Apple Releases 5th Beta of iPhone OS 3.0: App Store gets Age-Based Restrictions, MMS Hidden, Blocks Tethering & More

iPhone firmware 3.0 event

Apple has seeded developers of their iPhone Developer Program with the fifth beta version of iPhone OS 3.0 which Apple had previewed in March.

Apple
has also released second pre-release version of iTunes 8.2, which
is required to activate the new beta.

iPhone developers are reporting that they have observed some interesting changes in the latest beta version of iPhone OS 3.0.

iPhone developers have observed some interesting changes in the fifth beta version of iPhone OS 3.0:

  • The MMS feature has unfortunately been hidden for AT&T users in the latest beta version as seen in the screenshots below. In earlier beta versions, you could use a simple hack to enable the MMS feature.

  • iPhone firmware 3.0 - Beta 5  
    iPhone firmware 3.0 - Beta 5

  • Apple has finally introduced parental control over iPhone apps based on age. You have the following options:
  • Don’t Allow Apps
    • 4+
    • 9+
    • 12+
    • 17+
    • Allow All Apps

    • iPhone firmware 3.0 - Beta 5

  • You can now email your friends the direct iTunes links for any favorite podcasts.

  • iPhone firmware 3.0 - Beta 5

  • iPhone developers have also observed that the latest beta version of iPhone OS 3.0 is more responsive.

I think the age-based parental controls is a step in the right direction to avoid rejecting apps like Nine Inch Nails' NIN: Access for an absurd reason.

Apple has so far released 4 beta versions (beta 1, beta 2, beta 3 and beta 4) prior to this one which have revealed a lot more details than the 100 new features and 1000 new APIs that Apple had announced when they had previewed their next generation OS for the iPhone at a special event in March.

We would like to know your thoughts on the latest findings, so please drop us a line in the comments section below.

Thanks Geogo3r for the tip!

[via TheiPhoneBlog]

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