Here’s What Is New In iOS 5 Beta 3 [Live Updating!]

Here’s What Is New In iOS 5 Beta 3 [Live Updating!]

We’re just starting to dive into Beta 3, but we thought we’d start a thread to catalogue everything new that we discover in the latest dev previous of iOS 5. We’ll be keeping this updated throughout the day.

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• Most people are reporting that iOS 5 Beta 3 is faster and less buggy.

• New ringtone listings for the iPhone: Tweet and Sherwood Forrest. These aren’t functional right now.

Bug?: It looks like you can’t change your ringtone to anything. Even if you switch it to the new ones or old ones, the default ringtone is all that plays when you get a call.

• Fixes for AirPlay mirroring, where the AppleTV’s screensaver would cause performance to degrade.

• Fixed an issue where the Reminders application did not send notifications upon the entry or exit of a location if there is no specific date associated with the location-based reminder.

• iMessage is not compatible in Beta 3 with iMessage from Beta 1, but it is compatible with Beta 2.

• Big speed improvement loading up Camera.app on our test iPhone 4.

• Reminders.app got a new icon…

Here’s What Is New In iOS 5 Beta 3 [Live Updating!]

• New Location Services screen at start-up more clearly describes the setting for users at first boot: “Location Services uses GPS along with crowd-sourced Wi-Fi hotspot and cell tower locations to determine your approximate location.”

• FaceTime may still be broken, as the FaceTime icon is still missing from Settings. Update: FaceTime isn’t working on our iPhone 4, but it’s there on our iPad 2. Weird. Update 2: Duh. You FaceTime from the Address Book on the iPhone 4. False alarm. FaceTime does still seem to be disabled in iOS 5, though. .

• iPhone 3GS now gets opening logo animation. — Thanks, Thad!

• On-phone setup sequence is more polished with more sections and animations. — Thanks, Thad!

• We’re hearing reports that you can now set custom text tones, and they work!

Here’s What Is New In iOS 5 Beta 3 [Live Updating!]

• New Location Services menu in Settings. [via MacStories.

• We’re hearing reports that iTunes Sync is a lot more reliable now with iOS 5 Beta 3 and iTunes 10.5 Beta 3. Lots less syncing errors.

Bug: Reader Alex reports that iOS 5 Beta 3 thinks his white iPad 2 is a black one.

• Software Update now shows what version you have installed.

• There’s now an option under General Settings for “iTunes W-Fi Sync” which is an entry name change.

• Voice Roaming can now be turned on and off!

• Clear Cookies and Data has been added back in Safari settings. There’s also a new Advanced menu.

• Music.app now has a “Store” button for shopping in the iTunes Store.

• You can create a new Mailbox directly from the Mailbox app by tapping the “New Mailbox” button.

• New Assistive Touch on iPad feature allows you to pop up a menu on any page allowing you to emulate functions like shaking, rotating, etc. More info here.

Live updating! More to come!

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  • DrM47145

    New build number~!

  • Brandon Dillon

    Is FaceTime working again?

  • bplano

    Is it just me, or can you set a “custom” text tone? 

  • azzyboy

    You’re actually wrong. Reading the release notes it says “NEW: iMessage beta 3 will be unable to communicate with iMessage users on beta 1. It works between beta 3 and beta 2.” 

    Just a little FYI  :)

  • Roby145

    Facetime Works Again… That’s something :)

  • Jeff Gargas

    Wrong about iMessages. This direct from the change log:  “iMessage beta 3 will be unable to communicate with iMessage users on beta 1. It works between beta 3 and beta 2.”

  • ericlo

    LOL. “Live updating” for the ultra-apple geek. Most of them have already plopped down $99 just to have access to the build without being a developer.

  • Joseph Davis

    Very unlikely but did beta 3 fix the netflix bug at all?

  • ericlo

    Finally! That would be awesome.

  • Brandon Dillon

    For me, none of the 3rd party video apps would work in beta 2, so hopefully so.

  • brownlee

    Thanks, corrected. We’re trying to do this post simultaneously, so we’re likely to make a few mistakes.

  • brownlee

    What unit is it working? It’s not working on our iPhone 4,

  • azzyboy

    Cool, just thought i’d mention :D Also, iTunes sync is much better (last beta was sync unhappy… errors here there and everywhere!) 

  • Steve LeVine

    Custom text tones is supposed to be a feature in iOS 5 just like you can make custom ring tones.

  • Alex

    itunes recognized my white ipad as a black one…just for the record..

