Apple has reportedly seeded its second iOS 4.1 beta to developers. The update was distributed as five unique variants for the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 3G, 3rd-generation iPod touch, and 2nd-generation iPod touch.
It wasn’t too long ago that Apple gave iPhone devs a chance to check out the iOS 4.1 beta 1, so this update bodes well for getting iOS 4.1 officially pushed out to the iPhone-using masses. As a quick reminder, the iPhone Dev Team is presumably waiting on Apple to go live with their 4.1 update before publishing their iPhone 4 jailbreak and unlock tools. The idea is to wait as long as possible so as to not give Cupertino a chance to lock onto the security holes and issue patches that could possibly kill the new jailbreak and unlock tools for good.
Most critically, the release is expected to include a fix for proximity sensor malfunctions on the iPhone 4. From the onset, users have found that the touchscreen on their iPhone 4 will sometimes activate while on a call, resulting in accidentally pressed buttons that can place a call on hold or even end it and dial a different number almost instantaneously.
Released in June, iOS 4.0 is already said to be powering half of all the iPhones currently in use by consumers worldwide. Apple has not announced a time-frame for the iOS 4.1 public launch.