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Apple gives devs third iOS 5.1 beta, adds 3G toggle

Apple has seeded another build of iOS 5.1 to developers, including a feature to iPhone 4S users to turn 3G off, a move that may save them battery life.


While most of the electronics world has its eyes peeled on the happenings at this year's Consumer Electronics Show, Apple quietly released another version of iOS 5.1 to developers.

The software, which is the third such beta of iOS 5.1, hit Apple's developer site earlier today.

Among the changes is the addition of the 3G toggle for iPhone 4S users, a feature spotted by Macrumors, which was not present when the phone shipped. This meant users did not have the option to turn off the faster data tier to conserve battery life. While Apple never explained why this was the case, the Siri voice assistant was considered the culprit since it required 3G or Wi-Fi, and would not work on Edge.

The release suggests Apple is one step closer to bringing the software to customers, who are expecting the company to improve battery life in this update. Reports from users with earlier versions of the software reported having mixed results. Eyes are also on 5.1 to see if features like panoramic photos andthe autocorrect menus found by developers end up as readily accessible features.