iPhone OS 3.1 Beta Available for Developers


Following closely on the official release of iPhone OS 3.0, Apple (s aapl) has seeded a developer build of version 3.1, build 7C97D, along with the SDK.

The point release appears to be more than bug fixes, too. A number of sites, including Gizmodo, are reporting features like:

  • Faster boot time
  • Bluetooth voice control
  • Access to video editing through APIs for third-party developers
  • Non-destructive editing of video by allowing saving of copies
  • Fraud Protection, or phishing warnings, as an option in preferences for Safari

This discussion at MacRumors also has an interesting list of new features:

  • A carrier selection preference, though apparently not for AT&T customers
  • An MMS option, though again this does not apply to AT&T customers yet
  • Saving video sent in e-mail to the camera roll
  • Direct copying and pasting in the address book, no need to select edit first
  • Copy and paste phone numbers to and from the phone keypad
  • Canceling text messages as they are sent
  • Choose picture size/quality for MMS video, where MMS is an option

As for fixes, the biggest problem, so far, relates to hardware of the iPhone 3GS, not the OS. Whether the new firmware helps with overheating issues has not been reported yet.

The speed at which Apple is updating the iPhone firmware is intriguing. From the final of version of 1.0 to 1.1, over two months passed, and nearly that much time from 2.0 to 2.1 and 2.1 to 2.2. Of course, this latest version of the iPhone OS is a beta, but it’s hard to imagine two more months will pass before iPhone OS 3.1 is officially released. One possible explanation might be that with the apparent early success of the Palm Pre, Apple feels the need to compete a little more aggressively. If so, bring on Windows Mobile 7.