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  • iPhone SDK 8, Firmware 2.0 Beta 8, and iTunes 7.7 seeded to Developers


    Apple yesterday seeded new releases of iPhone software to developers, including SDK 8, OS 2.0 Beta 8, and iTunes 7.7.

    An anonymous tipster sent us in the info that came with it:

    iTunes 7.7 pre-release seed is being provided solely for the purpose of installing iPhone OS beta 8 on your Apple devices. The use of this pre-release software is governed by the same non-disclosure agreement covered in your Registered iPhone Developer Terms and Conditions with Apple. iTunes 7.7 pre-release software is for development and testing purposes only and therefore should not be used with any existing iTunes libraries on your system.

    Request new iPhone Development Certificate
    To prepare for the release of iPhone OS 2.0, certificates issued prior to June 9, 2008 have been
    revoked. Request new iPhone Development Certificates in the Program Portal and have a Team
    Admin re-generate any provisioning profiles containing the revoked certificates.
    Looks like AppStore won't work without the latest version of iTunes installed. Developers are now encouraged to submit their apps for review - the last we heard they were able to submit the metadat, but uploads were not yet working for the actual apps.

    The OS 2.0 Beta 8 firmware is NOT the Golden Master that some sites had rumored was released, but that firmware version will still be released by early July, as Steve let us know in the last keynote.

    Also of interest - the usual RAM disk decryption is no longer possible in beta 8. The dev team and hacking community will have to figure this one out in the next couple weeks before launch.

    This is unverified, but the tipster also sent us this blurb from the Whats New in iTunes 7.7:

    What's new in iTunes 7.7
    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 Store.
    This could be confirmation of the rumor that's been going around on the Remote application which lets you control iTunes with the iPhone.

    Further iTunes 7.7 info:

    I may be too late, but you may want to add this that I forgot to include in the tip:

    When I launched iTunes 7.7 I found that it introduces MobileMe settings under the Info Tab and a new Application syncing tab.
    The MobileMe settings redirects you to the browser to a http page at Apple, but it is currently unavailable.

    iTunes Store behaves as usual. No App Store or link so far.

    On a side note: I now have an iPhone with 2.0 Beta 5A345, but surprisingly my other iPhone with 2.0 Beta 5A240d that is Pwned, is now recognized as a regular iPhone and not with the generic iPod icon. Nevertheless, music downloaded from iTunes still won’t sync because it reports that the software is too old.

    So far the usual tricks I used to downgrade from 5A331 (Beta 7) to 1.1.4 are apparently not working. Thus for the moment I am stuck with Beta 8 on one of my devices.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iPhone SDK 8, Firmware 2.0 Beta 8, and iTunes 7.7 seeded to Developers started by Kyle Matthews View original post
    Comments 39 Comments
    1. thetoothfairy's Avatar
      thetoothfairy -
      I am trying to decide if I should buy the new one or not... from what I am seeing the 3g is not in my area and in Michigan it is only offered in the bigger cities.....

      So if I did buy it I would be paying more for the 3g and would not be able to use it..... what a rip!

      I have a 8 gig right now... if I didn't buy the new one I wish I would have bought the 16 gig now....
    1. mfleigle's Avatar
      mfleigle -
      I know this isnt the correct place to ask this, but I didnt want to start a new thread: Other than 3G, and GPS is there any other difference between the 1G and 2G? (I am talking about the internals not the iPhones form)

      The only reason I ask is that I do not get 3G at my house and the nearest location is 30 miles away, and I am very happy with the accuracy of Google Maps. (And there is the fact that I am still paying off the $600 I paid last year)
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      3G, GPS, Flush headphone jack, and a different casing. The rest is essentially the same. Same screen, same camera, same OS/Software.

      Oh yeah, I think the speakers got upgraded a bit too.
    1. l0uisz's Avatar
      l0uisz -
      good info! Can't wait till the hacked version of 2.0 =D
    1. sk8ertim's Avatar
      sk8ertim -
      Is the 2.0 A2DP active?
      Cause I WANT THE BLUETOOTH!
    1. Songbird's Avatar
      Songbird -
      I just got the latest beta, it's AMAZING!
    1. Nicholas Knight's Avatar
      Nicholas Knight -
      So how are people liking the beta so far?
    1. Iphone610's Avatar
      Iphone610 -
      also i love my jailbroken phone for the fact i can apply themes and vwallpaper etc.. can we do this on the new firmware without jailbreaking it again? Using apps liek customizer and smbprefs?
    1. coalpha's Avatar
      coalpha -
      its out in the torrents now, anyone install it yet?
    1. haibane's Avatar
      haibane -
      Quote Originally Posted by coalpha View Post
      its out in the torrents now, anyone install it yet?
      Yep I tried it. It works surprisingly so far as I can tell
    1. ricardofelixb's Avatar
      ricardofelixb -
      awesome, im gonna upgrade the SDK tomorrow
    1. aperry's Avatar
      aperry -
      Installed beta 8. Mixed feelings so far. Exchange works nicely with my corporate system. Dead simple to configure and the main features just "work" (push style). Except that apparently they left out the ability to schedule a meeting and invite people to it. Any business user worth his salt will be disappointed. Blackberry can do this.

