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iPhone beta hints stereo Bluetooth, GPS, more

updated 01:05 pm EDT, Thu April 10, 2008

iPhone Beta Hints GPS

Text strings in the latest beta of Apple's iPhone 2.0 firmware point both to multiple new features as well as extra steps to prevent unlocking, according to explorations by a Greek iPhone unlocking site. In addition to references to 3G chipsets, the code also adds A2DP and "HeadphoneBT" entries that suggest support for stereo Bluetooth audio, in addition to the "HeadsetBT" mention for existing mono Bluetooth headset support. Bluetooth remote control is also an apparent option.

Other hardware references include an allusion to "RoleGps," implying GPS navigation, as well as an unknown reference to printers. However, earlier references to Nike+ equipment have been dropped and point to delayed or scrapped plans for integrating the sport pedometer with the phone.

References are also made to a new "YouTubePlugIn.webplugin" component for Safari, though the add-on is unlikely to replicate Flash or similar animation plug-ins and instead call on the dedicated YouTube player to load a given video listed on a website. "Google411," associated with Google Maps, suggests the iPhone will receive either a text or voice directory lookup link for given locations.

Apple may also be taking its first steps to actively counter unlocking attempts. A new, clearly identifiable "BRICKED_AND_SIM_LOCKED_STRING" indicates that the phone may eventually refuse to unlock itself for use with unofficial carriers if it detects either it's restricted from normal functions, a condition that can occur partway into the unlocking process. While it's unclear that this would avoid hardware hacks or those that can make deeper changes to the firmware, the move suggests Apple has or will have a solution to casual attempts to de-restrict the phone.



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  1. Feynman

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    June

    Can't come soon enough! lol

  1. rytc

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    how long

    I'm sure Apple will have a way to block current hacks - but how long had it ever taken for people to bypass them. Give people time and it will be unlocked again.

  1. Rezzz

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    remote bricking..

    perhaps this variable string is just part of the new feature apple demo'ed that allows you to remote brick a stolen iphone to prevent data theft.

  1. notehead

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    stereo audio

    The iPhone hasn't had stereo audio over Bluetooth all along? Are you kidding? I'm amazed there hasn't been a huge outcry over that. (Or has there?)

  1. testudo

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    stereo audio

    not that I pay much attention, but I didn't think you could use bluetooth headphones at all for music, it was just for the phone.

    Maybe someday they'll figure out how to use bluetooth sync the phone and pass files around, like, you know, every other bluetooth phone (not counting those hooked to Verizon and, thus, such ability was locked out)

  1. Guest

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    stereo headphones

    does anyone *really* uses that?

  1. beez1717

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    um...

    the problem with the pwnage method is the fact that the whole thing just skips things like the unlocking process. It just SKIPS it all...

  1. MikeD

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    Normal BT operations 1st

    how about we get voice dialing and all that extra bluetooth items first... Then the iPhone would be able to work better with car bluetooth units.

  1. shawnce

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    Google411

    Integration would be interesting since that has voice recognition which could feedback into maps and dialing.

  1. benhur

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    well

    I would have liked the Nike+ features to be included but it's looking pretty great so far.

    I'm looking forward to buying an iPhone in June.

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