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A file in the latest iPhone OS 3.1 beta refers once again to an unknown product with a new model number, fueling speculation that Apple has a new touchscreen device based on its mobile operating system coming soon.

The reference to a device called "iProd 0,1" was first discovered in March in the iPhone 3.0 OS beta firmware. The latest beta update also includes a reference to iProd, but this time the USBConfiguration.plist file gives the product the "1,1" distinction -- something Apple typically uses to refer to its first-generation products.

The information, revealed to ArsTechnica by a developer, has led to speculation that a new, unannounced piece of hardware running the iPhone OS could be nearing launch.

The reference to iProd 1,1 has a product ID of 4762, while the original iProd 0,1 was model 4757. The new model also has references to Ethernet configurations, leading the report to suspect the supposed new device could have "gained high-speed networking capabilities" since the 0,1 hardware incarnation.

"What we are willing to bet on is that with a 1,1 moniker the product will see public release soonperhaps as early as September, when Apple typically unveils new iPods," the report concludes.

When the original reference to iProd 0,1 was discovered, it was alongside a call to an iPhone 2,1 -- a device that turned out to be the new iPhone 3GS. They were discovered alongside iPod 2,2, iPod 3,1, and iPhone 3,1.

Apple always uses the first number in these device identifiers to refer to major revisions, the naming schemes allude to a second major reworking of the iPhone in testing at Apple as well as a minor revision of the current iPod touch and a third-generation overhaul. The original iPhone is seen as iPhone 1,1, while the iPhone 3G appears as iPhone 1,2 -- a minor upgrade to an existing design. The first- and second-generation iPod touch show as 1,1 and 2,1 respectively.
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The reference to a device called "iProd 0,1"...

iProd?! Are they really gonna call it that? That's too freakin' funny!

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When the original reference to iProd 0,1 was discovered, it was alongside a call to an iPhone 3,1 -- a device that turned out to be the new iPhone 3GS. They were discovered alongside iPod 2,2 and iPod 3,1.

I thought iPhone 2,1 was the 3GS...

0x1290 iPhone1,1 - iPhone
0x1291 iPod1,1 - iPod touch
0x1292 iPhone1,2 - iPhone (3G)
0x1293 iPod2,1 - iPod touch v2
0x1294 iPhone2,1 - iPhone (3G [s])

0x1295 iProd0,1 - ???
0x1296 iPod2,2 - iPod touch v3 ?
0x1297 iPhone3,1 - iPhone v4 ?
0x1298 iFPGA - ???
0x1299 iPod3,1 - iPod touch v4 ?

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iProd?! Are they really gonna call it that? That's too freakin' funny!


Sadly I see that as a place holder for a name they don't want to include yet. It is most likely stands for iProduct.
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iProd?! Are they really gonna call it that? That's too freakin' funny!


iProduct

Or did you think Apple is making a 3G capable cattle prod for all those rural ranchers who can't get coverage from ATT?
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iProduct

Or did you think Apple is making a 3G capable cattle prod for all those rural ranchers who can't get coverage from ATT?


...or the adult toy market?
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Sadly I see that as a place holder for a name they don't want to include yet. It is most likely stands for iProduct.

With all the arguments over what a possible tablet device might be called lately, perhaps this reflects a similarly heated debate inside Apple.

iBook? iPad? iTablet? MacBook? Newton?
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With all the arguments over what a possible tablet device might be called lately, perhaps this reflects a similarly heated debate inside Apple.

iBook? iPad? iTablet? MacBook? Newton?

If it is for the tablet, it looks like it would be running a version of iPhone OS, which wouldn't be a surprise. As for the naming war idea, who knows, I know I can't think of a good name.
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With all the arguments over what a possible tablet device might be called lately, perhaps this reflects a similarly heated debate inside Apple.

iBook? iPad? iTablet? MacBook? Newton?

Why would this reflect an internal argument --

It's a placeholder because we don't need to know the name yet.
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Or did you think Apple is making a 3G capable cattle prod for all those rural ranchers who can't get coverage from ATT?

No, this is a Ballmer-Schmidt-Arrington-prod.
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I wonder if it is this?

http://www.newscientist.com/blog/tec...-to-iprod.html

I seriously hope not, but you never know. I guess it wouldn't surprise me.
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With all the arguments over what a possible tablet device might be called lately, perhaps this reflects a similarly heated debate inside Apple.

iBook? iPad? iTablet? MacBook? Newton?

I prefer the iSlab myself.
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No, this is a Ballmer-Schmidt-Arrington-prod.

Well if it's a Ballmer-Prod it must be pretty frk'n huge!
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Is this the rumored exercise specific device rumored here:

http://www.newscientist.com/blog/tec...-to-iprod.html

Maybe with enhanced nike software?
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If it said, iProbe, then I'd be laughing.
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Why would this reflect an internal argument --

It's a placeholder because we don't need to know the name yet.

Well it might and it might not. That's why I was equivocal in my statement.

I'm just saying that since no one on teh internets can decide what a good name for the thing is, that *perhaps* they are having the same trouble at Apple HQ. In this highly imaginative and amusing scenario, there would be camps that think it more a new "iBook" and others that might want to resurrect the Newton name etc.

Certainly there are lots and lots of people that think "iPad" is a good name whereas to me it's rather hideous.
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It seems "book" refers to something that opens and closes, but does it have to be? Could Apple get away with calling an ultra-mobile tablet a MacBook?
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I seriously hope not, but you never know. I guess it wouldn't surprise me.

Why do you Hope Not?

Given how FAT we americans are, something that monitors life style and "prods" you do get off your butt and do something might sell big time.

