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iPhone 3.1 firmware integrates Genius for apps, ringtones

updated 01:50 pm EDT, Wed September 9, 2009

Apple intros firmware v3.1 for iPhone, iPod touch

Along with several new iPod introductions, Apple on Wednesday also announced a firmware update, v3.1, for the iPhone and iPod touch. The latest firmware brings the company's Genius technology to App Store content. The new functionality works in a similar way to the music feature, allowing users to view app suggestions based on their list of downloads and popular content from other users.

Confirming rumors, the firmware update also supports ringtones for the iPhone. Although users previously could build their own, Apple is set to offer 30,000 pre-made ringtones licensed through all four major labels. Each track can be previewed and purchased for $1.29.

iTunes 9 also features updated Genius functions, with a new DJ feature that plays music based on analysis. Users will be able to sync content by artist or genre, instead of just playlists. Apps can be arranged via iTunes before being synced to an iPhone or iPod touch, with a virtual home screen provided on the iTunes interface.

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