We had seen this coming, Apple has seeded developers of iPhone’s Developer program with a beta version of iPhone firmware 2.1 (Beta 1, Build 5F90).
The beta version of the iPhone firmware which will be available to iPhone users only at a later date has revealed some interesting features.
According to MacNN, there are entries for several commands the firmware does not currently support, including cutting, copying and pasting. They have observed this in the Localizable.strings entry under English.lproj in the current iPhone WebKit framework hinting that we could see the Copy and Paste feature soon. With iPhone apps like Typepad and WordPress for blogging now available via iTunes App Store, it’s a feature that is surprisingly still missing. In case, you are looking for a way to use copy and paste on your iPhone, you can checkout this hack.
Apple has included new Core Location features which indicates that turn-by-turn GPS on iPhone 3G could become a reality as it can reportedly track your direction and the speed at which you are travelling.
Apple has also included early Push Notifications APIs that allows applications to process notifications in the background.
The hints don’t confirm that these features will be available in iPhone firmware 2.1. Lets hope the features do make it to iPhone firmware 2.1 and it also resolves some of the issues which some first generation iPhone and iPhone 3G users are facing.
The seed is only available to registered iPhone developers who were accepted prior to July 11th, 2008 and it seems like the new SDK cannot be used to submit Apps to the current App Store.
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