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Apple releases iOS 6 beta 3 to developers with new Maps features

The third beta of iOS 6 (build 10A5355d) was released to developers just three weeks after beta 2 (build 10A5338d) was several new features in its updated Maps app.
Written by Jason D. O'Grady, Contributor on
Apple releases iOS 6 beta 3 to developers - Jason O'Grady

Apple released iOS 6 beta 3 (build 10A5355d) to developers today -- just three weeks after it released beta 2, signaling that Apple could be getting closer to releasing its next generation mobile OS.

According to MacRumors, a key change in iOS 6 beta 3 is the addition of a new section in the Settings app for Maps "allowing users to change the volume of the navigation voice, set distances to display in miles or kilometers, set map labels to display either in the local language or always in English, and set map label sizes to either "normal" or "large"."

New Maps settings in iOS 6 beta 3 - Jason O'Grady

Other changes noted in this thread on the MacRumors forums include: 

  • New settings for Maps: Allows Customization of Volume, Distances, Map Labels
  • New icons in the Mail app for Junk, Trash, and Archive
  • iMessage on iPad Now Gives Option to Add Phone Number for Unified Messaging
  • Many More Cities Have 3D Models in Maps
  • 4th Gen iPod Touch Now Has VIP Inbox

iOS 6 is due to launch "this fall" most likely to coincide with the release of the iPhone 5 hardware in September/October. If you can't wait until then you can sign up to be an Apple developer for $99 and get access to the iOS 6 betas today.

Photo: MacRumors

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