iPhone iOS4.1 beta update released to developers

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ios 4 1 beta top.jpgThe 4.1 update of the iPhone’s iOS4 software has reached developers in a beta release. Those signed up to the iPhone Developers Program will be able to apply the update to the iPhone 4, 3G, 3GS and 2nd generation iPod Touch models.

Many have hoped that the update will fix the signalling problems that have affected many iPhone 4 handsets. So far reports from those who have applied the update suggest that Apple, as promised, have indeed changed the algorithm for calculating signal strength, with fewer but larger bars illustrating the quality of your phone’s reception.

Elsewhere, the update adds more robust AVRCP Bluetooth controls for music playback, letting you skip tracks and play and pause with a connected device, as well as adding the option to shut off FaceTime and multiplayer games in the Game Center.

Apple have also today announced that they will be holding a press conference at 10 am PST, or 6pm UK time this Friday, presumably to address the issues which have dogged the iPhone 4 since launch. Check back then for all the details on what was said.

Gerald Lynch
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