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Apple sent out email to its developers today, announcing the Gold Master release of the iPhone OS 3.2 SDK. The Gold Master release represents the version of the iPhone OS that will ship on the iPad, and likely be released to iPhone users in the near future (possibly the date of the iPad launch).
Today Apple released an updated version of the iPhone SDK 3.2 beta for iPad development on the iPhone Dev Center (developer account required). So far we haven't heard of any significant changes in beta 5, although previous releases generally provided bug fixes and minor improvements for developers.
Today Apple released (developer account required) an updated version of the iPhone SDK 3.2 beta for iPad development. Beta 4 includes several fixes for the SDK, including a fix for Safari's bookmark feature within the simulator. Additionally, it seems that Apple has removed the "Camera" tab from the Photos app within the iPad simulator. The tab led many to believe that the iPad may ship with a camera, however Apple clarifies by saying in the release notes, "The Camera tab represents photos available via the Camera Connection Kit for iPad, and is not relevant for the Simulator. The Camera tab will disappear after a few seconds."
We've been seeing lots and lots of references in the new OS 3.2 SDK betas about cameras and the ability to capture photo and video on the iPad, nearly to the point where it's almost a certainty that some iPad will eventually have a camera. Now even more references have been found, this time supporting a front-facing iPad camera, video conferencing, and even zoom and a flash bulb.
Apple Releases iPhone SDK 3.2 Beta 3 For iPad, Pulls The Update, Includes More Camera References [Updated]
Earlier today, Apple released iPhone SDK 3.2 Beta 3 for iPad developers before pulling the update shortly thereafter. It's not clear why Apple pulled the update, although some have reported that it contained some significant bugs.
Update: Apple has re-released iPhone SDK 3.2 Beta 3 for developers.
In spite of the update being pulled, many folks managed to grab it before it went down. Our pals over at 9 to 5 Mac got their hands on it and found that the iPad simulator now includes the Photos app in addition to Safari, Contacts, and Settings. Most notably, the Photos app contains a "Camera" tab, which could indicate that the iPad will ship with a camera. However, as 9to5 points out, this could simply be related to the iPad's ability to interface with a camera.
Yet more evidence is raising hopes for video chat finally making its way on to the iPhone and iPad. 9to5 Mac has found two icons titled "AcceptVideo" and "DeclineOrEndVideo" in the iPhone OS 3.2 SDK inside the TelephonyUI.framework folder, which houses graphical elements related to telephony. That could mean video calling is in the future, but as that would require a front-facing camera, it could mean video chatting through 3rd party apps as well.
Earlier today Apple released iPhone SDK 3.2 Beta 2, an update to the beta SDK they released late last month. Currently 3.2 is only for iPad development, which allows developers to write applications for the iPad before it's released, although it can also be used for 3.1.3 iPhone development.
Some interesting changes in Beta 2 seem to revolve around the iPad simulator. Early reports indicate that it now includes Safari for iPad and the ability to play audio and video by dragging files into the simulator. If you see anything else, let us know in the comments!
Now that clever people have had time to poke around inside the iPad's SDK (which was released last week), Engadget is reporting that one clever tipster has found evidence of a new device. Buried within the SDK's frameworks, their tipster found what they claim is an internal model number for a new iPhone. Additionally, the iPhone OS 3.1.3 Software Update which was released today has references to model number N80, which Engadget has been told is the next iPod touch.
While these discoveries are definitely of interest, it's no surprise that Apple is working on next-gen versions of the iPhone and iPod touch. Rumors of the next-gen iPhone have been floating around since November of last year, and we do expect to see something this summer.
One of the biggest surprises, and certainly biggest disappointments for many, when Steve revealed the iPad was the lack of a front-facing camera on the device, especially after we had heard several rumors saying it would happen (though arguably one of the most reliable people said it wouldn't). Still, a glimmer of hope, albeit a shaky one, for the future has been uncovered in the new iPhone OS 3.2 SDK beta that may hint at future support for a camera.