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

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.

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.  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



1. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

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

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..

9. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 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.

14. T12RYK

Posts: 849; Member since: Jun 10, 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 phonesI'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!

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.

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!

21. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

miz you are AWESOME !!

33. twenti7

Posts: 152; Member since: Jul 09, 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 ;)

17. ayephoner

Posts: 858; Member since: Jun 09, 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.

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.

22. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

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

25. anirudhshirsat97

Posts: 408; Member since: May 24, 2011

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

28. wassup

Posts: 565; Member since: Jun 23, 2011

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

31. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 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...

37. wassup

Posts: 565; Member since: Jun 23, 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.

40. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 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

34. twenti7

Posts: 152; Member since: Jul 09, 2011

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

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.

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.

10. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 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.

18. phrick50 unregistered

You drank the Kool Aid

23. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 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...

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 flash support 5. no jawa support 6.cant watch youtube 7.No file transfer smart dialing FM radio free apps, unless jailbreak but do jailbreak no warranty ) AND ... hardware function i.e. ( extenal card slot 2.can't change batt USB port HDMI port 5.stupid Bluetooth ios~ios only 6.stupid video call ios~ios only 7.stupid micro sim flash 9.poor reception 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

5. idk unregistered

Android is glitchy as s**t.

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???

7. kashyap88anirudh

Posts: 2; Member since: Jul 12, 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. !!!

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.

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.

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!

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?

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