnt see widgets as important as you do.livewallpapers are just to beautify your phone not a functionality.jailbroken iphones have got video wallpapers which is very cool.its all about choice man.

posted on 12 Jul 2011, 04:23 2

4. ilia1986 (unregistered)


It's not about taste. You don't wanna use Widgets? Don't! You don't wanna use live wallpapers? Don't! You don't have to! Heck, you can have an Android skin that replicates iOS EXACTLY. But if you do wanna use Widgets - you CAN. Same for live wallpapers. IT'S POSSIBLE. And because IT'S POSSIBLE ON ANDROID - AND NOT IN iOS - ANDROID IS BETTER.

Simple as that.

More options = more = better = more useful = better overall.

I really don't know how else can I convey it.

posted on 12 Jul 2011, 05:46 3

10. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


So you're saying iOS should have a bunch of half baked features that Android has just to have them even though people won't use them?

That's like me going out and spend my $1500 on a bunch of high PC features and only use internet and email.

posted on 12 Jul 2011, 10:07 1

18. phrick50 (unregistered)


You drank the Kool Aid

posted on 12 Jul 2011, 11:16 1

23. gallitoking (Posts: 4690; Member since: 17 May 2011)


I have the Droid X and have none Widget runnings or use a live wallpaper... and could care less about them.. to be honest...

posted on 12 Jul 2011, 11:41

26. watzphone (unregistered)


yeh.. u r right. but the price for ios not cheap as compare to android, it should be half a price compare to android b'cos it lack of many

software features i.e (1.not support widget 2. not support live wallpaper 3.can't delete single call record 4.no flash support 5. no jawa support 6.cant watch youtube 7.No file transfer 8.no smart dialing 9.no FM radio 10.no free apps, unless jailbreak but do jailbreak no warranty )
AND ...
hardware function i.e. (1.no extenal card slot 2.can't change batt 3.no USB port 4.no HDMI port 5.stupid Bluetooth ios~ios only 6.stupid video call ios~ios only 7.stupid micro sim 8.no flash 9.poor reception 10.no stereo specker)
So... Apple earn so much $$ from u all, now u know you are the ... follower.
nokia E7 n8 even better but the price much cheaper then iphone
above is my 2 cts

posted on 12 Jul 2011, 04:46 3

5. idk (unregistered)


Android is glitchy as s**t.

posted on 12 Jul 2011, 05:15 1

6. eureka8888 (unregistered)


You can set custom text tones,---> hehehhee, i can set it on my nokia 5110... that is 1998 or 1997... apple 12 years behind. and they are making lot of news about it???

posted on 12 Jul 2011, 05:19 2

7. kashyap88anirudh (Posts: 1; Member since: 12 Jul 2011)


@illa1986 You can only use an iOS skin. Not iOS functionality and ease of use. Live wallpaper is not a "Star" functionality in Android!!!. If you do something that is not usefull its no big deal!.

iOS has less functionalities that are perfect. Not like android which has loads of features which are not perfect.

If you know , Android has still not got decent copy/paste solution. !!!

posted on 12 Jul 2011, 05:48 2

11. ilia1986 (unregistered)


Riiiight.. iOS is perfect... Right..

Anything else? See this is why I said - and I say it now again:

It's because of people like you that Apple doesn't invest in iOS..

And why should they? When all the iFanatics think that their OS is perfect.

You can stay with your "perfect" OS buddy. In fact you can ROT in it, as Android continues to dominate the planet. Despite the fact that I own an iPhone 4 - I will NOT stay behind technologically and feature-wise just because a horde of iSheep thinks that iOS is perfect.

posted on 12 Jul 2011, 11:25 1

24. - (unregistered)


It's not that iOS is perfect, it's just that the majority of the consumers out there buy iPhones and are COMPLETELY satisfied with what it offers. Apple is improving on its OS slowly because they don't see Android as much of a threat, YET.

However, I do feel that Android has potential if all of their phone are like the GalaxyS II. By that time, who knows what Apple or Microsoft will have achieved with their mobile OS.

But once again, to each its own. If you really think for one second that you can determine which OS is better, you're really f**king ignorant.

posted on 12 Jul 2011, 12:37 1

27. ilia1986 (unregistered)


Thats exactly the problem!! People are satisfied with what iOS has - and they don't care about extra features - which in turn causes Apple not to care either!

That's the whole goddamn problem right there, dammit!

posted on 12 Jul 2011, 14:57

29. derp (unregistered)


"People are satisfied with what iOS has - and they don't care about extra features"

does logic completely escape you? explain to me how this creates a problem?

posted on 12 Jul 2011, 15:07

30. ilia1986 (unregistered)


Of course this creates a problem!

If all iOS users blindly love their OS - they don't complain to Apple about lack of features - and nevertheless continue to buy Apple products no matter what - Apple has no reason to actually try and improve iOS, save for some minor tweaks here and there.

So yes - the key to receiving better products - be it in software or hardware - is always to be critical about their shortcomings. Saying that iOS is perfect as it is just gives Apple more motivation to DO NOTHING to improve it!

posted on 12 Jul 2011, 16:56

32. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


Why is it a problem if people are happy with their phones. Not everyone has the maturity of a 12 year old and feels the need to "pimp their phone" with live wall papers and widgets.

posted on 12 Jul 2011, 19:37 1

35. twenti7 (Posts: 152; Member since: 09 Jul 2011)


so to you, if somebody who regularly takes their car to the track decides to buy coilovers and racing tires they're just "pimping their car"?

