One of iOS 5′s bigger features is the ability to use FaceTime to make video calls over 3G & 4G networks. Discussions as reported by 9to5Mac seem to be at an impasse. What I do not understand is the difficulty faced by Apple to add this feature. It seems as if the telco’s are now saying were going to tell you how to use the bandwidth even if you pay a premium for it. I find that unfair and that also raises the network neutrality flag in my mind. I think it’s time Apple plays hardball with these companies and tell them if they do not concede on this point that they will take the iPhone 5 to another carrier.
It’s All Tech is reporting that IOS 5 Beta 3 has been released along with an updated version of iTunes. Carrying build # 9A5259f
There are a lot of changes related to Location Based Services which can be turned off or selectively turned on.
Interestingly enough Apple seems immune to their rules, they have placed a link to the iTunes store in the Music App. Classy.
Gevey Sim, a sim card that could activate your iPhone by exploiting a baseband loophole for the emergency dialer has now been blocked by Apple. Despite the legit function of allowing people to unlock their iPhones when their carrier would not despite being outside a contract, the Sim could in theory also be used to activate a stolen iPhone on a different network from the one it was stolen from. iPhoneDownloadBlog speculates that Apple was pressured to and I can see where carriers who charge 200 for the phone and 350 early termination would have a problem with people buying the more expensive phones and canceling service to save some money.
This report over at AppleBlogz points out a change that Apple is making where restoring to previous iOS 5+ firmwares will no longer be possible except certain “Blessed Versions”. This probably is to help with OTA updates which could cause problems if you rolled back, but is also probably to thwart JailBreakers as well.
iMikeBeas @ Twitter posted this photo of what appears to be some new notifications for events in the Calendar App. Finally we wont be awoken at 12Am for someone’s birthday we can set it to say noon. Cause who has a birthday party before lunch?
Don Reisinger over at Cnet offers a detailed look into why Facebook has been given the cold shoulder in iOS 5 while Twitter has seen much love from Apple. A few things he points are that the companies are just too different. Also maybe Apple knows that people have Facebook overload and would not appreciate it sticking its face in your face from every app. Whatever the difference is, Apple has turned it’s back on one of the largest user bases in history of social networks.
There is a great list of changes coming in iOS 5, that Apple only scratched the surface on during WWDC 2011. The list compiled by the website iEatApples contains over 150 changes found.
It’s been no real secret the last few weeks we knew Apple would not be announcing the iPhone 5 at WWDC. Instead we received a preview of iOS 5 and was given a time frame of this fall. Fall officially starts September 21st and there is one other thing that is interesting. Earlier this year Verizon Wireless announced they were expanding into 145 more markets by the end of 2011 bringing LTE to a massive chunk of the US and also talked of having complete coverage by 2013 when they expect to be able to ship phones without 3g radios. We know Apple is not stupid and that many competitors have shipped LTE enabled phones and have even started touting this as a feature the iPhone does not have.
The iPhone 5 will be a LTE enabled phone. The only downside is that these radios are power-hungry, but it’s possible that there’s a new chipset that Qualcomm has kept hushed about and is working with Apple on the new radio. It may be that 3G is the default radio if you turn off your 4g radio. It is also possible that Apple would release a 5g iPhone that’s not LTE enabled and release a new phone 6 months later in the spring. However, this did not go well when Apple pulled this with the original iPhone.
CNN Money has an article on the WWDC conference and people noticed Apple stock set to 376 a share in the iOS 5 demo. In reality the price was lower, and due to the poor performance of the stock market, Apples shares were down over 5% which was average for the rest of the market as well.