The iOS SDK 4.1 Beta and iOS 4.1 Beta are available for download to any of the registered iPhone developers. It includes some new features, including new modem firmware software. The update seems to be packed with even more interesting features, which may be why they decided to name it 4.1 instead of 4.0.1 (which is normally reserved for minor updates and bug fixes).
Here are some of them for you to consider:
- New signal bars algorithm, which would make a “better” calculation of the iPhone’s signal strength showing new and taller bars on the phone
- Checking spelling can be turned off now in keyboard preferences
- There’s a new version of the Apple’s new social gaming network: Game Center
- Flash/Camera buttons reposition themselves in landscape
- It seems they’ve removed the possibility to install the Beta unless you provide your device’s UDID
- Favorites in the Phone app can now be added as Voice or Facetime
There are also some rumors about Apple getting harder on the jailbrake community. It seems the company is implementing a new encryption technology to apply a digital watermark or fingerprint that will check periodically if your iDevices have been jailbroken (presumably to inform Apple employees when you try to validate your warranty or AppleCare).
Even though the new algorithm seems to be more accurate and the phone is reporting network status correctly, it’s been reported that the problem with the “Death grip” is still present (which is what you would expect, unless you believe in fairy tales).
Some sites over the web are reporting that Apple has many other features, some of them that could be considered “great,” and which are not yet present in the developer builds released this day.
We’re still waiting on Apple’s true response to the iPhone 4 antenna problem. We know for sure there’s no easy solution to that, but we also know what Apple is made of, and we’d like to think something good is coming from Cupertino to solve this critical issue. After all, I’d hate to wait until an iPhone 5 to get my hands on Apple’s phone for the first time.