Earlier this week, Apple released to registered developers the third beta for the iOS 5.1 software, bringing a few welcome changes to the mobile operating system. As with the previous build of iOS 5, this new iOS 5.1 Beta is compatible with the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPad, iPad 2 and 3rd/4th-generation iPod touch.
This new build from Apple, aside from offering some bug fixes and minor improvements to the table, contains some additional features such as the toggle switch found inside the settings menu for 3G connectivity and a future compatibility of Apple’s voice-digital assistant Siri in older iOS devices. When Apple publicly released the latest iteration of the iOS 5, it disabled the 3G toggle feature, forcing users to choose between 3G connectivity or completely switching off their data connection. Apple’s latest beta build restores that capability to turn on or off the 3G cellular data access.
Allowing iPhone users the opportunity to have a toggle switch for 3G connectivity so they can utilize the slower EDGE connection will certainly help in saving the battery charge.
Something more interesting was recently discovered deep within the Settings application on the iPad, which clearly mentions the iPhone 4S exclusive Siri’s Dictation feature. 9to5Mac reports that on iOS devices such as the iPod touch and iPad, a new Dictation text file mysteriously appeared under the keyboard settings window called “About Privacy and Dictation” (image below). This was absent from previous iOS 5 betas, suggesting that possibly Apple is working on bringing Siri dictation functionality to iPad and iPod touch.
Along with the release of the iOS 5.1 third Beta, Apple also issued an update for the Xcode 4.3 Developer Preview 3 and the Apple TV Software Beta 2. The latest beta weights in at a 76.3MB download, and became available to registered developers under Apple Dev Center.