Apple has released iPhone SDK beta 8 (9M2199) and iTunes 7.7 to iPhone developers in preparation for the iPhone 3G and iPhone AppStore launch on July 11th.
You can get all the interesting details about the latest iPhone SDK and developer-only version of iTunes after the jump.
iPhone SDK beta 8 (9M2199) is now available to registered developers at iPhone Dev Centre. The latest iPhone SDK is 1.25GB in size, and includes iPhone firmware revision
5A345. The release notes of the latest SDK are as mentioned below:
“Beta release 8 is compatible with the final iPhone OS 2.0 release and
must be used to build and sign any iPhone OS application to be
submitted to the App Store. As a reminder, you must be a member of the
iPhone Developer Program to submit apps.”
iPhone SDK beta 8 requires the pre-release of iTunes 7.7 which has also been released to developers as a seperate download. Developers can use the developer-only iTunes version to "install iPhone OS Beta 8 on your Apple devices." It introduces MobileMe settings and a new Application syncing tab when the device is connected.
The Application syncing tab is to pick and choose which applications are synced to the iPhone.
As you aware, MobileMe support will allow access to new push email, push calendars, push
contacts, and bookmarks delivered over the air to your iPhone.
The pre-release version of iTunes 7.7 release note also hints of an interesting functionality.
“Use iTunes 7.7 to sync music, video, and more with iPhone 3G, and
download applications from the iTunes Store exclusively designed for
iPhone and iPod touch with software version 2.0 or later. Also use the
new Remote application for iPhone or iPod touch to control iTunes
playback from anywhere in your home — a free download from the App
This means that Apple will also be releasing the iTunes Remote App for free via the AppStore to remotely control iTunes running on your home computer from your iPhone.
Apple has also sent out an email notice (snippet below) to developers that they are accepting applications to the iTunes App Store.
"Get started by downloading the eighth beta version of the iPhone OS,
available in the iPhone Dev Center. With this new version of the iPhone
OS you can conduct final testing and prepare your application for
submission to the App Store.”
Pre-release version of iPhone firmware 2.0 which comes bundled with iPhone’s SDK and expected to be released to iPhone users
in early July has already revealed some interesting new features such as:
- Chinese Handwriting Recognition Feature
- Ability to Save Images from Email Attachments
- Save Images straight from iPhone’s Safari browser
- Contact Search and Embedded YouTube Support coming to the iPhone
- Import SIM Contacts feature
- Geo-tagging for photos
- FM radio and Firmware Over The Air (FOTA) support
Let me know your thoughts on this latest iPhone news.[via iPhone Atlas]
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