updated 03:55 pm EDT, Tue June 2, 2009
iPhone push testing ends
Apple has finally concluded efforts at testing the push notification technology in iPhone 3.0, developers say. Although push first became a coding option in April, heavy server testing only began in May, through the deployment of an early Associated Press application. The test was originally scheduled to last a week, making its run into June a sign of technical problems, or simply a desire to be as thorough as possible.
In tandem with the release of iTunes 8.2 -- which adds iPhone 3.0 support -- it is believed that the conclusion of push testing may indicate an imminent release for new firmware. A likely date could fall or around next week's Worldwide Developers Conference, where Apple will be able to teach v3.0 techniques and may introduce a new iPhone. Staggering the releases of hardware and software could prevent some of the activation problems which plagued the iPhone 3G.