iOS 5 Beta 3 Brings Performance Improvements, Additional Location Controls, Voice Roaming Toggle & More

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

iOS 5 Beta 3 Brings Performance Improvements, Additional Location Controls, Voice Roaming Toggle & More

By IphoneHacks
Folks at It’s All Tech and Cult of Mac have published the list of changes and improvements that have been discovered in iOS 5beta 3 so far.

iOS 5
Apple has just seeded iOS 5 beta 3 to developers of iOS Developer program for iPhoneiPadiPod Touch andApple TV 2G.

Performance improvements:
Developers are reporting that iOS 5 beta 3 is a lot snappier than iOS 5 beta 1 and beta 2. For example: Camera app loads a lot faster in iOS beta 3.
Additional Location Controls:
iOS 5 beta 3 brings number of additional location controls for iOS device users such as:
  • Users get an option to enable or disable location services during the setup process as seen in the screenshot below:
  • Users will be able to allow or disallow functions such as cell network searching, diagnostics, iAds, time zone setting, and traffic to make use of iOS device's location information. Users currently can enable or disable location services at an app level.

Voice Roaming:
As of now, users can only disable data roaming to avoid high roaming data charges. iOS 5 will also allow users to disable voice roaming as well.
Some minor changes:
  • Safari gets a new Advanced page in the Settings app with options to remove a website’s data and ability to enable Debug console to debug website errors.
  • Toggles to clear cookies and data that were missing in the first two beta versions have been restored.
  • You can now create a mailbox directly in the Mail app.
  • Two new ringtones added for iPhone users: Tweet and Sherwood Forrest.
  • In iOS 5 beta 1, we noticed that Apple has split the iPod app into a Music app and Video app for iPhone users, just like iPod Touch. iOS 5 beta 3 now prompts users to inform them about this change.
  • Music app gets a new Store button, which will take you to the iTunes store.
  • Reminders app gets a new icon.
  • Wi-Fi Sync has been renamed as iTunes Wi-Fi sync.
  • Software update screen in Settings app (Settings –> General –> Software update) now displays the current iOS version number installed on the iOS device.
Apple hasn’t tweaked the user interface of the Lock Screen notifications that were introduced in iOS 5 beta 2, in case you were hoping that Apple will revert the changes.
Let us know what you think of these new changes and improvements. If you've discovered something new then don't forget to let us know in the comments.