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iPhone 3.0 beta 5 seeded to developers

updated 09:20 am EDT, Thu May 7, 2009

iPhone 3.0 beta 5 seed

A fifth beta of the iPhone 3.0 firmware has already been made available to developers, reports reveal. The deployment represents an extremely rapid turnaround, as beta 4 was only put into distribution in the middle of last week. An acceleration in the release schedule could suggest that Apple wants the software ready in advance of WWDC, scheduled to begin June 8th. Traditionally, however, Apple has paired major iterations with the availability of new hardware, which has only ever appeared weeks after a WWDC announcement.

Any new features in beta 5 have yet to be discovered, but initial accounts indicate that two existing components may be broken, those being tethering and MMS messaging. The problem does not appear to be affecting all developers though, and it is speculated that the issue may stem from whether people have done a clean installation or chosen to restore content from backup. A final release of the iPhone 3.0 firmware is officially scheduled for sometime this summer.

by MacNN Staff



  1. JohnFromBeyond

    Joined: Dec 1969



    "Traditionally, however, Apple has paired major iterations with the availability of new hardware"

    I love this comment. Let's see, there has been one major hardware upgrade and one major software upgrade so far. Does that make it a "tradition"??? Does anyone remember Jobs saying afterward that it was a mistake to do that (along with MobileMe) all at the same time?

    It would be smart to release version 3.0 slightly ahead of the new hardware this time, to distribute the load on the servers, Apple store personnel, and tech support folks. I predict the release of version 3.0 software at WWDC along with a detailed announcement of the new iPhone hardware -- to be shipped a few weeks later.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: tradition

    The problem last year wasn't the major iteration of the OS software and the hardware both being released at the same time. It was the stupidity of rolling out Mobile Me at the same time when it was obviously not ready. There was no reason that Mobile Me had to go on-line just because the iPhone was released.

  1. ccrider

    Joined: Dec 1969


    also interesting...

    Here's something else interesting-

    "All apps must be compatible with iPhone OS 3.0
    Millions of iPhone and iPod touch customers will move to iPhone OS 3.0 this summer. Beginning today, all submissions to the App Store will be reviewed on the latest beta of iPhone OS 3.0. If your app submission is not compatible with iPhone OS 3.0, it will not be approved.

    Existing apps in the App Store should already run on iPhone OS 3.0 without modification, but you should test your existing apps with iPhone OS 3.0 to ensure there are no compatibility issues. After iPhone OS 3.0 becomes available to customers, any app that is incompatible with iPhone OS 3.0 may be removed from the App Store."

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