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Apple TV firmware shows references to new hardware

updated 09:50 am EDT, Tue September 28, 2010

New iPhone variants, unknown product

The firmware for the new Apple TV has been discovered at Apple's website, and contains references to unreleased hardware, news sources say. The file is marked as a version of iOS 4.1, and like its siblings contains a PLIST file with USB configurations for different devices. Unusual in the new code are references to two new iPhones, marked as "iPhone 3,2" and "iPhone 3,3," respectively.

Because the iPhone 4 is known to be iPhone 3,1, it's believed that the other devices are simply variants. These could include a model for CDMA carriers like Verizon, and/or another one for GSM carriers with unusual frequencies, such as T-Mobile USA. Alternately, one or more of the models could have a modified antenna design, meant to cope with the signal loss caused by particular grips.

The firmware additionally makes reference to an unknown iOS product. It's unlikely to be a new iPhone or iPod, as both product lines were recently updated. Instead it may be the next iPad, which should ship by early next year. Rumored features have included everything from one or more cameras to a mini USB port and a 7-inch variant.

The unofficial iPhone Dev Team meanwhile says it has already jailbroken the Apple TV firmware. The feat was accomplished with SHAtter, an iOS 4.1 hack still in development. The actual Apple TV set-top only began shipping this weekend.

by MacNN Staff



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