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Firmware reveals next-generation iPhone

updated 11:50 pm EST, Wed January 28, 2009

Next-gen iPhone

A deeper look into the latest iPhone firmware reveals the model number of the next-generation iPhone, according to MacRumors. The original iPhone carries the designation "iPhone 1,1" and the 3G variant accounts for the presence of "iPhone 1,2". The latest firmware includes a reference to "iPhone 2,1" that would imply a major revision. In comparison, the first generation iPod touch is labeled "iPod 1,1" while the current model is referenced as "iPod 2,1" and integrates functionality for a speaker and external volume adjustment, in addition to a faster processor and mic support.

Rumors surrounding the inevitable next iPhone have established a wide range of speculation. Aftermarket case designs point to a smaller form-factor handset, suggested to carry the name "Nano." The device could arrive with a lower price-point, with some speculation claiming that 3G support will be dropped.

A lower-priced device could prove a formidable foe to the current BlackBerry and Palm products that fall well below the iPhone's $199 base price. Other rumors suggest that the upcoming phone will initially launch in China, although Apple typically introduces products to the domestic market first.

by MacNN Staff



  1. freudling

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Apple is not doing the Nano, and they even said as much at the last conference call in January. They are also not doing a Netbook, and they have stated they have no interest in doing one, both implicitly and explicitly.

    There is no Netbook and there is no iPhone Nano... both devices make no sense. Netbooks are dead in the water and they would never reduce the functionality of the iPhone or complicate their product line by offering 2 variants of it.

    Can we stop the madness?

  1. SierraDragon

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Netbook possible

    Agreed no nano, but while Tim Cook said a netbook was inappropriate now the market could evolve.

  1. bfalchuk

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Yes, Tim and Steve both said that they are watching the netbook space closely, not that they will never do it.

  1. njfuzzy

    Joined: Dec 1969



    The internal model numbering is interesting. I believe in most cases, the first digit represents a whole new product, and the second represents an iteration. However, in cases like the iPod Touch, they have bumped the first digit for an upgrade.

    I suspect, given the notable differences in the iPhone 3G upgrade, that an iPhone 2,1 represents an entirely new additional model, not the next version.

  1. Constable Odo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    If the economy stays bad

    then Apple is going to have to do it whether they like it or not. There offering won't be inexpensive, but they have to offer something in the way of a netbook if demand is that high.

    It doesn't make much sense to me that Apple would be so foolish to ignore the fact that many people want netbooks even if they're not all that practical. Apple can't build a cheaper netbook, but maybe they can build a better netbook. One that runs Mobile OSX. I suppose Apple knows best since they have the resources to do the necessary research and they know their own business model.

    It's just that there isn't always a sound reason why people want certain things. f*** apps shouldn't be in great demand but they are.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    re: 2,1

    I don't know why you think it would be an additional phone. The iPod was a replacement. Why couldn't this be a replacement?

    And it could just be meaningless. I recall the same article years ago that proved the PowerBook g5 was right around the corner.

  1. Feathers

    Joined: Dec 1969


    what apple do...

    Some of the above comments assume that Apple "has to" or "must" do certain things including respond to the wants and needs of its customers. Of course, if you've been using Apple products since before they produced Mac products you will know that Apple has seldom if ever considered any interest other than its own. Count the number of times they have simply cut legacy loose and customers along with it. Why do you think the Apple logo has a bite out of it? You are always left with the feeling that something's missing... whether it's a floppy drive, PCI-X, firewire or something. Apple products are NEVER complete, you always have to buy the next one, and the next one, and the next one in the vain hope that finally maybe, you'll get an iPod that has, oh I dunno... a built in radio?

  1. ff11

    Joined: Dec 1969



    First, most people buy iPods precisely to GET AWAY from the radio and the two crappy songs they play amid the 58 minutes of commercials every hour.

    That said, gluttons for punishment or those with bad taste have several options for listening to the radio on the iPod touch. They could get a 3rd party radio receiver, or they could listen to internet radio. Again, why they would WANT TO is beyond me.

  1. TheSnarkmeister

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Get real..

    All corporations lie, right up until the moment they see benefit in (or are forced into) telling the truth. This isn't cynicism, it's an axiom.

    Apple's official comments regarding net books and nano phones are just as meaningless as their statements were regarding Job's health, regarding negotiations with Sun, regarding not building a cell phone, and so forth and so on.

    If American businessmen could be trusted, the country wouldn't be in the mess we are today, but we are, and they can't be.

  1. luckyday

    Joined: Dec 1969




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