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Apple releases iPhone OS 3 beta 2 to developers

Apple has released iPhone OS 3 beta 2 to developers this week and numerous new features are appearing in the latest beta release.

Apple's engineering department isn't sparing the horses for iPhone OS 3.0. It has released beta 2 to developers along with the green light for developing applications with push notifications. Beta 1 was released only two weeks ago.

Like most Apple updates, the new beta 2 includes several stability and performance enhancements that might make the beta more pleasing to use if you are testing it. We've heard from some early beta 1 testers complaining about the number of issues they were experiencing with the first release.

The iPhone blog

Stability is good, but now there are reports cropping up that new features are appearing in the latest beta including one of the most wanted features--more pages in Springboard--the iPhone's desktop application.

According to the The iPhone Blog, beta 2 has enabled 11 Home Screen pages for application storage, up from the previous nine. This raises the total number of applications available on the iPhone at once to 180 (up from 148).

While this is a welcome change to iPhone OS 3.0, there is still no way apparently to sort alphabetically or to arrange any of the applications by category.

CNET had additional coverage about iPhone OS 3.0 here, here, here, and here.

Developers and beta testers, let us know about your experiences with this latest iPhone OS 3.0 beta in the comments.