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iOS 5 features: LED flash, custom vibration patterns for alerts

Apple is once again upping their accessibility game with iOS 5, this time adding LED flash and custom vibration patterns to better inform users when calls and other alerts come in.

It may not be as sophisticated as BlackBerry or Android notification lights, but it's an option in iOS 5. Will you use it?

[Thanks Dylan]

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New settings for Automatic Downloads now available

If you take a look at your App Store settings, you'll find some new options for Automatic Downloads. This new feature allows you have new purchases made on other devices automatically download to the device you're accessing the settings from.

For example, let's say I purchase 1password Pro, a universal application for iPhone and iPad on my iPhone. If I have Automatic Downloads for apps enable on my iPad, 1Password Pro will automatically download to my iPad over the air. This feature is available for music, apps, and book purchases.

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iOS 5 beta for iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, Apple TV, iTunes 10.5 beta are live (ish)

As promised during the WWDC 2011 Keynote today, Apple has posted betas of iOS 5, iTunes 10.5 (required to install iOS 5), the iOS 5 SDK, Xcode 4.2, and Apple TV OS.

Developer.apple.com is getting slammed, of course, so whether you can get in or not is a different story, but once in it's all there for your developer testing pleasure.

If you grab it, let us know how it works for you

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The future of Lockinfo [jailbreak]

David Ashman is a well known jailbreak app writer with his Lockinfo package from Cydia. Almost everyone who jailbreaks has, or has heard of, Lockinfo. He attended the WWDC keynote today, and to say the least, he feels ripped off.

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WWDC 2011 Keynote available on Apple's Website (Updated)

Apple has posted a video of today's keynote at WWDC 2011 on Apple.com. This is where Apple announced iOS 5 and iCloud. So grab some popcorn, get your geek on, and tell us what you think!

Updated! The keynote is now also available for download via iTunes as well.

Apple - direct iTunes Download

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iOS App Store updated to include Purchase History

The App Store on iPhone and iPad has been updated to include your purchase history. It's located under the "Updates" tab.

When you tap "Purchased", you will see tabs for all your purchases and ones that are not on that device. Apps that are not installed on your device have an iCloud icon with an arrow inside that will download the app when tapped. Tapping anywhere else on the app row will take you to that app in the App Store so you can learn more about it. To search for apps in either list, just pull down to review a search field.

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Apple posts iOS 5 video

Apple has posted their promo video for iOS 5 on Apple.com. It covers all the new features announced during today's keynote at WWDC.

So check it out and tell us what you think! Once Apple shares on YouTube, we'll update and embed the video here.

UPDATE: The video is now on YouTube. Check it out after the break!

[Apple]

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iTunes Match: all your music synced to all your devices via iCloud

iTunes Match, another iCloud app, will basically function as a locker for your iTunes library. If you have music that isn't purchased from iTunes, it will match the media in your library with content available in iTunes and allow you to stream it to your devices wirelessly. (What happens if something you have isn't available in iTunes? Do you still need to sync it?)

Apple is saying this process will only take minutes, not hours. All the content will be DRM free and have the same benefits of purchased music. Any songs will be matched and upgraded to 256kbps AAC DRM-free files.

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iCloud replacing MobileMe, and it's Free

MobileMe will no longer cost you $99. Actually, as of today, MobileMe will cease to exist at all. MobileMe It's being replaced by iCloud, which will consist of a collection of apps.

iCloud will let you wirelessly sync all data to the cloud, as well as perform automatic daily backups from your device. This is going to come in very handy when getting a new iOS device.

Are you excited about wireless backups and MobileMe being put to death, and iCould going free? Let us know.

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