      Also, now that I have my corporate contacts I've noticed some performance problems. Certain parts of the UI just hang for several seconds. I'm assuming it's because of my 500+ contacts, but I suppose it could be some "push" activity happening behind the scenes? Don't know for sure, but if anything I think UI performance is decreased in general.

      Also, still no landscape keyboard for email. I can't believe they haven't added this, but hopefully someone can code up a 3rd party app.

      I'm worried about battery life with push email. But I'll need more time with it to understand whether it's a real issue.

      PS: I've also tried the 802.1x and it works well with my corporate wireless. Unfortunately the Cisco IPSec isn't something I can try because my IT department won't give me the group authentication password, and there's apparently no way to import a Cisco profile definition (with includes the encrypted password). Too bad.
    1. haibane's Avatar
      haibane -
      Quote Originally Posted by aperry View Post
      Installed beta 8. Mixed feelings so far. Exchange works nicely with my corporate system. Dead simple to configure and the main features just "work" (push style). Except that apparently they left out the ability to schedule a meeting and invite people to it. Any business user worth his salt will be disappointed. Blackberry can do this.

      Also, now that I have my corporate contacts I've noticed some performance problems. Certain parts of the UI just hang for several seconds. I'm assuming it's because of my 500+ contacts, but I suppose it could be some "push" activity happening behind the scenes? Don't know for sure, but if anything I think UI performance is decreased in general.

      Also, still no landscape keyboard for email. I can't believe they haven't added this, but hopefully someone can code up a 3rd party app.

      I'm worried about battery life with push email. But I'll need more time with it to understand whether it's a real issue.

      PS: I've also tried the 802.1x and it works well with my corporate wireless. Unfortunately the Cisco IPSec isn't something I can try because my IT department won't give me the group authentication password, and there's apparently no way to import a Cisco profile definition (with includes the encrypted password). Too bad.
      Good writeup mate.
    1. aperry's Avatar
      aperry -
      Quote Originally Posted by haibane View Post
      Good writeup mate.

      Got the IPSec VPN working too. Not much to test here, other than to say it seems to work nicely.

      Slightly off-topic: One google search reveals how easy it is to crack Cisco encrypted group passwords. It's kind of scary really. My IT department wouldn't be happy with me, but I'm tempted to show them just how easy this is. The worst part is that the stored user password (which I think is often your corporate password) is also easily cracked by the same tool. Yikes. You could, for example, borrow someone's laptop, navigate to the "profiles" folder, copy the encrypted password into the web tool and you can have their password within 5 seconds.

      PS: I'm not a hacker and I certainly have no idea what's happening behind the scenes here, but it seems like a huge security risk especially considering this is a VPN tool focused on security in the first place.
    1. cosmoLV's Avatar
      cosmoLV -
      i installed beta 8 and so far i'm from Latvia and not have AT&T and connot activate or unlock i'm stuck on beta 8 for one day...
      spend all night to find the way how to downgrade new baseband and get back to 1.1.4
      finaly i got it i'm back to 1.1.4 and downgrade baseband 04.05.04_G to 04.04.05_G
      it's not so easy for now, but way what i found is wery easy ============================================
      About decrypting beta 8 ram disk - its on the way, the method is little bit diferent. But we are hard working on this. We also hawe one click unlock solution for all firmwares including beta 7
      For now hard work on beta 8
    1. aperry's Avatar
      aperry -
      Wow, battery usage appears significantly increased with push enabled. Similar to Windows Mobile (I once had a PPC6700), it seems that the more emails you get, the more quickly the battery runs down. Not surprisingly I guess because it's using the same technology, but it seems pretty significant to me. For the last two nights I went to bed with somewhere around 50% battery and woke up with the phone dead. Wireless is off. Each night I probably received somewhere around 20 emails.

      I think one of the first apps I'll be looking for is a home screen button to easily turn "push" on and off.
    1. haibane's Avatar
      haibane -
      Quote Originally Posted by aperry View Post
      Wow, battery usage appears significantly increased with push enabled. Similar to Windows Mobile (I once had a PPC6700), it seems that the more emails you get, the more quickly the battery runs down. Not surprisingly I guess because it's using the same technology, but it seems pretty significant to me. For the last two nights I went to bed with somewhere around 50% battery and woke up with the phone dead. Wireless is off. Each night I probably received somewhere around 20 emails.

      I think one of the first apps I'll be looking for is a home screen button to easily turn "push" on and off.
      I have found this out too. Not sure about phone dying over night, but the push sounds about right. The thing I have issues with is its a hair laggy at times.
    1. macphanatic's Avatar
      macphanatic -
      aperry,

      Did you need IT to give you any info or allow your iPhone to connect to Exchange Server? I'm wondering if it will work by just entering the proper account info into the iPhone.
      Thanks
    1. aperry's Avatar
      aperry -
      Quote Originally Posted by macphanatic View Post
      aperry,

      Did you need IT to give you any info or allow your iPhone to connect to Exchange Server? I'm wondering if it will work by just entering the proper account info into the iPhone.
      Thanks
      I did not need them to enable anything, but I did need to track down the "Group Secret"which you'll see in the IPSec version of VPN settings. If you have the encrypted version of this then you can crack it quite easily by doing a google search.

      Hope this helps.