iOS 5.1 name-checks next-gen iPad, iPhone
Apple's upcoming telly too?
Apple released iOS 5.1 to app developers yesterday, and already coders are poring over the update in search of references to future products.
Guess what: they found some.
XML files buried within the release point to the next generation of iPhone and iPad, mentioned as, respectively,
The iPhone 4S is the
iPhone4,1, for example.
Code also contains references to a device called the J33, which is believed to be a next-gen Apple TV. Recent Apple TV price cuts made by retailers in the States has led some pundits to predict the small black set-top box will be updated in the near future.
A new Apple TV was referenced as the
AppleTV3,1 in previous iOS releases, so it's entirely possible J33 is something altogether new: Apple's own-brand television, perhaps.
iOS 5.1, it's hoped will fix the battery drain woes experienced by some iPhone 4S and iPhone 4 owners, and which was not sorted by iOS 5.0.1. ®
"Guess what: they found some."
No kidding. I'm presuming that Apple are very aware that they can embed obvious non-information in their devices. When found, this information will result in a load of free marketing because for reasons I can't grasp "Apple plan to sell more iPhones and iPads!" is news.
If the test for obsolescence is that a newer product is in development...
... then every single electronics product on the planet has been obsolete at the time of launch, including the iPhone 4S, all future iPhones and all other phones.
Well this will really stick it to all those people saying apple would call it quits after the iPad 2 and the iPhone 4s! Still, I reckon they'll stop after the next ones.