  • randall

    Actually most people just pay a dev or a third-party site a few bucks (10-15) to be linked to a dev account since they can have around 100 devices per account. Don’t think anyone on here is stupid enough to actually drop $99 just for a beta..

  • Brandon Dillon

    Does anyone know if you are able to upload beta 1 or 2 to your devices from the new iTunes beta, or do you have to downgrade? I’ve been having to do various betas on different iOS devices.

  • randall

    I’m really digging the new sliders (i.e. System Services picture) on iOS 5, look so much more “Apple” like than the previous rectangular ones.

  • Joseph Davis

    I’ll post up here if it works unless someone beats me to it….installing now…

  • Andy Creigh

    am downloading now dont know if you guys are on a mac but i am 0.0

  • Roby145

    It’s working on my iPhone 4…

  • Andy Creigh

    i hope in this update that safari wont crash and i really hope mobile videos have the controls back will post updates for you guys for shure 

  • Andy Creigh

    and im lucky because my dad is a dev

  • Tom McGrath

    I read that above, and I missed out the “reports that iOS 5 Beta 3″ bit, so I read it as “Reader Alex thinks his white iPad is a black one”. Ah, my brain, what are you like.

  • Dan Bridgland

    Updating the library on itunes is dramatically faster, my library is stored on my NAS, previous updates have taken hours to complete the post install update,   the latest version completes in a couple of minutes,   for a moment I got a task of how fast thunderbolt will be – Fantastic!!!!!

  • Andy Creigh

    omfg i really really was hoping that this download would be OTA but oh well 

  • Kevin Olson

    removed

  • Kevin Olson

    removed

  • appledrunk

    UDID Activations here if anyone is interested

    http://appledrunk.com/udid-act

  • Andy Creigh

    13 min till showtime its making me so mad

  • SELOC_disqus

    setting > general > usage
    now shows memory usage by app and iCloud usage

  • maxel

    Is this legit ? 
    http://cdn.piculo.us/AON9c85b4
    the user claim “There’s a little button in the bottom right hand corner of the dock, much like the physical home button, than when pressed, brings up this. It allows access to invoke custom gestures (THEY WORK!) and it simulates the home button, and “Device” gives access to volume control, mute, orientation, etc. “Favorites” are your custom gestures.” (posted on engadget)

  • norfolkmustard

    setting > general > usage
    now shows memory usage by app and iCloud usage.
    In the entry for each app, you can delete individual files the app is storing.

  • Andy Creigh

    here goes now updating will post updates for you guys

  • ericlo

    Ah yes, very true

  • gurnam

    IT WORKS!!! At least ABC Player works so assuming Netflix does too (still restoring from cloud).

  • Jazam2010

    Nope. Still won’t work.

  • gurnam

    Can’t seem to verify this… nothing in the bottom right corner of the dock.

  • AWholeLotOfNothin

    Are the Video Apps working on beta 3?  Netflix, HBO GO, etc?

  • gurnam

    Netflix did not work for me!

  • Joseph Davis

    Excerpt from the Netflix Description of Version 1.3 

    “Full support for iOS 4.3.3 and 4.2.8 (Verizon). iOS 5 Beta releases are NOT supported.”

  • Jazam2010

    Volume shutter button is now enabled on the iPad.

  • rosenkrieger

    Wrong – I can change Ringtones on two iPhone 4s without any problems
    Wrong – Facetime is also working fine on two iPhone 4s mine and the wifes

  • appledrunk

    UDID Activations here guys:

    http://appledrunk.com/udid-act

  • rosenkrieger

    Yes. I got two iPhone 4 GSM – both are working fine with Facetime now.

  • Mind O-o

    what about e-mail signatures for each mail account?

  • Roby145

    Oh… Ya… There are also new Wallpapers :)

  • Samuel Hughes

    I really wish they would migrate the wifi-sync to windows customers soon. I was hoping they would with this release but it still is MAC only, those bastards lol.

  • Johnny

    My iPhone 4 has got the adaptive touch thing showing…. it won’t go away.

  • Andy Creigh

    awesome just amazing from what i can see location services now can use cell towers on an ipod touch man oh man i have been waiting for this

  • andy creigh

    ipod touch 4 facetime now works newsstand still isnt up hope that will be in next beta release

  • andy creigh

    that is known as assistive touch in ios 5 beta version 1 and 2 it wasnt enabled you can enable and disable it in settings>general>accessibility>assistive touch

  • andy creigh

    ipod touch working fine on it 

  • theoPhobia

    Not sure if this is new, or I just never noticed it, but Safari on iPad has a field above the keyboard called “Find on Page” that only appears when you have the cursor in the browser search field. Previously, it was just in the list of search results when you start typing (like the iPhone)… this might have been in another beta and I just never noticed it. Anyone remember?

