iOS 5 system files finger next-gen iPad, iPhone
Fanboys fantasise about new kit in the Fall
Apple's developer-only pre-release version of iOS 5 contains tantalising references to future iPhones and iPads.
Since iOS 5 launches to everyone in the autumn, some folk reckon that's when the new hardware will debut too.
The references to the future iDevice model codes "iPad3,1", "iPad3,2", "iPhone4,1" and "iPhone4,2" are buried deep within the iOS firmware files, TUAW reports.
The iPhone 3G was "iPhone1,1", and subsequent models have been coded accordingly, with the current model the "iPhone3,1" etc.
So the "iPhone4,1" seems certain to be the GSM version of the iPhone 5 or iPhone 4GS - or whatever it'll be called.
With no iOS hardware announcement at Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) this week, rumours that Apple will launch the next iPhone in the autumn gained some credibility.
The consenus among Apple observers has the firm releasing a tweaked iPhone 4 at that point, with an entirely new model, the iPhone 5, out sometime in 2012.
Past rumour-mongering has also had it that Apple will release the iPad 3 in the autumn too - possibly with a much higher-resolution, "Retina" display, and a quad-core CPU - to capitalise on the Christmas market and to keep ahead of the rush of Android tablets that still hasn't quite materialised but probably will have by then. ®
Slow News day then?
After all the iCloud, IOS5 and Microsoft's Verbal diarrhea all the hacks must be suffering from Withdrawal symptoms.
In order to get their fix of self congratulations they come up with a load of startingly obvious articles.
This is one.
No bookie would give to odds at all if you went and asked them if you could placea bet on Apple NOT releasing a new version of iPhone & iPad in the lifetime of IOS5.
Come on el Reg. This is really plumbing new depths of <insert you own sweary word here>.
FAIL. Must do better
I don't understand why this is news... until there are some firm specifications or announcements it seems like a non-story to me, regardless of the fruit content.
What he said ↑
Yes, I'm a fruit lover too. But come on now..
"Apple probably have plans to release an updated version of an iDevice?"
Hardly surprising and/or interesting.
Maybe the Reg could start a section URL'ed /MacRumours for all of these stories. Or, to save time, just point at that site.
iPad and iPhone product lines not yet to be phased out!
More details at 11.