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Starting With iOS 5 Beta 3, You Can Now Set Custom Tones For Messages, Tweets, Voicemails, Emails And More
Ever since iOS 5 Beta 3 was seeded to developers earlier today, enthusiasts have taken a time to thoroughly examine the system and look for changes. It turns out that iOS 5 Beta 3 now allows users to set custom alert tones for everything, from new text messages and emails to calendar alerts, reports TechCrunch.
This feature has been quietly added, without any comment from Apple on the matter, even though it adds a customization option to the system that any 10-year-old basic phone is able to do. In order to start adding your custom tones, you need to access the iOS Settings App, head to “Sounds” and tap on the tone you’d like to change.
Aside from all the default tones, you should now see a new option named “Buy More Tones”, which suggests that Apple is looking for yet another way to monetize the platform.
Back at a iTunes-related event in 2007, Apple enabled the option for iPhone users to create ringtones based on a clip from a song of their choice, all from iTunes. This feature didn’t generate much more press than the post-event coverage, mainly due to the cost of the ringtones: 99 cents, in addition to the cost of the song, was just too much, especially since there already were custom tools that allowed ringtones to be created for free.
This feature was considered a flop and was quickly forgotten by Apple, although it now seems to be rising from the ashes. It’s still unclear how the new “buy custom tones” feature will work, but if the process is made seamless enough, it’s possible that enough users might adopt it.
Other features in iOS 5 Beta 3 have surfaced as well, such as additional options in the system’s new setup wizard, which allows users to get a new device up and running without a connection to iTunes; as well as a new icon for Reminders, a new to-do system that’s able to display notifications at a certain time, in a certain location.
JailbreakMe 3.0 has received an “essential upgrade” via Cydia today, allegedly fixing previous issues that caused Apple’s Camera Connection Kit accessory, BiteSMS, and sometimes Cydia (disappearing problem) to stop working altogether. Every iOS user who has jailbroken their device with JailbreakMe 3.0 is encouraged to apply this update via Cydia as soon as possible.
In a tweet, Jay Freeman, also known as @saurik on Twitter, made it official:
We haven’t tested whether Apple’s Camera Connector Kit accessory is working with this update yet. So if you have tried it and it has worked, do let us know. For those who are not aware, the Camera Connector is a hardware add-on available exclusively for the iPad that lets users transfer images from their digital camera or SD card to the iPad’s built-in picture library. The accessory, which plugs right into the iPad’s dock connector, is available for $29 right off from Apple’s Online Store.
JailbreakMe 3.0, which was officially released less than a week ago, was reported to have been used 1 million times within 1 day after being released, before reaching as many as 2 million jailbreaks over the weekend. These estimates aren’t even counting the jailbreaks that were applied using an unofficial pre-release version which leaked several days earlier.
This jailbreaking method has stood out from all others since it’s the easiest way to apply a jailbreak on any iOS device and is the first untethered jailbreak for the iPad 2, a device that many iPhone developers had been trying to hack into for months before JailbreakMe 3.0 came out.
Jailbreaking a device using JailbreakMe 3.0 is so easy that
iOS 5 Assistive Touch Feature With Gesture Control In Beta 3 Aims To Replace iPhone & iPad Physical Buttons [VIDEO]
Apple today released the latest beta of its iOS mobile operating system along with a major hint of future iOS devices losing their home button.
Along with the usual array of bug fixes and altered icons (really, how many times can they change the color of an iCloud icon?), it appears Apple has also altered an existing accessibility feature which, in the process, may just provide a little glimpse into the future of Apple’s iDevices.
A slight alteration to the existing ‘AssistiveTouch’ accessibility feature sees Apple add a whole new control panel, accessible via a swipe from a user-chosen corner of the screen.
As 9to5Mac’s screenshots show, the new control panel offers functions such as rotating the device’s screen, locking the device and adjusting the volume. Given Apple CEO and co-founder Steve Jobs’ well publicized desire to kill buttons for good, it’s not too far of a leap to suggest this could be a future way of replacing the iPad, iPod touch and iPhone’s lone home button.
If Jobs does indeed get his way (and when does he not?) then we could possibly see future iDevices with no buttons at all, other than the required power switch.
The discovery was made after Apple seeded the third installment of its iOS 5 beta to developers today along with iTunes 10.5 beta 3.
Apple’s fifth generation mobile operating system is one of the most changed releases to date, featuring more APIs than we care to count along with the usual plethora of bug fixes. Without a doubt, however, the major addition to come to iOS this time around is the revamped notification system.
Dubbed ‘Notification Center’ by Apple, the system closely mimics Android’s notification tray, while adding Apple’s usual flair for design.
With iOS 5 now in its third beta, the release is
Tutorial: How To Jailbreak iOS 5 Beta 3 On iPhone 4, 3GS, iPad, iPod touch With Redsn0w 0.9.8b2 (updated)
UPDATE 1: As it turns out, the current version of Redsn0w was having sandbox errors when running apps from the App Store. The just released Redsn0w 0.9.8b2 for both Windows and Mac fixes this issue. Download links are provided at the end.
We’ve update redsn0w to account for the sandbox changes that affected App Store apps in 5.0b3 (and it now recognizes the IPSWs for all three betas so far).
If you already jailbroke 5.0b3 using the previous redsn0w, you don’t need to re-jailbreak…just use this updated version to boot tethered.
According to MuscleNerd, a prominent member of the iPhone Dev Team, iOS 5 Beta 3, which was released to Apple developers a few hours ago, can be jailbroken using the same version of Redsn0w that was used for iOS 5 Beta 1 and Beta 2.
MuscleNerd made the official announcement on Twitter shortly ago:
Right alongside the release of iOS 5 beta 3, Apple has also seeded the third beta of iTunes 10.5 which is a major requirement if you plan on restoring your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch to iOS 5 beta 3.
iTunes 10.5 beta fully supports the features and services of iOS 5 beta 3, without which it would be completely useless. To start off with, iTunes 10.5 beta 3 is a very necessary download in order to get your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch up to speed with iOS 5 beta 3, and to say the least, iTunes 10.5 is the only way through which you can restore to the newest beta of iOS 5.
The previous release of iTunes 10.5 beta 2 and iOS 5 beta 2 enabled the most awaited Wi-Fi sync feature on all iOS devices, which enables users to sync their iPhones, iPads and iPod touches with their PC or Mac without any cables attached, and that too over Wi-Fi.
The current release of iTunes 10.5 beta however doesn’t bring that much over the previous beta, except that it carries a lot of bug fixes and makes iTunes 10.5 beta a lot more stable to run on your PC or Mac.
Full change log: