Apple Releases iPhone OS 3.1 Beta 2, Touts App Store Success
Article by George Norman
On 16 Jul 2009
In order to address some of the faults and issues affecting the iPhone OS 3.0, Cupertino-based company Apple has already released the iPhone OS 3.1 as a Beta to developers. Alongside the iPhone OS 3.1 Beta came the iPhone OS 3.1 SDK (Software Development Kit). Now Apple has rolled out a second Beta of the operating system and the software development kit: iPhone OS 3.1 Beta 2 and iPhone OS 3.1 SDK Beta 2.

The two pieces of software, the iPhone OS 3.1 Beta 2 and iPhone OS 3.1 SDK Beta 2, are available for download directly from Apple, via the official Dev Center web page that you can visit here. The Betas are available to members of the Phone Developer Standard or Enterprise Program for testing purposes; anyone involved in testing the iPhone OS 3.1 Beta 2, under a nondisclosure agreement (NDA), is prevented from sharing details about it to the world.

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“iPhone SDK 3.2 beta 2 and iPhone OS 3.1 beta 2 are now posted to the iPhone Dev Center. These versions are for development and testing only and should be installed on devices dedicated to iPhone OS 3.1 beta software development. Please read the iPhone OS Pre-Install Advisory and the iPhone SDK 3.1 beta 2 release notes before downloading and installing. Use the Apple Bug Reporter if you discover compatibility or functionality issues while testing with the iPhone OS 3.1 beta 2 release,” explained Apple.

As I’ve mentioned above, those involved in testing the iPhone OS 3.1 Beta 2 are prevented from sharing their opinions on the software with the world. Still, a few details about the OS have leaked:

- The IPCC tethering hack, which modifies the carrier files so that you can use tethering on your iPhone, no longer works for AT&T. The iPhone OS 3.0 provides support for tethering, but AT&T does not, at least for the time being.
- Devs can send apps to test devices via WiFi.
- New languages for the video editing options.

This is on top of what the iPhone OS 3.1 Beta 1 has to offer – detailed look here.

Moving on, the App Store has celebrated its first anniversary (1 year old) this weekend and Apple used the occasion to tout its success. It did so by providing some statistics:
- There are more than 65,000 apps available in the App Store.
- More than 100,000 app developers have registered with the iPhone Developer Program.
- People from 77 countries can access the App Store.
- Apple has sold more than 40 million iPhones and iPod Touch devices.
- In its 1 year of existence, the App Store has served 1.5 billion apps to users eager to download them.

“The App Store is like nothing the industry has ever seen before in both scale and quality. With 1.5 billion apps downloaded, it is going to be very hard for others to catch up,” commented Apple CEO, Steve Jobs.



Tags: Apple, iPhone OS 3.1 Beta, SDK, App Store, iTunes
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