Apple has released 2.0 version of the iPhone firmware, while both the AppleTV and and iTunes see updates to support new functionality.
The file, marked version 2.0.5A347, is slightly higher than the one of the latest iPhone Firmware Beta (5A345) which was also spotted on shipping iPhone 3Gs. Despite the filename appearing in the XML file, the actual firmware has not yet been released officially. As well, the firmware carries a “1,2” designation while all previous firmwares, including the beta firmwares carried a “1,1” number.
MacRumors manged to digg and grab a direct download link for the new iPhone 2.0 firmware on Apple’s servers so that you don’t have to wait to make use of the new App Store. First you’ll need to download (direct link), and then perform a little trickery:
In order to install the firmware, you will have to do it manually by pressing the Option key when pressing the “Check for Update” button in iTunes. Then select the .ipsw file manually. If for some reason your download is a “.zip” file, rename it to “.ipsw” before proceeding. [More info: Apple Firmware Guide]
Note: This update apparently erases all of the data on your iPhone. Unfortunately this does not work on the iPod Touch.
The new update brings to the iPhone sanctioned third-party applications via the App Store, as well as Exchange support, mass deletion of e-mails, and various other enhancements.
More than 500 applications are available from the App Store, with approximately a quarter of them being given away for free. There were some notable exceptions: One aviation information application was being sold for $70.
The company's App Store was the reason for the update to iTunes, version 7.7, which was released publicly overnight. That version is required to sync content to the iPhone 3G, as well as download and sync third-party applications to the device.
Be sure to fully sync prior to proceeding. In order to install this firmware, you will have to do it manually by pressing the Option key (Shift under Windows) when pressing the “Check for Update” button in iTunes version 7.7. Then select the .ipsw file manually. If for some reason your download is a “.zip” file, rename it to “.ipsw” before proceeding.
Functionality added includes support for the remote application that allows for the control and playback of iTunes content anywhere in the home via the device. That application for the iPhone and iPod touch is a free download from the App Store.
Rounding out Apple's bevy of updates is the 2.1 release of the AppleTV firmware. It also adds support for the remote application mentioned above, as well as supporting the features of MobileMe. It can be downloaded using the software update link on the settings screen.