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iPhone 2.1 Firmware May Reveal New iPod Touch in the Works

Zach Epstein
July 30th, 2008 at 11:20 AM

According to a recent find, the latest beta firmware release for the iPhone may reveal a new iPod Touch in the works, presumably nearing completion. Deduced from an extremely brief text string found by someone with entirely too much time on his or her hands, a new iPod Touch would make sense in light of the fact that Apple is currently doing everything it can to unload the current model. According to reports, Apple had been denoting the current iPod Touch model with “iPod 1,1” while the iPhone had previously been referred to as “iPhone 1,1”. In the current firmware references to the current iPhone are shown as “iPhone 1,2”, illustrating the minor internal differentiation between iPhone and iPhone 3G. The iPod Touch on the other hand is denoted as “iPod 2,1” which may in fact indicate that a rather major overhaul is in the works. Perhaps Apple will attempt to mix up the pot a bit by building a new iPod Touch that is more than merely an iPhone minus the phone. As we near September 15th, the date that the current free iPod Touch offer will come to an end, the timing might be just right for something new to come our way.

UPDATE: While there are probably updated iPod Touchs coming soon, one of our Apple informants hit us up to let us know the following: “There have been references to iPod2,1 since the first firmware 2.0 beta. In the lockdownd file there is a method to check if the device is A) an iPod Touch 2 (iPod2,1), or B) an iPhone 3G (iPhone1,2), so they aren’t new. The guy that keeps ‘discovering’ this stuff is a n00b, most have been around since the 2.0 betas.”


Zach Epstein

Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than 15 years, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications in the US and around the world. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.

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