iOS 4.3 Beta References New iOS Devices, “Find My Friends” Feature

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Engadget is reporting that the new iOS 4.3 Beta contains model references to next-generation iPad and iPhone devices. The numbers are iPhone4,1, iPhone4,2, iPad2,1, iPad2,2, and iPad2,3. The current iPad holds a model reference number of iPad1,1. So, it appears that iPad2,1 and iPad2,2 represent the next-generation of that device. The same goes for the iPhone. The current generation iPhone 4 goes by the reference number of iPhone3,1.

Now, the second number following the comma appears to note hardware differences between models. Such as the different iPhone models for AT&T and Verizon. So, the iPhone4,1 and iPhone4,2 appears to be the next-generation iPhone.

MacRumors is also reporting that hints of a new feature simply know as “Find My Friends”. These code snippets are connected to the “MobileMe” subcategory in the Settings App. So, by extension it seems that Apple may be looking into building their own person location service similar to Loopt. That is, a user could locate friends who are in their location by using their mobile phone’s GPS signal.

So, it seems that new iOS devices are waiting in the wings to be released (I’m shocked, just shocked), and Apple is planning to further expand their MobileMe web services.

Image courtesy of Engadget.