This week, Apple has started to beta test the next software update, iOS 4.1, for iPhone and iPod touch.
A beta of iOS 4.1 (build # 8B5080c) is now available to developers. Alongside the beta iOS release, Apple has also pushed out the iOS SDK 4.1 Beta.
If this beta period goes anything like previous iPhone software betas, then we may see a new iOS beta update every two weeks, as is typical of the Apple iOS beta schedule.
iOS 4.1 is the update that Apple promised will be available to correct the number of signal bars being displayed on iPhone 3G, 3GS and iPhone 4. While this won’t fix the reception problems of the iPhone 4, it will correct the displaying signal strength.
The update also brought a visually updated Game Center, the Flash/Camera buttons reposition themselves in landscape (iPhone 4), the Favorites in the Phone app can now be added as Voice or Facetime (iPhone 4), and check Spelling can be turned Off in Settings. iOS 4.1 has also updated the iPhone 4 modem firmware to 02.07.01 from 01.59.00.
At this time, only registered developers’ iPhone and iPod touch devices will be able to install iOS 4.1. The iOS 4.1 update is expected to be publicly released in the next few weeks.