Apple Launches iOS 4.1 Beta iPhone Firmware Update

Apple has launched the first beta version of iOS 4.1 to developers along with the updated SDK, which means it won't be long until the firmware is released to the general public. Several changes and improvements are included in the new version of iOS 4, although reports have indicated the operating system does not correct antenna reception issues.

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The calculation method for displaying bars of cellular signal strength has been revised, and the bar graphics themselves are enlarged. Apple previously announced that the formula they used to convert signal strength to bars was misleading, tacking on extra bars in areas of weak reception. iPhone modem firmware is updated from 01.59.00 to 02.07.01 in the new operating system.

Other changes include cosmetic button improvements, such as the camera shutter release and flash buttons rotating with the orientation of the iPhone. A new setting allows users to switch off the ongoing spell check feature when typing.

Game Center has been redesigned completely. Apple plans to release Game Center in a future firmware update and is making the service a social gaming hub for iOS device users. Participants can post their high scores and find people to play games with online. The company has not announced exactly when Game Center will be released, so it may not be launched publicly with iOS 4.1. The software is expected later this year.

Favorites can now be added to the phone application as either voice favorites or FaceTime favorites. This will allow quick access to those who you wish to video chat with over Wi-Fi.

More changes and improvements are sure to be discovered as developers download iOS 4.1 and start diving into the new firmware. Apple should release the update to iPhone users via iTunes within the coming weeks.