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"iPod4,2": We Hardly Knew Ye

An Apple fansite recently tinkering around with the iOS 5 developer release had found references to an “iPod4,2” within the as yet unreleased firmware – the current iPod Touch 4G is actually “iPod4,1”. This information was blogged by the site iFans and sent the internet frothing at the mouth early Friday morning. Many people have been digging around iOS 5’s guts for references to an “iPod5,1” which might hint that a new iPod Touch based on the A5 processor (currently powering the iPad 2) could appear during the upcoming fall refresh.

Erica Sadun at TUAW brought some semblance of control back to the interwebs by commenting that references to “iPod4,2” already appeared in released iOS 4.3.x firmwares, and as such may indicate that this is just an Apple prototype that has been relegated to the dustbin of history. However, Ars Technica added more speculative fuel to the fire by noting that throughout the entire history of iOS firmware releases, only the “iPod2,2” had failed to appear, going on to hint that the chances were good that this might indeed point to a minor refresh of the current iPod Touch series coming this fall.

So will “iPod4,2” represent a minor refresh for the iPod Touch series, or will it be joining its sibling “iPod2,2” for some permanent R&R? Or perhaps Apple will surprise everyone with new A5 powered iPhones and iPod Touches. Only time will tell.

Source: Ars Technica

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