Apple Releases 4th Beta of iPhone OS 3.0 and Pre-release version of iTunes 8.2: Reveals More Details

iPhone firmware 3.0 event

Apple has seeded developers of their iPhone Developer Program with the fourth beta version of iPhone OS 3.0 which Apple had previewed in March. The new beta version has revealed some more details of iPhone OS 3.0.

Apple has also released a developer pre-release version of iTunes 8.2, which is required to activate the new beta. MacRumors reader has also discovered references to Blu-Ray data from Gracenote which indicates that iTunes could support Blu-Ray discs.

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Apple has seeded developers of their iPhone Developer Program with the fourth beta version of iPhone OS 3.0 (Build: 7A300g). Apple has also released an updated version of iPhone SDK (Build: 9M2734). Based on previous beta releases, Apple seems to be rolling out a new beta version every two weeks.

iPhone developers have already observed the following changes in the fourth beta version of iPhone OS 3.0:

  • It looks like the camera app will show you the preview after you have taken a photo in iPhone OS 3.0 and give you the option to either "Retake" it or "Use" it.

  • iPhone firmware 3.0 details

  • You have a new Store option in the Settings tab as seen in the screenshot below which indicates that you will be able to use multiple iTunes accounts just like you can on the desktop version of iTunes.

  • iPhone firmware 3.0 details

The developer pre-release version of iTunes 8.2 has revealed references to Blu-Ray data from Gracenote which indicates that iTunes could support Blu-Ray discs.

Gracenote Inc, formerly called CDDB (Compact Disc Data Base) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony Corporation. The company maintains and licenses an Internet-accessible database containing information about the contents of audio compact discs.

In Jan 2008, Gracenote had introduced a video platform to expand its digital media product line which provides metadata, cover art, synopsis, cast/credits, and detailed product information for DVD, HD-DVD, and Blu-Ray discs.

So the references to Gracenote indicates that we could see some kind of support for Blu-Ray discs in iTunes 8.2 but that doesn't mean we'll see Blu-Ray coming to the Mac as Steve Jobs had commented last October:

"Blu-ray is a bag of hurt. I don’t mean from the consumer point of
view. It’s great to watch
movies, but the licensing is so complex. We’re waiting until things
settle down, and waiting until Blu-ray takes off before we burden our
customers with the cost of licensing."

As always, we will let you know if we get any more details so stay tuned here at iPhone Hacks.

[via AppleInsider, TheiPhoneBlog]

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