As we reported, Apple has just released iOS 5.1 beta 2 to developers. In no time at all, treasure hunters have dug in and have been looking for any references included in the code that might indicate Apple’s next move in regards to devices. The reference numbers usually discovered in iOS beta builds include things […]
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Apple Now Hiding Future Device References Starting with iOS 5.1 Beta 2

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As we reported, Apple has just released iOS 5.1 beta 2 to developers. In no time at all, treasure hunters have dug in and have been looking for any references included in the code that might indicate Apple’s next move in regards to devices.

The reference numbers usually discovered in iOS beta builds include things like “iPhone4,1” which ultimately became known as the iPhone 4S to the general public. In other words, these are some of the best hints from Apple itself, as to what the company will be doing next. It gives us an idea of what, or how many variations of, next-generation iOS devices Apple has up their sleeve.

Well, in this latest release, Apple is trying to ruin everyone’s fun, and has obscured some of the names. Specifically they have planted fake references. Formerly the USBDeviceConfiguration.plist file had some 20+ device references, but as of this latest release has more than a hundred references. These references include: “AppleTV6,3”, “iPhone 11,3” and “iPad10,1”. That’s just naming three.

To be perfectly honest, I’m surprised Apple, being the super secretive company that they are, had not done something to this effect prior to now. It was too easy to discover these references, and at least know that Apple was working on next-generation hardware. Although, that really isn’t a shock, but it gave us some sort of proof. Give it time, and I’m sure someone will sift through all of these references and find the real ones.

References discovered by Mark Gurman. Image courtesy of Mark Gurman

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