We’ve got a hold of what is said to be Apple’s iOS 5.1 GM, the version that will be released to the public on or around March 9th, and we can now confirm an earlier report detailing two new changes. The lock screen in iOS 5.1 has a fixed camera button located next to the slide to unlock button, and instead of tapping on it to launch the camera, you simply drag the entire unlock section up to reveal the camera finder. This makes photo-taking instantly fast when you’re getting the phone out of your pocket or bag. Siri has indeed learned Japanese as well, and we’ve been able to confirm that in Settings. We’re told there are no roadblocks as of now in this release candidate, so we’d expect the version we have to be the version released in the coming weeks. Another photo can be seen after the break. More →
Apple will reset its iCloud backup service on September 22nd ahead of the likely release of its final iOS 5 test build and public iCloud launch. The date corresponds with our earlier report that Apple would launch the iOS 5 GM on September 23rd, and the reset will not have an impact on any bookmark, calendar, contact, mail or reminder data stored on iCloud. The official notice, which was posted on Apple’s Developer boards, reads:
On Thursday, September 22, the iCloud Backup data will be reset. Backing up to iCloud or restoring from an iCloud backup will be unavailable from 9 AM PDT – 5 PM PDT. If you attempt a backup or restore during this time, you will receive an alert that the backup or restore was not successful. After this reset, you will be unable to restore from any backup created prior to September 22. A full backup will happen automatically the next time your device backs up to iCloud.
Apple launched a beta version of iCloud to developers on August 1st when it revealed the official pricing plans. Users will receive 5GB of storage for free and can sign up for an additional 10GB of storage (15GB total) for $20 per year, 20GB of additional storage for $40 per year, or 50GB of added storage for $100 per year.
Apple on Friday seeded the Gold Master build of its OS X 10.7 Lion operating system to developers. The build number is 11A511, and the download is available immediately on Apple’s developer site. Barring the discovery of any major issues, the Gold Master code is likely to be unchanged in the release version of Lion, which will launch to the public later this month. Apple announced recently that OS X Lion will be distributed via the Mac App Store rather than using physical media discs, and it will cost just $29.
One of our Apple sources has just informed us that it looks like Apple has finalized the code for its upcoming iOS 4.3 release. The build, we’re told, is 8F190 for those keeping track. Maybe we’ll see this release unify the Verizon iPhone OS-wise as well? We’ll probably see this in the wild next week if we had to bet…
Apple released a new beta of its Snow Leopard operating system to developers on Thursday. OS X 10.6.6 beta 2 comes almost a month after the first beta release of the OS, and it is listed as a Gold Master edition for developers accessing it through the Mac App Store developer program. In addition, “developer support for fetching and renewing App Store receipts,” is among the listed changes. This could mean that a public release of OS X 10.6.6 and the Mac App Store are imminent. More →
The Internet is all atwitter with reports claiming that Apple’s iOS 4.2 will, in fact, not be released this week. The rumors — which as far as we can tell all originate from the Greek blog iPhoneHellas — cite a “Wi-Fi bug” that cropped up in the iOS 4.2 gold master candidate that was released to developers late last week. It has been widely reported that the Cupertino company’s mobile OS update would be released to the general public at some point today. We’ve pinged Apple for comment and will update this article with any relevant information provided. More →
If you are anxious to get iOS 4.1 onto your device, and are enrolled in Apple’s developer program, you’re in luck. Apple has just updated developer.apple.com with the new iOS 4.1 Gold Master bits; the update weighs in at a hefty 590 MB. If you find anything new and interesting — that wasn’t mentioned in today’s keynote — be sure to drop a note about it in the comments.
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