Apple has unveiled a slew of updates in preparation for the iPhone 3G and iPhone AppStore launch on July 11th.
SDK 8 Apple has posted the eighth beta of the iPhone SDK to its developer site. Registered developers can now access Beta 8 at the iPhone Dev Center. Release notes reportedly state:
"Beta release 8 is compatible with the final iPhone OS 2.0 release and must be used to build and sign any iPhone OS application to be submitted to the App Store. As a reminder, you must be a member of the iPhone Developer Program to submit apps."
Beta 8 requires a pre-release version of iTunes 7.7 which introduces MobileMe settings and a new Application syncing tab when the device is connected. You can pick and choose which applications are synced to the iPhone and iPod Touch. MobileMe support allows access to new push email, push calendars, push contacts, and bookmarks delivered over the air to your iPhone or iPod Touch.
iTunes Remote App
This pre-release version of iTunes hints at new functionality for a previously unannounced iPhone and iPod Touch application:
"Use iTunes 7.7 to sync music, video, and more with iPhone 3G, and download applications from the iTunes Store exclusively designed for iPhone and iPod touch with software version 2.0 or later. Also use the new Remote application for iPhone or iPod touch to control iTunes playback from anywhere in your home ? a free download from the App Store."
Apple will be releasing a free app from the App Store that allows you to remotely control iTunes in your home from your iPhone or iPod Touch, presumably using a Wi-Fi connection.
Apple also sent out an email notice to developers that they are accepting applications to the iTunes App Store. The email reads:
"Get started by downloading the eighth beta version of the iPhone OS, available in the iPhone Dev Center. With this new version of the iPhone OS you can conduct final testing and prepare your application for submission to the App Store."
Discuss these new releases in the iPhone Atlas forums.