Yesterday morning brought the release of beta 3 of iPhone 4.0 and along with the release, a major new enhancement that included an orientation lock and iPod widget controls. However that was not all that beta 3 of iPhone firmware 4.0 delivered.
File sharing abilities have now been revealed in beta 3 of iPhone OS 4.0. Using a very similar process as that found on the Apple iPad, users can now move files to and from their iPhone using their PC or Mac. Using iTunes, users access the “Apps” area of iTunes and just below the list of available applications is an area dedicated to file sharing.
From this new area users can now drag or import their files from their Mac or PC into iTunes and then sync with their iPhone. If files are on the iPhone already, users will use this file sharing area to move the files from the iPhone to the PC/Mac.
Since the feature is still in development, it is difficult to say whether or not it will make the final cut, but considering that the Apple iPad has this functionality, it is very likely that file sharing will be debuting in iPhone OS 4.0.
The iPhone Dev Team are the first out of the gate, to release a jailbreak tool for iPhone OS 4.0.
MuscleNerd announced, on Twitter, that they have released redsn0w 0.9.5, for Mac.
Redsn0w 0.9.5 supports iPhone 3G, on iPhone OS 4.0. This is for developers only, though, as you still need to have your iPhone 3G’s UDID properly registered with a Apple Developer account. This is basically a pre-release, so that devs can get their jailbroken apps ready for the official OS 4.0 release.
The Dev Team warns that the normal user should stay away from this, as there is not a lot of jailbreak apps that work with OS 4.0. Also, your baseband will be upgraded to 05.13, cannot be unlocked, and cannot be downgraded. YOU ARE WARNED!!
Here’s some details, from the iPhone Dev Team:
“”This is a beta release of redsn0w targeted at developers of jailbroken apps. It uses the same pwnage2 DFU-mode exploit that we’ve been using since the 2.x days. Nothing new is revealed to Apple, and it’s not applicable to the iPad. Don’t go near it if you use yellowsn0w, ultrasn0w, or blacksn0w.
Please not that this beta is not meant for the average end-user. There are many things “broken” with jailbroken apps in the 4.0beta1 environment right now (that’s the real reason we showed “Veency” in the 4.0 jailbreak demo video last week, instead of say MobileTerminal.app, which is broken!). This beta redsn0w allows the developers behind those jailbroken apps (like MobileTerminal.app!) to fix their software before the general public gets iphoneOS 4.0.
Because it’s meant for JB app developers, this beta redsn0w does not perform hactivation. You’ll need a properly-registered developer UDID with Apple to get past the activation screen. For similar reasons, there is no Windows version of this beta redsn0w (since apps are developed on MacOSX). Please don’t pirate Apple software.
Anyone other than developers of jailbroken apps porting their software to 4.0beta1 should still be using our previously-released redsn0ws for 3.0 through 3.1.3″”