Feeds

Apple releases iOS 4.1 into the wild

Old devices need not apply

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

Apple has released iOS 4.1, which Steve Jobs outlined in his presentation one week ago, during which he also introduced Cupertino's new iPods, revamped Apple TV, and iTunes-based music sales social networking effort, Ping.

Although the update can be installed on the iPhone 4, 3GS, and 3G, plus the iPod touch second-generation or later, one marquee feature — Game Center — isn't available to iPhone 3G users.

Game Center, according to Apple, "lets you expand your social gaming network. Exponentially." The service is accessed from a home-screen icon, and lets you choose someone with whom to play a multiplayer game, or let the service match you up with a stranger somewhere in the iOS 4.1 universe.

Leaderboards and achievements are also offered, both in the Game Center itself and in individual games. Although Apple has said that in-app game purchases will be possible in Game Center, tapping the Find Game Center Games button currently only takes you to the service's promo page on Apple's website.

Also available in iOS 4.1 are two iPhone 4–only upgrades: high dynamic range imaging, which melds photos shot at different exposures in an attempt to improve image quality, and the ability to upload HD videos to YouTube and Apple's cloudy MobileMe service. As might be expected, the HD video–upload capability is offered only over Wi-Fi.

Apple also claims that iOS 4.1 fixes the iPhone 4's pesky proximity-sensor problems, improves Bluetooth capability, and boosts iPhone 3G performance. There are also unspecified fixes to the Nike+iPod runners' service.

Other iOS 4.1 enhancements include the support for TV-show rentals on iTunes, additional support for AVRCP (audio/video remote control profile) Bluetooth accessories, and the ability to launch FaceTime video-conferencing sessions directly from Favorites — a feature, of course, that's only available to Apple's two FaceTime-enabled handhelds, the iPhone 4 and new iPod touch.

For our iPhone 3GS, the upgrade was a hefty 382.1MB, and installed without a hitch. Apple's Software Update notification says that "feature descriptions and complete instructions" for the iOS 4.1 update for the iPhone and iPod touch are available for download, but as of 11:15am Pacific Daylight Time, only the iPod touch manual had been updated to iOS 4.1. ®

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

More from The Register

next story
Be real, Apple: In-app goodie grab games AREN'T FREE – EU
Cupertino stands down after Euro legal threats
Download alert: Nearly ALL top 100 Android, iOS paid apps hacked
Attack of the Clones? Yeah, but much, much scarier – report
Microsoft: Your Linux Docker containers are now OURS to command
New tool lets admins wrangle Linux apps from Windows
Bada-Bing! Mozilla flips Firefox to YAHOO! for search
Microsoft system will be the default for browser in US until 2020
Facebook, working on Facebook at Work, works on Facebook. At Work
You don't want your cat or drunk pics at the office
Soz, web devs: Google snatches its Wallet off the table
Killing off web service in 3 months... but app-happy bonkers are fine
prev story

Whitepapers

Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
How to determine if cloud backup is right for your servers
Two key factors, technical feasibility and TCO economics, that backup and IT operations managers should consider when assessing cloud backup.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Security and trust: The backbone of doing business over the internet
Explores the current state of website security and the contributions Symantec is making to help organizations protect critical data and build trust with customers.