updated 09:15 am EDT, Tue July 15, 2008
iPhone 2.0.1 in testing?
Apple may already have the next iteration of iPhone firmware in late development, web traffic indicates. Data analyzed from server logs shows a minority of references to iPhones running firmware titled v2.0.1, instead of the normal v2.0 available preloaded or as an iTunes upgrade. The connecting phones are further divided into different builds, with 2.5G models running 5B101, and 3Gs relying on 5B103.
Significantly, v2.0.1 devices appeared online before v2.0 was pushed to the public, and their traffic has originated from only two places: San Francisco, not far from Apple's Cupertino headquarters, and Atlanta, the home of AT&T Mobility. It is also not uncommon for new phone technologies to be field-tested, and this is believed to have happened with the original iPhone in 2007.