Using the GPS and accelerometer and compass to monitor, record, plan, and document exercise programs could sell well. Having a good ipod built in sells better.

Heck, you could have doctors prescribing it.!!!
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iProd?

Good move Apple...

They tried to fool people in hoping they would not notice between

iPod and iProd


hahahaha
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I think that it will be another multi-touch device. somebody said that apple tablet is on the way this year (with 3G connection). but I personally don't believe that happened this year. it's too soon and hurry. apple doesn't make device such a hurry situation. so it will be someday next year from special event. but something is funny. iphone 3.1 software will be released coming september anyway believe or not. so I am not really sure what Apple hides. anyway, the name 'iProd' is very funny. it sounds like froggy?
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And the beat goes on.......

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I think the iBook name is coming back
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Slate, as in Apple Slate (not iSlate, don't really care for that). Or if they want to stick to the "i" naming convention, especially if its running the iPhone/iPod OS then how about the iTouch?
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I prefer the iSlab myself.

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I prefer the iSlappedMyself...

...for reading rumors.
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I think Apple is finally getting into the lucrative cattle prod business. And about time too!

Too bad they're too late to the game to get Dennis Weaver as product pitchman. I can hear his voice now: "Heifer stuck in a thicket? There's a prod for that. The iProd. Only from Apple."
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its more subtle than that..

theres often been talk for a consumer level and a pro level device for many of apple's products..

we've had ibooks and powerbooks

we've had macbooks and macbook pro's

its just the next generation "pro quadrant filler" for the ipod,

the iprod
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NONONONONONO!

The Tablet CAN'T use iPhone OS! It will be a waste of a product! It's like giving iPod OS to a Mac Pro!!

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NONONONONONO!

The Tablet CAN'T use iPhone OS! It will be a waste of a product! It's like giving iPod OS to a Mac Pro!!

I agree. I betcha it is going to have it's own special SDK....the tablet product I mean. It would be very similar to the iphone OS SDK but have many more new features. So it wouldn't be much of a stretch for iphone devs especially if they also have Mac OSX programming experience.

Anyways, we're getting closer and closer now. I can almost see the meteor out in the distant sky. Y'all seen armageddon or deep impact? When the tablet hits the scene it's going to smack the tech industry with a similar level of devastation!
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... iFPGA stands for internet Flat Panel Gaming Artifact or Architecture
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I agree. I betcha it is going to have it's own special SDK....the tablet product I mean. It would be very similar to the iphone OS SDK but have many more new features.

well it would be directly derived from iPhone OS. Much of the API would be exactly the same.

In any event I don't see any difference between Apple adding new APIs to support hardware in an iPhone and adding APIs to support this new device. It is still Touch OS evolving.
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So it wouldn't be much of a stretch for iphone devs especially if they also have Mac OSX programming experience.

Anyways, we're getting closer and closer now. I can almost see the meteor out in the distant sky. Y'all seen armageddon or deep impact? When the tablet hits the scene it's going to smack the tech industry with a similar level of devastation!

Could be but is the device expected next month the tablet everybody is expecting? See I can see lots of disappointment coming if Apple debuts a slightly larger Touch and that is assumed to be the new tablet. This might explain the announcement rumors that one device will ship in November. The size of the impact is not a given.

Hell everybody wants Apple to be successful in there own way. The problem is every body has their own idea of what that device will look like, how it will perform and so forth. Because Apple can't possibly make everybody happy with a one size device, so I expect multiple devices.


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NONONONONONO!

The Tablet CAN'T use iPhone OS! It will be a waste of a product! It's like giving iPod OS to a Mac Pro!!

Agreed. Tablet + iPhone OS = no sale. Unless they open up the development (no fee, no supervision).

OTOH, they'll sell crates of them to people. Later, some of those same people will whine about Apple removing unsanctioned apps that let you watch DivX movies and read public-domain e-books. Then the device will be jailbroken. Later, Apple will whine about jailbroken iProds potentially being used to subvert national security.
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With all the arguments over what a possible tablet device might be called lately, perhaps this reflects a similarly heated debate inside Apple.

iBook? iPad? iTablet? MacBook? Newton?

Well, Apple took its name from Prof Newton's famous observation about gravity's effect on fruit dropping from its tree. So, in keeping with tradition I think it will be called iZac !
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I agree. I betcha it is going to have it's own special SDK....the tablet product I mean. It would be very similar to the iphone OS SDK but have many more new features. So it wouldn't be much of a stretch for iphone devs especially if they also have Mac OSX programming experience.

Anyways, we're getting closer and closer now. I can almost see the meteor out in the distant sky. Y'all seen armageddon or deep impact? When the tablet hits the scene it's going to smack the tech industry with a similar level of devastation!

.

Ask yourself why there would be references for this new product in the iPhone OS if that OS were not intended to run on it.
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Well, Apple took its name from Prof Newton's famous observation about gravity's effect on fruit dropping from its tree. So, in keeping with tradition I think it will be called iZac !

Like your suggestion, very clever!
(Quibble: Newton was not a professor when he developed his theory of universal gravitation... that came a few years later.)

As to suggestions: iPort.. as in a portal or gateway [for data and media] and also a portable computer. And it sounds like a logical progression from iPod.
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It seems "book" refers to something that opens and closes, but does it have to be? Could Apple get away with calling an ultra-mobile tablet a MacBook?

I have considered this same thing. That one white MacBook seems kind of lonely all by itself.
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post #38 of 63
So much for having Snow Leopard on the Macbook Wheel, er I mean, iTablet.
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Full Mac OS X inside for video presentations using video-out port.
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Im hoping for Snow Leopard but doesn't seem likely, can't wait to see what Apple has up its sleeves.
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