iOS 5 code reveals new iPad and iPhone, but no iPod touch

Despite the absence of any news relating to the next iPhone at Monday's WWDC keynote, rumours have been forthcoming for a while about the upcoming minor refresh in the form of the iPhone 4S. As was done with previous early code releases of new iOS versions, the latest code dump of an unreleased iOS 5 firmware reveals new model numbers for the iPhone and iPad. However, there's nothing for the "iPhone on training wheels" device, the iPod touch.

As revealed by TUAW, the omission of a newer iPod touch would break the yearly iPod touch refresh cycle Apple stuck to for the last four years, occuring in September. But likewise, this would also be the first year an iPhone refresh occurs in the fall, as opposed to the June and July launches of previous generations. No word was given on whether this will have an impact on refreshes to the rest of Apple's iPod line in September.

The new model numbers hidden in the firmware are "iPad 3,1", "iPad 3,2", "iPhone 4,1", and "iPhone 4,2". While it is highly unlikely a new generation iPad will appear less than a year following the iPad 2's March launch, one can expect the next iPad to carry a rumoured quad-core A6 chip that is exclusive to the device when it launches sometime in 2012, alongside the iPhone 5.

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No offence but why is this news? Every single release of the iOS software has had references to new devices. It's obvious Apple will continue to create iDevices.

Quad core isn't really going to do much, if anything over a two core cpu in a tablet. High quality games are too awkward to play on a tablet.

McDave said,
Can someone explain why the iPad/Phone need quad core processors?

To make all those who already got the iPad2 (dual core) to go and buy an iPad 3 with quad core.....

ramik said,

To make all those who already got the iPad2 (dual core) to go and buy an iPad 3 with quad core.....

touché

McDave said,
Can someone explain why the iPad/Phone need quad core processors?

You're seriously asking why a new device needs to be faster? A 486 was fast enough for PCs, why would anyone need to get one of them Pentiums?

Newer and more demanding apps, more complex and visually stunning games, etc.

McDave said,
Can someone explain why the iPad/Phone need quad core processors?

yeah, why would any device need more processing power. *sigh* at trolls

Well does this really surprise anyone, the PMP market is dead, people buy phones for this fucntionality today, or rather they have itin the phones they buy.

HawkMan said,
Well does this really surprise anyone, the PMP market is dead, people buy phones for this fucntionality today, or rather they have itin the phones they buy.

What a load of ****. PMPs are still popular. Not everyone can afford an iPhone nor do they want a Music player that lasts little less than a day before it requires a charge.

AFineFrenzy said,

What a load of ****. PMPs are still popular. Not everyone can afford an iPhone nor do they want a Music player that lasts little less than a day before it requires a charge.


The only PMP's that are popular are the small ones like the Nano's. and guess what, we just had a Nano refresh.

the big iPod Touches are dead. they are to expensive when compared to a smartphone. yes, they are cheaper, but it's so little cheaper that a smartphone will in fact be cheaper on contract, and if you save up a bit you can just outright buy an open one.

HawkMan said,

The only PMP's that are popular are the small ones like the Nano's. and guess what, we just had a Nano refresh.

the big iPod Touches are dead. they are to expensive when compared to a smartphone. yes, they are cheaper, but it's so little cheaper that a smartphone will in fact be cheaper on contract, and if you save up a bit you can just outright buy an open one.

So what your telling me is, that my 8 year old daughter who desperately wants an iPod Touch so she can watch movies while travelling, Play good games, and so she can do a face time call to me when I am away.... should in fact have an iPhone instead?

There are situations out there that does warrant a non phone device.

eangulus said,

So what your telling me is, that my 8 year old daughter who desperately wants an iPod Touch so she can watch movies while travelling, Play good games, and so she can do a face time call to me when I am away.... should in fact have an iPhone instead?

There are situations out there that does warrant a non phone device.

Honestly, if she can have an iPod she can have an iPhone. Wether I think she shoudl have either is an entirely different question, but.

HawkMan said,

The only PMP's that are popular are the small ones like the Nano's. and guess what, we just had a Nano refresh.

the big iPod Touches are dead. they are to expensive when compared to a smartphone. yes, they are cheaper, but it's so little cheaper that a smartphone will in fact be cheaper on contract, and if you save up a bit you can just outright buy an open one.

To be frank I see more iPod touches on the street than say Windows Phone 7 devices, so I wouldn't consider them dead just yet. But agreed that iPods are bring less of a common occurrence than say 5 years ago.

You're also forgetting that some people may have been stuck into a contract with a dumbphone, so something like an iPod touch is good enough until their contract expires.

HawkMan said,
Honestly, if she can have an iPod she can have an iPhone. Wether I think she shoudl have either is an entirely different question, but.

An 8 year old should own a phone with a data plan attached to it? Nevermind that it's a bit excessive for kids of that age to own cell phones to begin with.

Denis W said,

except for the rebranded 2nd gen 8 GB touch

what does rebranded 2nd gen mean? Did they re-introduced 2nd gen with a hardware refresh or something?

Mohitster said,

what does rebranded 2nd gen mean? Did they re-introduced 2nd gen with a hardware refresh or something?


The 8GB model of the 3rd gen iPod touch was actually a re-release of the 2nd gen model. It did not have the same hardware as the larger capacity 3rd gen models.

Mohitster said,

what does rebranded 2nd gen mean? Did they re-introduced 2nd gen with a hardware refresh or something?

there are some iPod Touch 8gb sold as 3rd generation, in reality there are only 2nd generation, iOS 5 will not work on them.

Real iPod 3rd generation are 32gb and 64gb only

Techno_Funky said,
September 2011 is iPhone 5

I think that will be called the iPhone 4S and then the iphone 5.

Also for the itouch, it's not really changed that much since 2007, performance improvements to suit the OS. Camera's and a new screen, or will apple release one just for the sake of releasing a new one.

richardsim7 said,

Wouldn't it be the iPhone 6?

Will be interesting to see, as it could be 5 but it will actually be the 6th generation of the iPhone.