ITS GOT A NEW HAT!
iPhone fans, hold onto your hats. A block of XML in Apple's latest phone firmware has reignited rumours that a new version of the handset's in development. iphone_fourth_gen Apple's firmware refers to "iPhone2,1" Each iPhone model carries its own version number, with the first-generation GPRS/Edge model down as iPhone1,1 …
Perhaps this version will have advanced features such as MMS messaging, video recording, a camera from this century, and a battery that can last out the day?
Seriously though, it can hardly come as a surprise that there's a new version in development. Every phone company needs to bring out a new model at least every year or so, to convince people they need to upgrade and continue to pay their ridiculous contract costs. Apple is no exception to this rule.
Surely it is completely unsurprising that a consumer electronics company in a fairly fast moving field is going to be looking at the next version of a product? Its the only one they have in the field, and unless they continue to innovate they'll lose market share as the competition catches up. The surprise would have been that they weren't looking forward.
The interesting point is the change in major revision. Given the 3G version only merited a minor revision, a change in major revision would seem to point to a new form factor, whether that be Nano or something else.
Of course they're making a new model, just like they are always making new versions of the iPod. Only this one will have MMS out of the box, and maybe even copy/paste. Something that could easily be added to the older gen phones through a firmware update, but it won't, because then you wouldn't have to buy a new phone!
Seriously, does anyone, anywhere think that Apple isn't developing a new iPhone model? What would be news would be if there was some firm indication that Apple were not doing so. But here we are, about a year since the release of the generation 2 iPhone, and the merest hint of a generation 3 design fills people with excitment? Get a grip.
This one will have stereo profile on bluetooth. Imagine that.... world's best music player / phone can only handle mono audio...
And maybe the GPS will have a 3d view and vvoice turn by turn naviagation instead of only being a dumb map reader .... and maybe there sill be an SD card slot like any normal phone...
and maybe just maybe you will be able to save GPS map information so you can find your way around places that have no cell phone coverage , maybe they will even let you install tomtom ...
ah one can only dream. until the above things are not possible , i'm not interested. wake me when something usefull comes along ...
If the code has no function, why include it in the firmware?
Simple, it stokes rumours on sites like Mac Rumours and El Reg so the Apple die hards start foaming at the mouth.
This then means that less marketing is required when the device comes out and people will be queuing to buy it.
Excellent marketing but rather sad that there are people that obsessed with a company's products.
I suspect that the release cycle will start to fall into that of the iPod, one a year with slightly tweaked features and a new gimmick
guaranteed there's some smug little git sitting in Cupertino chuckling heartily to himself knowing full well that adding this to the firmware would have iPhoneTards everywhere literally creaming themselves at the very prospect.
instead of "third-gen apple iphone in development?" this should have been titled "men like blowjobs?" for true Digg-style "this from the state the bleeding obvious" department.
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