Apple Starts Field Testing Next Generation iPhone (3,1)

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iPhone developer Pandav has informed MacRumors that they have spotted usage records for an unreleased iPhone in their app's analytics. The app in question is iBART [Free / Paid], a public transportation guide for the San Francisco train system.

PinchMedia who provides the analytics for the application breaks down customer usage including what specific devices are being used. This list of devices is reported to developers using internal device identification numbers assigned by Apple. In this case, "iPhone3,1" was first spotted in Pandav's usage logs in November. This "iPhone3,1" identifier does not match up with any shipping iPhones. The last iPhone released to the public was the iPhone 3GS which carries the identification string "iPhone2,1".

References to "iPhone3,1" was first discovered in the iPhone firmware files back in August, but this seems to be the first time that it has been spotted "in the wild". Apple similarly began testing the iPhone 3GS (iPhone2,1) back in October of 2008 about 8 months ahead of its launch. At the time, the usage was similarly focused in the San Francisco Bay Area where Apple is located.

There have been few details about what the next generation iPhone might include, though early rumors had pegged a multi-core processor that could enhance performance significantly. There have also been rumors of Verizon compatibility as early as mid 2010.

Article Link: Apple Starts Field Testing Next Generation iPhone (3,1)
 

solipsism

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Outside of a faster processor and finally getting a higher resolution display what else might we expect in the way of new hardware? Any new sensors making their way to portable devices?
 

ipoppy

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Good. My contract with O2 is about to expired anyway. Please this time bring iChat in :D .That would complete my requests lists for now.
 

solipsism

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Good. My contract with O2 is about to expired anyway. Please this time bring iChat in :D .That would complete my requests lists for now.
If Apple didn’t include an IM app before the App Store was live it doesn’t seem logical to expect one now. There are plenty of apps that do IM apps better than Apple could.
 

ImNoSuperMan

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Outside of a faster processor and finally getting a higher resolution display what else might we expect in the way of new hardware? Any new sensors making their way to portable devices?
My guess would be the same hardware in a smaller 2.8inch screen size. Dont really think they`ll upgrade the processor anytime soon.
 

RazHyena

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I will not care until:

A.) AT&T's coverage covers my area

or

B.) The AT&T exclusivity bind ends.
 

nfl46

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This isn't surprising. We all know a new iPhone comes out every year and they typically start testing around this time. This happens every year, lol.
 

nfl46

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Let's hope it's a REAL revision of the iPhone and not just a rehash like the 3GS was. I want something NEW.
Basically, you a NEW design. Lol. Unlike you, I care more about whats inside than outside. :p
 

solipsism

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My guess would be the same hardware in a smaller 2.8inch screen size. Dont expect them to upgrade the processor anytime soon.
You think Apple will update the iPhone 3GS by putting in significantly smaller display? One that make usability more difficult without having to rewrite programs. Don’t mention vectoring or resolution because that is a moot point when all your buttons and your keyboard are smaller and harder to use.

I think it’s safe to say that the 3.5” display was well thought out as the ideal display size for a mobile well before Apple ever announced the first iPhone.
 

solipsism

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Multi-core? Good lord, just give me a camera with flash and a removable battery!
The iPod has never had a removable battery, the iPhone has never had a removable battery, all Mac notebooks have gotten rid of removable batteries and yet you expect a removable battery in the next iPhone yet question the Cortex-A9 as a possible CPU in the next iPhone. :rolleyes:
 

MecPro

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For me:

-Phone redesign
-Slightly larger screen
-iChat
-Better camera
-Flash (camera)
-Cheaper/free docking station
-3GS as standard

Probably some more, but none I can think of!
 

inkswamp

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Outside of a faster processor and finally getting a higher resolution display what else might we expect in the way of new hardware? Any new sensors making their way to portable devices?
* Better battery life/energy consumption
* Redial button (I mean... come on. I can't believe that's missing.)
* Limited third-party multi-tasking. (I understand and agree with the benefits of limiting MT to built-in functionality, but there's no reason not to have some kind of "white list" preference setting where you can list apps that are allowed to run in the background.)
* Allow javascript bookmarks in Safari (you can hack them in but I don't see why Safari blocks that.)
 

jav6454

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Not shocking, and yet it is still on AT&T's network. Also, that means Apple is nearing final production details on the new iPhone.

The whole 3,1 monicker makes me think this iPhone will be very different internally. A whole tick in the front numbers means new hardware revision (1,1 v 2,1 v 3,1).

I hope Apple goes back to the Aluminum finish it gave the 1st Gen iPhone.
 

MecPro

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The iPod has never had a removable battery, the iPhone has never had a removable battery, all Mac notebooks have gotten rid of removable batteries and yet you expect a removable battery in the next iPhone yet question the Cortex-A9 as a possible CPU in the next iPhone. :rolleyes:
But that's just Apple though, I can barely think of one phone company who has made a phone without a removable battery
 
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