Apple has released iOS 6 beta 3 (Build 10A5355d) to developers, while also introducing iCloud.com email addresses. As pointed out by MacRumors, the most significant change found in this build at this time, is the inclusion of a new section in the Settings app which controls the new map features Apple is rolling out in […]
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Apple Pushes iOS 6 Beta 3, iCloud.com Email Addresses to Developers

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Apple has released iOS 6 beta 3 (Build 10A5355d) to developers, while also introducing iCloud.com email addresses. As pointed out by MacRumors, the most significant change found in this build at this time, is the inclusion of a new section in the Settings app which controls the new map features Apple is rolling out in iOS 6.

These Maps settings mainly revolve around the new navigation features such as the volume of the navigation voice, whether to display distance in miles or kilometers, size of labels, and even whether map labels should be displayed in local language or always in English.

Other features noted in this build, sound, at least to me, like gradual build-outs of features Apple has promised will be available in the final version. For instance, iMessage on iPad now accepts phone numbers as valid contact information, and 3D Flyovers in Maps is showing increased coverage.

Also of note, Apple has pushed out Xcode Developer Preview 3 and Apple TV Software beta 3 to developers as well.

Now to switch subjects slightly. Today, alongside the iOS 6 beta 3 release, Apple has set in motion the process of switching users away from me.com email addresses to iCloud.com email addresses. Here’s an excerpt from Apple:

icloud.com email addresses are now available for iCloud mail users. Users signing up for new Apple IDs, or enabling Mail on their iCloud account for the first time, will automatically receive an @icloud.com email address instead of a me.com email address. iCloud users with @me.com addresses that have been used with iOS 6 beta 3 will receive an @icloud.com email address that matches their @me.com address.

Apple is not replacing me.com addresses, but rather adding iCloud.com to users accounts. Users will be able to use either, much the same way .Mac users could keep their mac.com email addresses alongside me.com emails addresses that came with MobileMe subscriptions.

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