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Developers who have been seeded the latest version of iOS have discovered references to the next version of the iPad as well as the next iPhone hidden within the code.
Website 9to5 Mac has discovered the references in the code for iOS 5.1 which has just been released to developers. In it, Apple makes reference to an iPad 2,4 as well as an iPad 3,1, 3,2 and 3,3 and an iPhone 5,1 all of which are set to be released next year.
Looking at the iPad first, the 2,4 version is unlikely to be a major update but is more likely to be a WiMAX-enabled version of the iPad 2 for use on Sprint’s network in the US.
Looking forward however and the code also makes reference to the iPad 3,1, 3,2 and 3,3 which are set to be released in March 2012. Last week DigiTimes reported that Apple is developing two versions of the iPad 3 – codenamed J1 and J2 internally – and are still deciding which to release.
The reference to the iPhone 5 in the code for iOS 5.1 suggests that we won’t have to wait too long until the next iPhone appears with a more usual summer release likely after this year’s October launch.