iPad 3 discovered in iOS code
Apple geeks, you can get a little excited. See, the iPad 3 is referred to in a new release of the tablet’s iOS operating system. Rumours are swirling around saying that it'll launch in March and be significantly more hi-res (meaning that it'll have to be a little chunkier than the iPad2).
It has been reported that, in a list of devices in the new iOS 5.1 software, ‘iPad3,3’ is referenced. There's further mentions to the software calling for its ‘vendorID’, ‘deviceID’ and other details.
Apparently, Apple are working on two iPad 3 prototypes and, as well as the chunkier one, they are rumoured to be toying with the idea of a smaller 7.85” version, which is invariably Apple's answer to Amazon's Kindle.
Analyst Richard Shim says: “The 2048x1536 screen will be the centerpiece the of next-generation iPad, or so-called iPad 3. That resolution is a quantum leap over iPad 2 which uses a more pedestrian 1024-by-768 display”.
The iOS 5.1 code also refers to an updated version of the Apple TV, codenamed 3,1.
Over on the Mobot side of the office, Lewis has been throwing together all the iPad 3 rumours here.