Apple released Tuesday the beta version of iOS 5.1, the first major update since the release of iOS 5 in October.
Soon after its release, developers have found intriguing codenames suggesting that much-awaited Apple products will soon appear.
Thus, the iOS 5.1 code contains references to the iPhone 5 and 2 iPads, internally named iPhone 5,1, iPad 2,4 and iPad 3,3, respectively.
Given that the iPhone 4S was previously listed internally as iPhone 4,1, this reference to iPhone 5,1 could cite the next-generation iPhone model.
The code also lists a new device called J33, which many believe is the future Apple TV box that connects the TV set to the Internet.
The data doesn’t give precise details regarding new devices, but it can help form an idea of Apple’s future release schedule.
Apple recently acknowledged that some users encountered problems with their iPhone 4S battery life and an update to iOS should solve the problem.
The Cupertino company released the first beta of iOS 5.1 for developers on Monday, which many expected to include a fix for the battery problem.
However, according to preliminary analysis of this new version, while some users acknowledge an improvement to the battery life, others reported no change, with some even claiming the problem was now worse.
The site ArsTechica spoke with two analysts to try to understand the cause of the battery drain problem and the reason could be due to the complexity of smartphones.
ABI Research’s Michael Morgan told the site that software is more likely to cause the issue than hardware.
“iOS 5 may simply be using more data transmission or running more background processes to support its new features,” Morgan told Ars. “There is also some potential impact of iCloud services.”
Battery-related issues, or any “undefined glitch,” are a “massive problem” for Apple, Morgan said, noting that it can sometimes be hard to get a solution to the problem with complex software such as iOS 5.
“We tore down the 4S and tested some of the major components, including the new A5 processor,” he added. “Nothing that we tested was significantly different from the iPhone 4, and power draw was right where we expected it to be.”
Given that the current iOS 5.1 is still in beta, this may mean that Apple could still be working on some issues in the software and that the battery problems might get a solution in an upcoming beta or in the final version.
A report from security firm McAfee states that Apple’s iOS offers more security than Google’s Android.
According to the report, Apple’s advantage comes from the fact that the company restricts the way apps can be downloaded from its App Store.
Currently, there have been no known cases of iPhones affected by malware, except those that have been jailbroken.
iOS users can download apps through App Store or through Mobile Device Management, which are tightly controlled by Apple, hence ensuring a safer environment.
On the other hand, the report says, Android welcomes third party management tools on the Marketplace, thus making devices more vulnerable to malware.
iOS currently excludes third-party management tools on iPhone devices, offering its own toolset. By contrast, Android welcomes security apps but by doing so, it puts security at risk.
In addition, given that Android holds the market leadership right now, it is more prone to getting malware because it is the frontrunner.
As a consequence, due to its leading position, Android has attracted new mobile malware attacks, 63 percent in the second quarter of 2011 precisely, despite managing to get ahead of Symbian on the smartphone market.
Less than 48 hours after it went online, the tool that allowed the tethered jailbreak of the iOS 5.0.1 has been removed due to copyright infringement.
A new tool to jailbreak the iPhone, iPad or iPad Touch was released Monday. It’s called Ac1dsn0w and it allowed a tethered jailbreak for iOS 5.0 and 5.0.1.
This jailbreak tool featured Tethered Boot, Exit Recovery, Pwned DFU and it could also work on Snow Leopard.
Unfortunately, the software is no longer available to the public due to copyright issues.
Ac1dSn0w contained Apple’s copyrighted code and because of this PwnDevTeam has pulled the download until further notice.
The team promised to address these copyright issues.