Apple has apparently begun testing its next smartphone, even though this is not expected to be released for many months. A third-party software developer reports that one of its apps has been loaded onto what’s apparently the next iPhone model.
This report comes from Pandav who is responsible for the app iBART. Apparently, this company compiles some data on those who install its software, including the OS version of the devices it’s installed on.
Earlier this month, this company started seeing references to models with an internal device identification number of “iPhone3,1”. For reference, the IDIN for the original iPhone was “iPhone1,1”, the iPhone 3G was “iPhone1,2”, and the current iPhone 3GS is “iPhone2,1”.
It’s not clear how Apple decides on the IDIN for each new model. It’s not related to the operating system version — current devices are running iPhone OS 3.1. And this next device will be this company’s fourth smartphone.
Coming Soon? Probably Not
If Apple really has begun testing its next generation iPhone and iPod touch, it isn’t a sign that these products are going to be released in the near future.
In previous years, the first signs of this company’s upcoming smartphones and handhelds have emerged in the fall, and these weren’t released until the next summer. This pattern is apparently being repeated.
What the Rumors Say
Apple has generally been very good at preventing solid information about its products from leaking out well ahead of their unveiling. As the next-generation iPhone isn’t expected to be announced for months, any details on this device are very unreliable.
According to rumor, the next iPhone will be the first to be available from Verizon. It will also still be offered by AT&T.
An unconfirmed report says this upcoming smartphone will have a 2.8-inch display. All previous phones from Apple have had 3.5-inch touchscreens, so the company may be planning to noticeably reduce the size of this product line.