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After yesterday's story that evidence of an unreleased iPhone had been spotted in recent firmware as well as ad delivery networks, PinchMedia follows up with what few details they have about the usage of the device.

- 1st spotting of the "iPhone 2,1" device occured in early October 2008
- Usage picked up in mid-December 2008
- A few dozen distinct "iPhone 2,1" devices have been detected
- Almost exclusively located in south San Francisco Bay Area
- Both AT&T and Wi-Fi connections

PinchMedia provides iPhone developers with ad serving and analytic tracking software to embed within iPhone applications. This is how the the iPhone 2,1 devices have been detected. The iPhone 2,1 model is also found in the firmware of the iPhone 2.x firmware releases as we reported yesterday.

Article Link: A Few More Details about 'iPhone 2,1'
 

kolax

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Mar 20, 2007
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So it exists and is being beta tested by Apple.

I'm eager to know what it looks like, how big, what capacity and what power it has. And of course, the most important one, the price tag.
 

Pwned

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May 12, 2008
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At least this time around I can sit back, relax, and enjoy my Iphone 3g while waiting for a new one rather than drooling over every rumor.
 

JonHimself

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Nov 3, 2004
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Can anyone explain the numbering on this? I think I read earlier that the iPhone 3G is 1,2? Maybe I'm wrong but without understanding how Apple numbers things, this should be 3,0... hopefully the answer isn't obvious and I look dumb(er).
 

nagromme

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May 2, 2002
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Next analysis: someone tell us what the delay has been in the past, from increased testing of an iPhone model until it's released.

(Not that I can get one... not for another year and a half!)
 

Pwned

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May 12, 2008
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We're not TALKING about the iPhone nano! Don't bring this into every conversation! :confused:

We're talking about the standard, third-generation iPhone that will be released in June.

But you're right; there is no sense in it.

I hardly think it will be released in June.
 

xUKHCx

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Jan 15, 2006
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Can anyone explain the numbering on this? I think I read earlier that the iPhone 3G is 1,2? Maybe I'm wrong but without understanding how Apple numbers things, this should be 3,0... hopefully the answer isn't obvious and I look dumb(er).

Explained a bit here:

Apple uses these models numbers to distinguish between different hardware models. The original iPhone carries the model number of "iPhone 1,1" while the 3G iPhone is labeled "iPhone 1,2". These numbers do not change for simple storage increases and instead represent functionally different devices. Similarly, the iPod Touch was originally introduced as the "iPod 1,1" and the most recent hardware revision was labeled "iPod2,1". The 2,1 iPod Touch added a speaker, volume controls, microphone support and a much faster processor than the 1st generation model. This new model number can be found in the USBDeviceConfiguration.plist in an unencrypted firmware.

The differences between the iPhone and the iPhone 3G were obviously not deemed to be large enough to separate them.
 

dwright1974

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Aug 13, 2007
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Whatever it is or looks like I bet Safari will be snappier :D

If it has a better camera; video and the ubiquitous Cut and Paste there'll be one happy bunny over here!

- D
 

wwooden

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Jul 26, 2004
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At least this time around I can sit back, relax, and enjoy my Iphone 3g while waiting for a new one rather than drooling over every rumor.

I agree. While I am curious what the new iPhone will have for hardware, I am absolutely content with my iPhone for a long time. It still amazes me what it can do.

Most of the features I want will probably be added in software updates anyways.
 

zombitronic

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Feb 9, 2007
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The differences between the iPhone and the iPhone 3G were obviously not deemed to be large enough to separate them.

I do hope that this is a bigger upgrade than the classic to the 3G. I'd love to have a reason to upgrade from my classic, and 3G and GPS (and plastic) weren't enough for me.

While competitors try to recreate a "me too" device by copying the iPhone in its current iteration, Apple is (hopefully) working on packing their next generation models with proprietary power efficient Multi-Core CPUs and GPUs. While Tim Cook stated that Apple's advantage is that they look at the iPhone as a software platform before a hardware platform, this statement may be another one of Apple's clever deterrents while they blindside the copy cat competition.
 

Rojo

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Sep 26, 2006
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The differences between the iPhone and the iPhone 3G were obviously not deemed to be large enough to separate them.

Exactly, which makes me REALLY excited that this is 2,1.
Hopefully that means a lot of hardware enhancements...
 

inkswamp

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Jan 26, 2003
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i would hate an iphone nano. whats the point? someone, please please, enlighten me!

Let's superimpose the story of the iPod's development on the iPhone as it now stands, keeping in mind that the iPod Nano currently is a far more powerful and less expensive gadget than the first several versions of the iPod.

As time moves forward, the components in the iPhone are going to get more powerful and less expensive. Apple will be able to sell consumers higher and higher capacity phones with far more power and maybe some new, high-end features for the same price or less (say, for example, being powerful enough to play games that are good enough to sell for $20. As that happens, a void is going to be created where Apple can create a "low-end" iPhone that does what the current iPhone does but cheaper--and just like with the iPod, they'll undercut the competition.

People keep assuming the "iPhone Nano" (doubt it will be called that) will be a scaled down version of the iPhone but that doesn't have to be the case. Just like the current iPod Nanos, it will be just as powerful or more powerful than the current iPhones. I'm betting this "2,1" phone is the next big step hardware-wise which means all of us iPhone owners already have "iPhone Nanos."
 
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