Originally Posted by 2oh1
If the iOS 6 part of the story is true, it suggests something drastic enough is coming that a future device won't run on anything less.
Yeah, every iPhone Apple has released.
I wonder what could be so big of a change as to require an entirely new version number?
A new iPhone, just like every year.
It does seem odd to have alphas of iOS 6 before iOS 5.1 has even been released.
Why? I'm sure that on the day of its predecessor's release, the OS X team will start building alphas of 10.9. 5.1 is a long time coming at this point. It's a long time coming because Apple wants it to be RIGHT. The battery fix, the other fixes; they want it to be the holdover until iOS 6 is released.
Wow - it's hard to believe that iOS will turn five years old this summer (assuming we base the birth of the OS on its public release, of course)
It was perfectly functional at the January introduction, but if you watch the keynote you'll notice a few subtle differences between that OS and the shipping version of 1.0, so either date is valid.
And… I really want to put it back on my iPhone just for the fun of it.