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New iPhone and iPad Models Set to Begin Field Testing?

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Boy Genius Report claims that a source has revealed code in iOS 4 showing that new iPhone and iPad models may be set to begin field testing. The relevant code allows devices carrying the designations of iPhone3,2, iPhone3,3, and iProd2,1 to "auto-activate", a process said to allow carriers to test the devices without requiring manual activation through iTunes as is required for retail units.
Way down deep within iOS 4 is a pretty intriguing block of code. Our source says that the code queries the device, and if the device is either a CDMA iPhone or iPad 2, the device will auto-activate, thus bypassing the need for iTunes. We're told this block of code has appeared every year consecutively before a major iPhone / device release, removed right before launch.
These code names are not new, as they first appeared several months ago in iPhone OS 3.2 released for the iPad. Their presence in an "unreleased hardware" portion of code dealing with auto-activation does appear to be new, however, and the source claims that this presages field testing of the devices.

Software evidence of Apple's future devices tends to appear rather early in the development process, as evidenced by iPhone3,1 appearing in iPhone OS configuration files in March 2009. That device turned out to be the iPhone 4, released 15 months later. Evidence of field testing of the iPhone 4 appeared by late November 2009, more than six months before its public launch. Combined with claims that a CDMA-based iPhone 4 is in "engineering verification test" stage, this new evidence of software support for field usage of the new hardware continues to point to possible product releases sometime early next year.

The fact that the new iPhone models carry the iPhone3,2 and iPhone3,3 designations rather than "iPhone4,1" suggests that the hardware is a relatively minor revision to the existing iPhone 4, although it is unclear why there are two new iPhone models in testing. In addition, the assumption is that iProd2,1 is the next-generation iPad, as the current iPad began life as iProd1,1 before taking the name iPad1,1 closer to its release. An even earlier iProd0,1 is presumed to have been an iPad prototype.

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DylanLikesPorn

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Yeah, I think I will definitely buy the new iPad model coming out soon! I haven't bought the iPad because it is crippled: no video camera, no retina display, slow A4 processor, overheating, etc, etc.
 
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LagunaSol

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Imma be peeved if we see an iPad revision this soon, as I finally bought one on Saturday. :eek:

I haven't bought the iPad because it is crippled: no video camera, no retina display, slow A4 processor, overheating, etc, etc.

I think you'll be waiting awhile for a Retina display on the iPad. Do you realize how many pixels that would be for the processor to push?
 
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saving107

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Yeah, I think I will definitely buy the new iPad model coming out soon! I haven't bought the iPad because it is crippled: no video camera, no retina display, slow A4 processor, overheating, etc, etc.

coming soon like in January 2011 in keeping with Apple's yearly product cycle release. Retina display isn't happening anytime soon for the iPad, especially not a $499 entry price.
 
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Digitalclips

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coming soon like in January 2011 in keeping with Apple's yearly product cycle release. Retina display isn't happening anytime soon for the iPad, especially not a $499 entry price.

If that close pre Christmas would make more sense. Everyone I know is not far off getting one if they haven't already. Christmas treat is always a good excuse. :)
 
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?!

What? Theyre making another iPhone AND iPad?! This changes everything.

Hey MacRumors, would you publish this news for me:

Apple plans to launch faster, more powerful computers in 2011. Our source is said to be very intimate with Apple's product engineering team. "This is definitely going to be a major release, in which one or more products will be upgraded". We'll believe it when we see it. -MacRumors
 
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scoobydoo99

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The fact that the new iPhone models carry the iPhone3,2 and iPhone3,3 designations rather than "iPhone4,1" suggests that the hardware is a relatively minor revision to the existing iPhone 4, although it is unclear why there are two new iPhone models in testing.

the iPhone 3,2 and 3,3 are the GSM and CDMA versions of the iPhone 4 with the antenna fix.
 
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NebulaClash

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Yeah, I think I will definitely buy the new iPad model coming out soon! I haven't bought the iPad because it is crippled: no video camera, no retina display, slow A4 processor, overheating, etc, etc.

As someone who bought an iPad on day one while knowing I will buy a new version some time in the future, allow me to correct your FUD, for FUD is what that was in the classic sense of the term. So for anyone wondering about today's iPad, let someone who actually owns one tell you how it is:

1. No video camera -- This is true, and I was initially disappointed by this temporary omission. But I've probably missed it once in the 4.5 months I've owned my iPad. If you require a camera, this is not the FUD part. It's true.

2. No retina display -- And there won't be for a while. And boy is the current iPad screen absolutely gorgeous! Everyone comments on how beautiful it is, how clear it is to read on, etc.

3. Slow A4 processor -- LOL, this thing is fast! It plays anything.

4. Overheating -- I can't even get it to be warm. The overheating reports are from people using it outdoors in direct sunlight on a hot day. In normal use, it's the coolest handheld device Apple makes.

In short, future iPads will of course be nicer. But the current iPad is no more crippled than a new Ferrari is a clunker.
 
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Jack Lithian

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Either one will suffice. :)

Retina display on an iPad is no dealbreaker for me. You don't hold it 10cm from your face do you? I'd like to see a webcam or camera.
 
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casnyc

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why do u think they're testing two iphone devices?
i'm curious if they will change the design too..
 
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Gjeepguy

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So is this the current labling system?

iPhone1,1 - Original iPhone
iPhone1,2 - iPhone 3G
iPhone2,1 - iPhone 3GS
iPhone3,1 - iPhone 4
iPhone3,2 - iPhone 4/5 (new antenna)?
iPhone3,3 - iPhone 4/5 (CDMA)?

iProd0,1 - Prototype iPad
iProd1,1 > iPad1,1 - iPad
iProd2,1 - iPad 2 (with forward facing camera)?
 
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bergmef

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Yeah, I think I will definitely buy the new iPad model coming out soon! I haven't bought the iPad because it is crippled: no video camera, no retina display, slow A4 processor, overheating, etc, etc.

I thought the ipad was before the iphone, why wait on the retina display if no one knew about it at that time? Or the faster processor for that matter.
 
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darrenbeige

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Imma be peeved if we see an iPad revision this soon, as I finally bought one on Saturday. :eek:



I think you'll be waiting awhile for a Retina display on the iPad. Do you realize how many pixels that would be for the processor to push?

Not as peeved as the Fandroids when new products land every 3weeks. I can see an iPad 2 at the earliest in November, but it'll probably be January - following the cycle.
 
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NinjaHERO

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I look forward to the update. New Apple products always update quicker than established ones. At least according to this sites buyers guide. Either way using most of the Iphone and Ipod averages, I wouldn't think a Christmas Ipad revision would be impossible. I guess we will see.
 
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Michael73

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I'm not sure how you guys are quantifying, "a relatively minor hardware revision." Maybe you mean in the same vein as the 3GS was to the 3G?

I think it's pretty safe to say that we're looking at a camera bump from 5MP to 8MP as has been documented (rumored) here. I'll go out on a limb to say that they won't keep the storage sizes the same again and it will be upped from 16GB and 32GB to 32GB and 64GB. I would also bet that with the giant flap about the antennae, it will be altered as well.

All I know is that I bought my 3GS on the day it came out switching from T-Mobile to AT&T. According to AT&T I'm not eligible to upgrade my iPhone until February 2011. It would be crazy to upgrade then when all signs point to a new iPhone coming out just a couple months later in the June timeframe. For my part, I'm hoping next year's model packs in a whole bunch of new stuff since I'm waiting for it :)
 
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CMT

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I just hope the software update comes soon to iPad.
 
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