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iPhone 3.1 beta 2 enables developer Wi-Fi testing

updated 09:25 am EDT, Wed July 15, 2009

iPhone 3.1 beta 2 seeded

Apple has seeded a new iPhone 3.1 beta to developers, beta 2. People with the updated code report that some testing can now be conducted via Wi-Fi, instead of just a USB connection. While only more convenient for some developers, the change is said to be "huge" for others, due to the ability to attach any accessories that might be necessary in the testing process.

Some limitations exist, such as slower speeds and gradual battery drain, along with an inability to debug or install applications from Xcode. Other changes in the beta include a small collection of bugfixes, for both Xcode and the iPhone firmware. More features may be present in the new release, but it can often take several days to discover such updates.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Mimi-mim

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Testing over Wifi?

    I wonder what this means: "People with the updated code report that some testing can now be conducted via Wi-Fi, instead of just a USB connection."

    Perhaps Xcode will now build your application and push it to the iPhone over WiFi. That would be a remarkable change.

    Too bad Apple doesn't publish any "what's new in this release" documentation with these beta updates. And too bad Apple doesn't patch Xcode. Every time they release a new beta, I have to download the entire Xcode install again (2.5 GB!).

    No big deal though. It's well worth it. In the same way that it'd still be worth marrying Gwyneth Paltrow if you discovered that she had herpes. Not that I'll ever be given the option to marry Gwyneth Paltrow; I'm just saying, hey, you know, up-side versus down-side.

  1. Mimi-mim

    Joined: Dec 1969



    The 3.1 beta 2 firmware update encountered an unknown error while updating and bricked my iPod!Good job I have second Touch running 3.0. Heh.

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