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Apple New Release iPhone OS 3.1 beta 2 – Keeps Developers Happy

A cheery news for iPhone developers that will definitely make them more buoyant. Apple has posted new, beta 2 versions of the iPhone OS 3.1 firmware and the iPhone SDK 3.1 for developers exactly after two weeks of its initial release of iPhone OS 3.0’s. They can download the latest 3.1 beta from the Apple’s iPhone Developer Center.

The OS 3.1 is available for all versions of the iPod Touch and the iPhone, while the SDK 3.1 is available in versions that are compatible with Leopard and Snow Leopard. It finally allows them to work on their projects over a Wi-Fi connection.

The feature is “huge for developers.” It is primarily geared at those who need to attach something to their iPhone or iPod touch via USB, so freeing up the USB port during the development process goes a long way in that regard. It’s also undoubtedly slightly less of a pain to be able to use WiFi, though Apple warns that USB is still preferred because it is faster and draws less power from the device than using WiFi. Other changes in the beta 2 include a handful of bug fixes to both Xcode and various parts of the iPhone software.

The new SDK will allow developers to connect their iPhones to a Mac running Xcode over Wi-Fi using Instruments for debugging. This is useful whenever the dock connector needs to be used for something else, like testing out tethering or development for hardware add-ons like the Tom Tom navigation add on. Apparently the iPhone Tethering hack no longer works in the iPhone OS 3.1 Beta 2, so it looks like Apple has closed the door on that one.

With the ability to hook up iPhone to other hardware devices, Apple is adamant to make things easier for developers.

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