Following the release of Apple’s iOS 5.1 beta yesterday, developers have been trawling through its code in an attempt to uncover references to upcoming products that Apple didn’t intend for you to see. We’ve already seen references to a next-generation Apple TV and a fourth iPad 2 — believed to be destined for Sprint — and now the iPhone 5 and iPad 3 product identifiers have been discovered.
As you can see in the strings above, Apple has included a product identifier for an ‘iPhone5,1’, which is undoubtedly the company’s sixth-generation iPhone — the iPhone 5. The iPhone began with the code ‘iPhone1,1’ when it first launched back in 2007, with Apple’s most recent iPhone, the iPhone 4S, labeled the ‘iPhone4,1’.
There seem to be no doubts, then, that iPhone5,1 is a reference to Apple’s upcoming iPhone, which is expected to sport a thinner, lighter form factor; a larger 4-inch display; and possibly 4G capabilities.
Also appearing for the first time in the new beta is a reference to the ‘iPad3,3’, which is expected to be Apple’s third-generation iPad, believed to be called the iPad 3. Rumor has it this device will be the first iPad to boast a Retina display — a feature I think we’re all looking forward to — and possibly Apple’s next-generation A6 processor.