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AppleInsider is reporting today that Apple's iOS 4.1 beta contains references to several unreleased iOS devices, including "iPod4,1", "iProd2,1", and a curious "unknownHardware" entry.
Apple is internally testing the first material update to its iOS 4.0 mobile operating system against a handful of new devices, including next-generation iPod touches, an iPad revision, and an "unknown" product, AppleInsider has discovered.

According to people familiar with the matter, the latest beta of iOS 4.1, due to ship in the coming weeks, includes three new "Configuration Descriptors" within its USB configuration files -- all of which pertain to devices that list "Apple, Inc." as their "manufacturer" -- as can be seen in the screenshot below.
The significance of the report is unclear, however, as all of these references have been known for quite some time. The iPod4,1 and iProd2,1 references first appeared in iPhone OS 3.2 back in April, with the iProd widely believed to be a second-generation iPad device. The iProd2,1 designation showed up again just days ago in configuration files showing devices that could be auto-activated for field testing by carriers.

The "unknownHardware" entry, while curious, is not new either. The exact same entry popped up in iPhone OS 3.0 way back in March 2009. It also carries some significant differences from entries for Apple's other devices, including a lack of a name and description and a five-digit product ID number compared to the four-digit, mostly sequential ones used in other entries. As such, it seems likely that the entry is a placeholder or sample code of some sort, and it is nearly impossible to read much of anything into the information.

Article Link: Model Identifiers for Next-Generation iOS Devices Again Appear in iOS 4.1
 

T'hain Esh Kelch

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unknownHardware could be used for all hardware gizmos that the Apple labs cook up, that isn't an iPad or iPhone/iPod, so that no matter how weird they are, they would still work.
 

mBox

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Somethings up in the fall.
A close friend that works at an Apple Store hinted but didnt know what it was either. Just that its a rumor going around the shop.
Dont matter to me.
I want my iPhone 4 to work right, Wacom tablet to work on iPad and an Nvidia Quadro 6000 card for future Mac Pro ;)
 

alectheking

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Somethings up in the fall.
A close friend that works at an Apple Store hinted but didnt know what it was either. Just that its a rumor going around the shop.
Dont matter to me.
I want my iPhone 4 to work right, Wacom tablet to work on iPad and an Nvidia Quadro 6000 card for future Mac Pro ;)

He hinted there is "something" but didn't know? I could have told you that.
 

dotnsk

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I'm desperately hoping for this to be the much-needed AppleTV update. I spent my Apple TV money on an iPad (which I LOVE; it's perfect for school), but I would eat rice noodles for a month to purchase a new AppleTV.

The only thing that bums me out is that we're unlikely to see native Netflix support. However, with the rumored inclusion of iOS features (like an app store) may mitigate that.

What are you guys looking for out of an AppleTV hardware update? I'm hoping for 1080p and a better ventilation/heat sink situation. The AppleTV today gets ridiculously (almost worryingly) hot.
 

Mr. Retrofire

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Alternatives

I'm desperately hoping for this to be the much-needed AppleTV update. I spent my Apple TV money on an iPad (which I LOVE; it's perfect for school), but I would eat rice noodles for a month to purchase a new AppleTV.

The only thing that bums me out is that we're unlikely to see native Netflix support. However, with the rumored inclusion of iOS features (like an app store) may mitigate that.

What are you guys looking for out of an AppleTV hardware update? I'm hoping for 1080p and a better ventilation/heat sink situation. The AppleTV today gets ridiculously (almost worryingly) hot.

It is not like there are no alternatives.

Here is an example:
http://www.wdc.com/en/products/index.asp?cat=30

It supports more than you think and has good reviews:
http://www.wdc.com/en/products/Products.asp?DriveID=734

You can even install your own firmware, if you want.

And no, i do not work for them.
 

spillproof

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After the fiasco with the iPhone 4, they should be testing new or altered designs. Put them in the field now so a simple "antennagate" problem happens again.

The iProd is the iPad, which isn't surprising. But the unknown device could be Apple TV or an iPod Touch. Hopefully soon we will find out.
 

RMo

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Somethings up in the fall.
A close friend that works at an Apple Store hinted but didnt know what it was either.
I don't really think most people who work at Apple Stores would be privy to tis information. :D
 

capoeirista

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Apple's working on some new products? Well I never...
 

Glitterkidd777

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It's the fabled iProduct! At long last!

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that would be hilarious if:

1.) apple hadn't ALREADY changed the tech world so many times
a) apple I (first PC that changed the industry, and made every one follow in apple's footsteps)
b) macintosh (first PC with GUI that changed the industry, and made every one follow in apple's footsteps)
c) powerbook 100 (first modern portable computer)
d) iMac (first real pc to capture "trend" status)
e)apple quicktake (first truly consumer level digital camera)
f)apple newton (first truly consumer level PDA, and the godfather of all current smartphones, minus the phone, obviously.)
g)apple ipod (first digital music player that changed the industry, and made everyone follow in apple's footsteps)
h)apple iphone (first smartphone to incorporate a multi-touch screen and take full advantage of the phone as a mobile computing device)
i)apple ipad (first tablet PC that changed the industry, and made everyone follow in apple's footsteps)


I totally agree, outside of those areas, apple has made no significant impact on anyone's life. The question that you need to ask yourself is "How many products that apple has had very direct influence on do I use on a day to day basis?"

I'm assuming most, if not all of the previously mentioned products find their way into your life pretty regularly.

Thank you for actually changing the world...just like you said you would, apple.
 

Love

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that would be hilarious if:

1.) apple hadn't ALREADY changed the tech world so many times
a) apple I (first PC that changed the industry, and made every one follow in apple's footsteps)
b) macintosh (first PC with GUI that changed the industry, and made every one follow in apple's footsteps)
c) powerbook 100 (first modern portable computer)
d) iMac (first real pc to capture "trend" status)
e)apple quicktake (first truly consumer level digital camera)
f)apple newton (first truly consumer level PDA, and the godfather of all current smartphones, minus the phone, obviously.)
g)apple ipod (first digital music player that changed the industry, and made everyone follow in apple's footsteps)
h)apple iphone (first smartphone to incorporate a multi-touch screen and take full advantage of the phone as a mobile computing device)
i)apple ipad (first tablet PC that changed the industry, and made everyone follow in apple's footsteps)


I totally agree, outside of those areas, apple has made no significant impact on anyone's life. The question that you need to ask yourself is "How many products that apple has had very direct influence on do I use on a day to day basis?"

I'm assuming most, if not all of the previously mentioned products find their way into your life pretty regularly.

Thank you for actually changing the world...just like you said you would, apple.

I think you're misunderstanding the point of that, which was more to poke fun at the obsessive Apple users.
 

bananas

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i hope the iprod2,1 turns out to be the next gen iPad (7" maybe) and it would be released together with the new iPods september 14th.
 
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