  • Ryan Regalado

    Facetime over 3G???

  • pkaine

    Would like to do this, can u direct me to a site?

  • Matt Oliva ?

    its also working just fine on mine.  did you try just reloading beta 3 on it again? i know when i first loaded beta 1 the phone was missing alot of stuff so when i did it again it worked perfectly. 

  • Matt Oliva ?

    nope. 

  • Matt Oliva ?

    no chance, theres no data receiver in your ipod for cell tower data. 

  • Matt Oliva ?

    nope.

  • Matt Oliva ?

    that wont be around till ios 5 is public. 

  • HeyitsLinda

    Check on eBay I bought mine there for $4

  • Brandon Pacheco

    go into settings/general/accessibility/assistive touch and turn it off

  • Martay Hehe

    Fail. Anyone tried listening to previews in the itune store, with an iphone 4.

    The sound either works, or half works, or sounds like really bad 5.1 through 2 headphones.

  • Martay Hehe

    Surely they will want to test it first.

  • acondiff

    Does music.app have crossfading between songs yet? I know the iPod nano has it but its never been included in iOS. Feedback would be appreciated.

  • JoshObra

    Engadget says that there is no more grids on the iPad. Could place the app icon anywhere now.

    (From a jailbroken iPad 2 with iOS 5 beta 3)

  • Tom Beech

    “You can create a new Mailbox directly from the Mailbox app by tapping the “New Mailbox” button.” This was in Beta 2

    ” On-phone setup sequence is more polished with more sections and animations.” is the same old apple logo?

  • Shawn P. Cosgrove

    Heres a good bug in iOS5 Beta 3, Settings/Accessibility/White On Black, turns on and inverts screen colors. Then when I exit settings and go and select settings again to go back in and turn it off, Settings Crashes and now the White on Black cannot be turned off. Great. Shut Phone off and restarted and settings is still crashing. Looks like I will have to do a restore when I get home I guess.

    **Update, I let the device sit idle for a few minutes and tried the settings icon and it did not crash where I was then able to revert the settings. That’s a strange one**

  • Shawn P. Cosgrove

    They changed bits of the streaming API, so Netflix will need to release an update.

  • K Nuno Nugroho

    hi there, is anyone had problem with yahoo messenger too, mine got very screwed up, is app compatibility problem? it havent any changes since beta1 thx :D

  • K Nuno Nugroho

    ouw, maybe someone already mention it , Notification center had new in app gesture, it just pop a little when u accidentally slide the top, it lot less disturbing when u played fruit ninja :D

  • Andy Creigh

    no it says in the location services that it uses GPS along with crowd sourced wifi hotspots and CELL TOWER LOCATIONS to determine approximate location

  • Andy Creigh

    because it isnt enabled 

  • Andy Creigh

    im still having issues with imovie and splice whenever i try to input a video ugh sooo annoying i think they changed the way the ios devices save their videos a little digging around for devs should bring an update hopefully 

  • Edward de Brincat

    Would be nice if they included some double click of any button to take you to your favorites contact list.  Similar to when we could double click the home button before multitasking was introduced.

  • max stoller

    when you go to software update under settings>general>software update it says the version (5.0) and not just that no updates are available

  • max stoller

    NO ur gay, a fucking ipod doesnt use cell phone towers…it might say that but if u think its true youre so fucking high

  • max stoller

    stop posting so much…damn and ur safari crashed cause u jailbroke and didnt boot tethered dumb bitch

  • Casey Kinsey

    I agree with Martay, they will test an OTA update at least once before the OS goes public.

  • Andy Creigh

    supposedly you can but it hasent been implemented yet

  • Andy Creigh

    as in i didnt mean it used the cell service i know it can not do that im not dumb but it will use the locations of towers according to the settings thats what im getting from it and it works maps also can be used offline for select areas it does work

  • arya

    it doesn’t do that dude. and plus if it didnt have wifi it wouldnt be able to load the map info anyway.

  • mai duc chung

    The usual idea is that you would use NFC to set up the link between the two devices and then do an automatic hand over to a different protocol for doing the actual transfer of data – eg Bluetooth,iphone 5

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