updated 06:50 pm EST, Tue February 9, 2010
SDK offers new tools for iPad content
Apple on Tuesday released a second beta version of the iPhone 3.2 SDK to developers. The first beta was initially seeded last month following the iPad unveiling. Many of the new features are focused on the iPad, with tools geared for the larger screen resolution. Although the device has yet to be released, developers can view UI layouts and debug apps on an iPad simulator.
Recent rumors suggest the v3.2 firmware could enable additional functionality such as video calling and file downloads directly through Safari. Certain features designed for the iPad, such as a landscape-oriented home screen and support for hardware keyboards, are also believed to be extended to the iPhone and iPod touch.
Several developers have already begun taking advantage of loosened restrictions regarding VoIP apps. Apple is said to have enabled the services over 3G connections, while previous versions had restricted VoIP to Wi-Fi networks.
Apple maintains non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) for the iPhone SDK, prohibiting developers from fully exposing the contents. The second beta version is now available for members of Apple's iPhone Developer Program.