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New iPhone 2.1 beta includes push data API

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."

by MacNN Staff



  1. njfuzzy

    Joined: Dec 1969


    iPod 2,1

    I believe in the past this notation has been Product,Version, not Version,Sub-version. This suggests a new product, in addition to the iPod touch. Maybe a nano or classic based on the new format, or a tablet?

  1. shawnce

    Joined: Dec 1969


    A work around...

    Apple made a purposeful decision about disallowing background applications (except in specific situations) to help extend battery life and performance. Push notification is more then a "work around" for not having background applications... it is a well thought out methodology for doing the kinds of things mobile device users need without over burdening the device or the user having to fire up an application (or configure one to run).

    Having used (and developed for) a few other mobile devices I think Apple has the right idea.

  1. Glasspusher

    Joined: Dec 1969


    no love

    I still don't have access to the 2.1 beta, despite being admitted to the developer program


  1. Marook

    Joined: Dec 1969


    But is there iCal Server.

    .. support???

    That would be MUCH more needed.. if you ask me..

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