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New iPhone 2.1 firmware beta, SDK seeded to developers

A new iPhone firmware, version 2.1 (beta 1, build 5F90), has been released to developers for testing with their applications.

A couple of interesting new additions are new Core Location features and Push Notifications APIs.

The Core Locations features can be used to track direction and speed while you travel, so this *could* be a sign that a turn-by-turn navigation app is coming.

The Push Notifications APIs are still a bit early so don’t expect them to have too much polish at the moment, but they’ll give developers the ability for apps they develop to be able to process notifications, meaning you won’t have to necessarily have an app open for it to receive and process data–nice for IM applications.

Apple is looking to have the Push Notifications feature rolled out by September, so saying that we’ll see the 2.1 firmware released by then too would be a good guess.

If you’re a developer and eager to start playing around with 2.1 and updated SDK, this is important: the new SDK cannot currently be used to submit apps to the App Store.

[Via Mac Rumors]

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