iOS 5.1 beta 3 restores 3G data toggle in Settings

iOS 5.1 Beta 3 3G Toggle Restored

iOS 5.1 beta 3, which was released to developers today, restores the missing 3G toggle Apple removed in the initial 5.1 developer beta.

The restoration of the 3G toggle will no doubt be a welcomed return for iPhone users with inadequate 3G access in their area, or for users who just want to conserve a little extra battery life.

Still, this makes us wonder why they removed the 3G toggle in the first place. Could Apple be planning to make this optional between wireless networks with a per-network proprietary carrier update file?

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iOS 5.1 beta 3 restores 3G data toggle in Settings

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Finally. My 4S at my house has 1 bar on 3G. When I had a 4 and switched to edge I would have full bars. This is a welcome addition.

Wrong...at least on the iPhone 4 on Verizon. Just checked mine and there is no option for turning 3G on or off.

Oh, sorry, I was referring to GSM models. CDMA models lack the toggle as there is no "2G/EDGE" network to fall back on without 3G. There is only 1x and that is as worthless as GPRS is for GSM. So, technically, that will be a toggle you will never see on the Verizon iPhone 4/4S as there is nothing to fall back to.

This update also appears to allow the use of Genius with iTunes Match. Apple didn't allow this before.
Also, the lock screen slider arrow on iPad is now gray to match the iPhone, instead of black, and there is a section in Keyboard settings on all devices called "About Dictation and Privacy."

"Could Apple be planning to make this optional between wireless networks with a per-network proprietary carrier update file?"
Ability to remove the 3G switch has always been there in the OS since at least iOS 3.x by way of the carrier settings bundle. Here in the UK iPhone's on the Three network have always had the 3G switch hidden from view, regardless of iOS version or hardware. For example it's missing on my 3GS running 5.0.1, but if I pop in another networks SIM it returns.