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Saturday, October 25, 2008, 07:00 am PT (10:00 am ET)

Apple devs get new iPhone, Snow Leopard pre-releases

Apple developers this weekend are enthusiastically reporting that they've been provided with new test releases of the both the next iPhone software update and Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard.

iPhone Software 2.2 beta 2

iPhone Software 2.2 beta 2 is reported to have made its way to developers early friday afternoon alongside a new version of the iPhone SDK with support for hardware accessories that provide audio input to the iPhone and iPod touch.

The new version of iPhone Software itself is said to add Google Street Views to the handset's built-in Maps application, as was reported earlier in the month.

Other features expected as part of the upcoming release, and outlined earlier, include a preference to turn off the iPhone's text auto-correction, and support for Japanese emoji icons.



Snow Leopard

Separately, developers are reporting on the web that they've been provided with the first test releases of Snow Leopard since June's Worldwide Developers Conference.

The downloadable software is said to weigh is at nearly 7GB in size and carry build number is 10A190.

The release is expected to incorporate enhancements noted earlier this month, such as a Finder completely re-written in Cocoa, the beginnings of Microsoft Exchange integration, and a new ImageBoot function.