iPhone 2.0: Stereo Bluetooth, GPS, Printers, YouTube, and... Bricking?!

The deep dig into the latest iPhone 2.0 firmware beta 3 continues, with iPhoneBuzz reporting that they've found strings and/or references to A2DP stereo bluetooth support, bluetooth remote control, GPS (internal or external via BT not determinable yet), something to do with printers, Google 411 for Maps, as well as previously rumored YouTube plugin for MobileSafari Touch, the Infineon 3G chipset, and the apparent removal of the previous Nike + Sports references.

Hinting that Apple might be getting back into the cat'n'mouse game with unlockers is also a new reference to the chillingly named "BRICKED_AND_UNLOCKED_SIM_STRING" (cue Imperial March theme). What this means, and how long it takes to pwn it remains a mystery at post time.

So, is our 2.0 lust reaching a fever-pitch yet? Does brick-timidation put a damper on it? And where the name of all that's Jobsy is our cut'n'paste?

What do you think?

Rene Ritchie

Rene Ritchie is one of the most respected Apple analysts in the business, reaching a combined audience of over 40 million readers a month. His YouTube channel, Vector, has over 90 thousand subscribers and 14 million views and his podcasts, including Debug, have been downloaded over 20 million times. He also regularly co-hosts MacBreak Weekly for the TWiT network and co-hosted CES Live! and Talk Mobile. Based in Montreal, Rene is a former director of product marketing, web developer, and graphic designer. He's authored several books and appeared on numerous television and radio segments to discuss Apple and the technology industry. When not working, he likes to cook, grapple, and spend time with his friends and family.