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iBooks update brings 'read-aloud' feature

iBooks for iPhone and iPad has been updated to 1.3 and includes new read-aloud feature that reads the book to you. It's only available for "enhanced" books and some books will even highlight the words as they are read to you.

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iTunes 10.3 now available with beta iCloud support

With the iCloud unveiling yesterday, Apple also announced that a new version of iTunes and a beta version of iCloud would be available now (with the rest rolling out in the Fall). Users have been reporting iTunes 10.3 downloads becoming available over the past 24 hours. Now, it appears to be available for everyone.

Keep in mind only some iCloud services are available now (and they're still considered beta). The rest will be rolled out this Fall. You should already see changes to the App Store on your devices as those were rolled out wireless yesterday.

iTunes 10.3 will let you do the following right now -

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iOS 5 contains references to new iPhone and iPad models

As with all new beta firmware, it appears there are references to new hardware in iOS 5. I expected there to be references to a 5th generation iPhone model but there are also placeholders for new iPad models as well. TUAW is reporting that they found references to not only two difference 5th generation iPhone models, but 2 different iPad models as well.

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iOS 5 beta gallery

You're flooding us with screen shots of iOS 5 (sometimes without removing your personal info first -- please do that!), and we're going to keep adding them here. Here's some of what we're seeing:

  • iPod app is dead. Long live Music and Video apps. (More consistent with iPad, iPod touch.)
  • Tap and hold a lock screen notification icon, then slide to view it
  • If you hate the new style notifications, you can turn them off or switch back to the old popups
  • You can update more than one app at once
  • The square toggle sliders are round now
  • There's a "buy more storage" button in iCloud
  • There's a wireless iTunes sync setting
  • Calendar now has week view in landscape mode
  • Move Camera Roll photos to existing albums or create new ones
  • Add multiple Twitter accounts in Settings
  • Storage usage by app
  • On-device software updates
  • Open Safari links in background
  • SMS/iMessage are the same app, sends depending on what receiver can handle (AT&T/Verizon must hate that)

Photo gallery after the break, and we'll update if/when we're sent more.

[Thanks Ethan, Richard, K, and anonymous!]

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Find My iPhone updated to include Email notifications

Apple has quietly updated its Find My iPhone application to include a couple of very handy new features. After you have updated the app, when you try to locate one of your devices that is currently offline, you will receive an email to tell you when it has reconnected to a network.

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iOS 5: What we didn't get

Now that the excitement has died down after the WWDC keynote, let’s consider what is missing from iOS 5. There has been a huge amount of speculation over the last few months about what to expect. This often leads to huge disappointment when the actual details are revealed. These are a few of the areas that are still lacking in iOS 5. Of course things could still change and get added into iOS 5 prior to its debut in the Fall.

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New and updated iPhone and iPad apps for Tuesday, June 7

Every day, TiPb gets flooded with announcements for new and updated iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad apps and games. So every day we pick just a few of the most interesting, the most notable, and simply the most awesome to share with you!

  • Find my iPhone: Now you will be notified when an offline device you are trying to find comes online. [Free - iTunes link]

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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. 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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