I use widgets partly because they look much better than having random icons cluttering my homescreens, but mostly because they make everything simpler. and I use my phone for everything.

now, for the first part of what you posted, "why is it a problem if people are happy with their phones" you're completely right. iOS is phenominal for providing a quick, smooth, simplified interface. but for many people that isn't enough. I have 11 widgets on the 7 homescreens of my EVO, and I couldn't be happier with my phone. sure, it lags a touch more than my buddy's iPhone 4, but where he likes the simple format, I prefer the usability.

posted on 12 Jul 2011, 05:25 1

8. 1701nino (unregistered)


Iphone is a much safer phone no viruses and infected apps just like on android, sgh widgets and live wallpapers and you think thats why you're better then ios, tell me then how come every time there's news about apple and iphone you fandroids start to talk s**t about apple and the iphone.Let me tell because deep inside you're jelaous about the succes and sales of the platform. Did I get you there a little bit :D:D:D

posted on 12 Jul 2011, 07:19 2

13. protozeloz (Posts: 5378; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


Its the same with ifans, as you can see the first comment...

posted on 12 Jul 2011, 05:57 2

12. MarcCraw (unregistered)


"3th" lmao

posted on 12 Jul 2011, 09:24 1

16. cristh (unregistered)


all things that apple is doing.. android had.
like notification and Real Multitasking.
widgets is another level and very easy to use. like your contacts for example or group of contacts, time weather, direct access to wifi, 4g data, roaming. etc......
all those things that apple is doing right now, Android had.
and is not buggy or slow like de IOS 5 BETA.

note: i am not saying that IOS is a bad S.O system.. but for me Android has more advantage in many things that IOS. and Im not talking about apps... thats another theme.

Sorry for my bad bay English... LOL ;)

posted on 12 Jul 2011, 10:24 1

19. rotary cell (unregistered)


"iPod app has been rebranded to Music "

GREAT! Now they will trademark "Music" and sue every one else.

posted on 13 Jul 2011, 05:02

38. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


lot of people here who're ignorant about Apple's well earned success. I mean, there's no secret that iOS is infinitely times better than Android.

posted on 13 Jul 2011, 05:32 1

39. ilia1986 (unregistered)


Right, that must be the reason why Android has 50% more market-share worldwide at half the time..

posted on 14 Jul 2011, 01:34

45. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


Considering anyone can take Android and slap it on a crappy smartphone, I'd say so.

posted on 13 Jul 2011, 07:01

41. cats with jobs (unregistered)


Huge rant in this comment between fanboys. It's so childish. People not realising that a lot of this alleged war is just subjective. For example widgets don't make the OS better if u don't need them but at the same time being given the choice is better. I myself love windows phone. Just my personal preference, it suits the way I work and most importantly its a beautiful operating system that's super smooth. If its not for u then fine, just like if ios or Android doesn't float your boat then just go with what u like and stop hurling abuse at people for living something u don't.

posted on 13 Jul 2011, 07:18

42. ilia1986 (unregistered)


You're right, but that's not the problem. the problem is a bunch of idiots who think that their OS is perfect - and say that features which are not on it - like widgets for example - are not needed because "No-one uses them" and "They are useless". Because these fanatics keep saying these things - and because they continue to buy the products - the company which makes them hears all this and thinks:

"Hmm - looks like everyone's in love with our OS. No need to invest money in research, development and innovation. Let's just put out a few minor tweaks to show that we keep supporting that OS".

This is the BS I'm trying to get rid of - people being so in love with the current state of their products - that they claim they don't need any extra features - thus prompting the company to indeed listen - and not give any - thus hurting those consumers who do want extra features for their OS - but end up with none due to this BS.

I assure you that if people suddenly stopped buying iPhones in early 2008 - copy, cut, paste, video recording, multi-tasking, and all the other things would have been there IN 2009 ALREADY. And don't BS me that Apple needs time to do all that their special way. When people don't like and don't buy your product - you invest money and time in it in order to improve it - so that they will. But when a zillion iFanatics continue to buy your products - no matter what - you don't have ANY incentive to do that.

posted on 13 Jul 2011, 11:08 1

43. Watzphone (unregistered)


agree with u. then apple will earn more and more again because of the stupid follower continued to buy over price product

posted on 13 Jul 2011, 21:37

44. IphoneUser (unregistered)


Just saying, ive only had an iphone for about 3 months. I changed from a nokia and iphones are quite amazing. But saying something has more features doesnt make them better. I've seen many people with androids, and to me, most of them seem to lag behind the iphone. Also all of you are comparing the latest androids to the iphone 4 which is a year old. So when iOS 5 and iphone 4S/5 are released, it is guaranteed to have more features.

I'm a developer for both android and iphone, and ive found that,

more features that aren't significant = less time working on other things to make them better = more bugs or the quality is lower = unsatisfied buyers.

Also the iphone has been around longer than your particular android, so right there it shows that the iphone has a type of standard that other phones still dont have.

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