Apple has released a new beta of iOS 5.1. The latest software fixes some bug form the last beta, but iOS 5.1 beta 2 also has one major improvement: Users can now delete individual pictures from Photo Stream.
Apple Photo Stream is an optional service which allows you to have photos taken with your device’s camera automatically uploaded to the iCloud service and synchronized across your devices. Now if you don’t want a particular photo you snap on your iPhone to show up on your iPad, you can delete it.
If you have a developer account you can download iOS 5.1 beta 2 from developer.apple.com.
The good news is that Apple is continuing to fix bugs and offer new and enhanced features. The bad news is that as iOS 5.1 nears release hackers are just starting to prepare a method for performing an untethered jailbreak on iOS 5.0.1.
There’s a good chance that means one of two things:
- Apple may fix the exploit used by the latest jailbreak tools so that iOS 5.1 cannot be jailbroken the same way as iOS 5.0.1 and earlier.
- If Apple hasn’t fixed the exploit yet, jailbreak developers may want to wait until after iOS 5.1 is available to the public to make it tougher for Apple to patch the security hole before launch.
So either we’ll only have a viable untethered jailbreak for a very brief period… or we’ll have to wait a little longer for it to hit the streets.