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iOS 5.1 beta 3 returns 3G toggle, hints at dictation [U]

updated 02:00 am EST, Tue January 10, 2012

Timing of final 5.1 still unknown

[Updated with Siri Dictation info] Apple has posted a third developer beta of iOS 5.1, reports say. The firmware is identified as build 9B5141a, and includes a variety of bugfixes and minor improvements over beta 2. One major change, though, is the reappearance of the "Enable 3G" toggle, which Apple inexplicably removed with the advent of iOS 5.0.

While unimportant for some iPhone owners, the ability to disable 3G is useful for people worried about battery life. 3G can potentially be a major cause of power drain, and a selective toggle allows people to save some power while still taking phone calls and receiving data. The only downside is slower data, which limits the practicality of iOS apps.

[Update] A 9to5Mac tipster has spotted references to a legal notice "About Privacy and Dictation" in the new beta running on an iPad. No actual dictation ability exists in iOS 5.1b3, but the notice (which is not the same one or in the same place as the one found on an iPhone 4S) could point to plans to offer at least Siri Dictation (which Apple licenses from Nuance) in a future version of iOS or perhaps in a future model (such as the expected iPad 3, whenever it arrives).

Separate reports claim that the Siri Dictation notice has also been spotting in the latest generation iPod Touch running the developer beta, but this as yet unconfirmed. [image via 9to5Mac]

by MacNN Staff



  1. pairof9s

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Long time coming...

    This sure has become a drawn out release. We're going on 3 months since iOS 5.0 was released with only a minor update. I'm assuming that portends some major improvements...but then again, there I go assuming!


  1. jones948

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Enable 3G

    I'm running iOS 5 and have the enable 3G toggle. Don't remember where, but I thought I read it was one of the 5.1 betas that removed the feature and they're just now putting it back.

    "the reappearance of the "Enable 3G" toggle, which Apple inexplicably removed with the advent of iOS 5.0."

  1. jwdsail

    Joined: Dec 1969


    All I want..

    All I want is Location-based Reminders to be made.. useful.. user-selectable geo-fences, setting reminders on a map, so I don't need to have it in my contacts.. etc.. the option of powering down the GPS when I'm more than say 30min from the nearest reminder location..

  1. jwdsail

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Enable 3G

    Pretty sure that "Enable 3G" was only missing from the 4S running 5.0... I wonder if "It's back" on a 4S, or if it's .. back.. on a device it was never missing from?

  1. ferdchet

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Definitely missing on 4S

    I don't see the toggle on my 4S - only toggles for Cellular Data and Data Roaming.

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