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Apple tablets tracked running iPhone 3.2

updated 07:45 am EST, Mon January 25, 2010

Online checks show device with unreleased SW

Mobile analytics firm Flurry late last night claims to have discovered evidence of about 50 tablet-class devices in use on Apple's campus. While not describing features, such as a higher resolution screen, the researchers note that all of the devices are running the as yet unreleased iPhone 3.2. The move suggests tablets may have a significant update to the interface but not necessarily a major overhaul.

Analysis also shows that the devices appear to be using existing iPhone apps but that the bias appears to be towards games, suggesting a heavy entertainment focus. It also has a significant daily media component, such as e-readers and Internet radio. In many cases the downloads were for very recent apps. Media sharing, social networking and travel guides were also common app categories among the 50 devices.

The combined effect produces a view a tablet as a gradual evolution of the iPhone rather than a complete makeover. However, with high expectations the possibility remains that some features remain secret.

by MacNN Staff



  1. MacAssemble

    Joined: Dec 1969


    iPhone OS?

    Don't really need a larger iPhone/iPod Touch, unless it has significant features to differentiate it from the latter. I feel it may not sell as well as they hope.

  1. Flying Meat

    Joined: Dec 1969


    No mention of how

    Flurry determined these were tablets.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: how

    It's easy. See, you get the information that it is iPhone 3.2. Then you determine how often information is requested. So if calls to load additional pages come in at a slower rate, than it implies that there is more data on the screen to be ingested. Thus, a larger screen device. Now, depending on the amount of delay between data pulls, it then is easy to prove that it is a 9" tablet device, not 10" like others are claiming (ha, like what do they know!).

    Sure, it would seem completely stupid that the mythical device would be almost ready for its imminent release on an unsuspecting world, you'd think the OS would have been in testing well before now.

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