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iOS 4.1 beta pointing to iPad revision, 'unknown' product?

updated 04:15 pm EDT, Thu August 19, 2010

iPod touch likely getting iPhone 4 trimmings

Apple is doing internal testing of iOS 4.1 with three new products, an AppleInsider source claims. As in other versions of iOS, the latest beta of v4.1 contains "configuration descriptors" for USB devices. One of the devices as listed as "iPod 4,1," clearly referencing a fourth-generation iPod touch.

The player is expected to get many of the features of the iPhone 4, including an A4 processor, a Retina Display and FaceTime support, the last backed by dual cameras. No indication has emerged either way for other wishlist features, such as greater storage or a built-in GPS receiver. When the iPhone 4 was launched in June, it continued to use the same 16 and 32GB capacities as the iPhone 3GS.

More unusual in the descriptors is "iProd 2,1," likely referring to a new iPad, since the current design was at one pointed hinted at with "iProd 1,1." The major question is whether the product might be an updated 9.7-inch model, or a rumored 7-inch variant that would be cheaper and lighter. The latter may be based on ARM's Cortex-A9 processor, and double RAM to 512MB.

The beta finally includes a descriptor for something listed only as "unknownHardware" with the product ID 20547. It could potentially be a 7-inch iPad, or else the reported reincarnation of the Apple TV as the iTV. The latter is anticipated to use iOS and support apps, and even come equipped with an A4.

An announcement of several new devices is expected in September, when Apple traditionally refreshes iPods.






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  1. Gazoobee

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    not a 7 inch iPad

    It doesn't make sense to me that if Apple would drop the current sized iPad so soon, so if there is a seven inch iPad then there would have to be two different sized models of iPads in the next generation.

    I don't see any reason why these wouldn't both be tested side by side and at the same time. So until "iProd 2, 2" shows up as well, I'm gonna say that "iProd 2,1" most likely refers to the same size iPad as this year.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    wow!

    That settles it! We have absolute proof that Apple has unreleased products!

    And all you naysayers out there saying Apple was just resting on it's laurels for the next 6 months!

  1. chas_m

    Moderator

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -7

    Hmm

    My guess would be that "unknown product" is "none of the above."

    I'll stick my neck out and predict that Apple will create a new product that has greatly limited function in exchange for a budget price. THAT is what the 7-inch screens are about, I think, not an "iPad Junior."

    Imagine a iPad-like device that didn't do anything except play iTunes Store (and personal) media or iBooks books, email/web and Facetime. 7-inch screen, 1024x768 Retina Display. Doesn't run anything else. No App Store. For let's say $299.

    Obviously I could be totally wrong, but I'm just really not seeing a 7-inch iPad, so I was thinking of something more dedicated and focused.

  1. lordarka

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    No app store?

    Apple's major source of revenue these days are its online stores; apps or music. The iPad is just another "pay me now AND pay me later" breed of device wherein Apple makes money upfront, and when you buy content. It makes no sense for them to release a device that doesn't access the App store; that would eliminate the "pay me later" aspect of Apple's current portable device business model.

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