iPhone iOS 4.1 beta is now available for download

Now the question on everyone’s mind is: does this update fix the reception issues as promised?

Well, along with taller reception bars, iOS 4.1 does includes a new modem firmware (updated to 02.07.01 from 01.59.00), presumably to improve reception. So far, some users report that they’re getting 3 bars where they previously got 5, which by itself seems like a downgrade, but it may also indicate a more accurate representation of the iPhone’s reception. Unfortunately this doesn’t seem to keep the iPhone from dropping its signal when held “the wrong way”.

Old bars (red) compared to the new bars (green), courtesy of MacRumors member “macduke”

Still, one has to wonder if there’s something more to this beta coming out now considering the iPhone 4 press conference scheduled for Friday.

Other changes include:

– You can now add Favorites in the Phone app as FaceTime or Voice Call
– Parental controls now include FaceTime and Game Center
– Game Center is back wth a brand new look

– You can now turn Spelling Check off in the keyboard settings

Developers can download the beta here.

Have you found any other changes in 4.1? Let us know in the comments.

Sofia is a 23-year old marketing and advertising student from Portugal who is also interested in techs and gadgets. A true Apple fangirl and the silliest geek you'll ever meet.