updated 09:00 am EDT, Thu July 31, 2008
Second iPhone 2.1 beta
A new beta of the iPhone 2.1 firmware is seeding to developers, say reports. The code is mainly said to contain bug fixes, but Apple has allegedly confirmed that it contains an early version of background push notification. The technology is a workaround for the lack of background processes on the iPhone, but should nevertheless provide advantages in the form of better battery life and CPU performance.
Release notes point out that the API is not yet connected to a live push server, meaning that apps built with background push cannot be fully tested. Investigation into the firmware has meanwhile revealed that GPS compass and velocity references, previously thought to be new to v2.1, may have existed in the basic v2.0 code. By contrast a reference has been spotted for a new iPod touch, under the listing "iPod2,1." Changes could be significant, as even the iPhone 3G is referred to as "iPhone1,2."