Apple has just released the new firmware 2.1 beta to developers. Firmware 2.1 brings a better GPS integration for 3G devices to allow using it as a real navigation receiver. The GPS feature “Core Location” can now also detect the speed and the direction of your moves. For 2G and 3G users there will be an update included for better integration of push notifications.
Along with this beta Apple shipped the new SDK. But currently this new SDK cannot be used to provide Apps to the AppStore.
We are not aware yet, if this update solves the slowing-down issues of Apps (we reported here).
Ok here we go with the details about the new 3G iPhone. Steve Jobs revealed it about one hours ago on the Apple WWDC in San Francisco.
3G iPhone (means UMTS for us europeans)
8GB modell with black backside or 16GB modell with white backside
case is completely in plastic now :-(
real GPS integrated
headphone jack won’t need adapters anymore
improved battery life:
up to 300 hours standby
up to 10 hours of 2G talking time, 5 hours of 3G talking time
up to 6 hours of internet browsing
up to 7 hours of watching video
up to 24 hours of listening audio
advanced Microsoft Exchange Support
Access to App Store (Apps will be DRM protected to prevent copying)
Viewing of Apple iWord documents, MS Word and MS Excel (no editing, though)
Introduction to the markets begin with July 11th and will be rolled out in more than 70 countries (see complete list here). The prices for the US market will be 199$ for the 8GB modell and 299$ for the 16GB modell. We suspect the low prices result from cheaper manufacturing costs for the plastic backside and from higher amounts of produced devices. The new iPhone 2.0 firmware will be available to customers of the old iPhone and iPod touch at the same time.
We will come back to this new iPhone once we got hold of one. Anyway, although in many countries the iPhone will be offered by more then just one carrier, we suspect it still to be SIM locked. So don’t buy it until we tell you how to SIM free and jailbreak ;-)
It’s been reported, Apple’s plans to apply a new strategy against unlocking and jailbreaking. AT&T in the US and O2 in the UK will force consumers to sign the contract first before they get their hands on one of those new 3G iPhones. We expect this activation strategy to be implemented worldwide, although it has not been confirmed in other countries, yet. If this is true the grey market of iPhones would most likely be destroyed. But let’s see what really happens on july, 11th.