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Latest iPhone 3.1 beta points to mystery product

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By Charles Starrett

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Published: Wednesday, August 5, 2009
News Categories: iPhone

The latest beta version of iPhone OS 3.1 released to developers contains configuration settings for what is thought to be both a prototype and release-ready version of an as-yet-unannounced Apple product. Found in the updated USBDeviceConfiguration.plist file, which lists details about the USB configurations of various hardware models along with their Device IDs and product names, were two listings for a mysterious “iProd.” The first, iProd0,1, was first discovered in a beta version of iPhone OS 3.0 in March, and given its 0,1 designation, was thought to be a prototype. It has been joined in the latest 3.1 beta by iProd 1,1, the preceding “1” typically standing for a first-generation shipping product. In addition, the iProd 1,1 listing includes the a different ConfigurationDescriptor than the 0,1 model, but one it shares with iPhone models—“standardMuxPTPEthernet.” This suggests the product may have gained high-speed network capabilities, although Ars Technica states that the iPhone uses this interface for tethering capabilities. Notably, the presence of the “iProd” in the iPhone OS USB listing suggests that the device—believed by some to be a new Apple tablet—will run iPhone OS rather than or in addition to Mac OS X, however, the specific features of the device remain unclear.

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1

iTablet

Posted by ajw on August 5, 2009 at 9:31 AM (PDT)

2

Could it not just be the next generation of iPod Touch?

Posted by James Mace on August 5, 2009 at 11:09 AM (PDT)

3

It’s actually an Apple branded Cattle Prod.
What else could iProd mean?

Seriously though, my speculative shortlist is;
* iPhoneOS-based Tablet computer which can double as a Peripheral Tablet.
* iPhone Nano- A simple to use iPod Nano-sized phone with Basic Phone features; like the Nokia 2630.
* “iCamera”. A Dedicated Camera with iPod Nano-type music features.

I hope it is none of these because I like surprises.

Posted by Dan Woods on August 5, 2009 at 3:09 PM (PDT)

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