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Apple Firmware Confirms Next Generation iPhone

Gordon Kelly


Apple Firmware Confirms Next Generation iPhone

Hmmmn, what do we have here? A new iPhone, perhaps?

As usual Mac Rumours has done its firmware code digging (guys I salute you for your painstaking doggedness in always keeping this up) and unearthed a rather interesting phrase: 'iPhone2,1'.

Referenced for the very first time by Apple in its new firmware 2.2.1 update, the term is potentially very significant since the iPhone 3G is always referred to as 'iPhone1,2' a clear indication of its status as an incremental upgrade. Whatever this is on the other hand, clearly it's a genuine evolution.

How solid is this? Well, the same system revealed the 2G iPod touch and the iPhone 3G so it's pretty solid - even if it doesn't give anything specific away.

What to expect? Well, a June/July announcement seems painfully obvious given Apple's past form and the similar launch timeframe for stunning, potential lawsuit magnet, the Palm Pre.

Now it would be daft to speculate on hardware and software features but I'm just daft enough. Obvious points are a better camera (surely a cert), video recording, multi-tasking and copy & paste. Also expect incrementally better battery life, full blooded Bluetooth and a more powerful CPU - possibly made by recent purchase Imagination Technologies. In addition I wouldn't be surprised if Apple went back to calling this the 'iPhone' as clearly every iPhone from now on is going to feature 3G - that is unless it keeps on the iPhone 3G as a midrange offering...

Right, that's enough on this because give it three or four months and speculation will be rampant and I'm only now just getting over the horrendous rumour mongering last time around...

Update: The iPhone2,1 term has also turned up on PinchMedia ad serving reports. The plot thickens.


via Mac Rumours


January 30, 2009, 10:24 am

Pardon me for not being a software engineer, but what use would they have for putting in code referring to a future hardware revision when it is more than likely that the software would be obsolete (or more likely, not even compatible) when the new device was actually released?


January 30, 2009, 11:32 am

who knows the logic of Apple? Could be for ultra secret developer testing or simply viral advertising. Either way, Apple has a history of doing this and it turning out to be true. So I guess we wait and see...


January 30, 2009, 11:43 am

my, has it already been a year since the last iphone?


January 30, 2009, 2:24 pm

What about gps? Do you think the next one will have some of that?


January 30, 2009, 2:32 pm

No, not been a year yet, will be a year in July.


January 30, 2009, 3:05 pm

GPS? The iPhone already has GPS!!


January 30, 2009, 3:10 pm

And here was me thinking Apple would simply stop developing the iPhone after the 3G ;)


January 30, 2009, 6:05 pm

@Blueport, What about gps

Like Jai said the IPhone3G already does, are you meaning Turn by Turn navigation, well that's software and ages ago Tom Tom supposedly had a version running on the Iphone but not heard anything since. Although your not meant to, I just use Google Maps on the Iphone for car navigation, works fine.


January 30, 2009, 6:41 pm

"I just use Google Maps on the Iphone for car navigation, works fine"

you masochist!


January 30, 2009, 9:30 pm

those people at mac rumours must have really interesting lives


January 31, 2009, 6:56 pm

I look forward to the day we get our hands on OLED-touting "iPhone X" handsets, a day when 3G speeds wouldn't become subject to endless lawsuits, and an inbuit camera to be proud of. I love my iPhone 3G, but that doesn't mean it's perfect. But being in the industry myself I know better than to expect each product revision to include all the latest and greatest features of it's time, that's the nature of the beast :)


January 31, 2009, 10:55 pm

Even with a new model, I don't think Apple will ever reach the level of quality shown by those Windows Mobile 6.5 screenshots posted here.

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