Apple testing iOS 4.1 on iPod touch 4, iPad 2, and mystery device?

Apple testing iOS 4.1 alongside next-gen iPod touch, iPad and 'unknown' product

AppleInsider, quoting "people familiar with the matter" says iOS 4.1 is currently being tested by Apple not only on iPhone 4 (currently available to developers) but the upcoming iPod touch 4 refresh, iPad 2, and an unknown mystery device.

iPod touch 4 is pretty much a no-brainer at this point. For the last 3 years Apple has shipped a new iPod touch in the fall along with an x.1 software update, so we'll consider that a done deal. The iPod 4,1 hardware designation means it will also once again be a major update. Retina display and dual cameras would certainly qualify.

As to iPad 2, also a major update if iProd 2,1 is the proper designator, that might get a camera as well come next spring. However, since Apple hasn't even introduced an iOS 4.x beta for the current generation iPad, it's harder to predict what the iOS 4.x situation will be by then. 4.2 to mirror 3.2 last year?

As to the mystery device, that might just be the iOS Apple TV/iTV we keep hearing about.

Hopefully we'll find out more at Apple traditional fall special music event for iPod and iTunes in the next month or so, but let us know your best guesses below!

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Rene Ritchie

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Apple testing iOS 4.1 on iPod touch 4, iPad 2, and mystery device?


I remember hearing about a mini touch screen apple has been playing around with could that be an apple remote or a touch screen nano? it has to be touch screen for apple to give at an ios

I'm surprised no one has mentioned that dumb old Verizon.
I certainly think it's the Apple TV for January 2011.

I hope the ipod touch 4 is awesome because I just canceled my AT&T and got a palm pre.
sent from my palm pre "VERIZON"

Hopefully this version when it's released will make my iTouch stop acting like the Windows ME laptop I had in the past (crashing every few hours of use).

Come on new ipod touch with 2 cameras, I'm ready to get an Android phone. Sprint is bout to be my new baby daddy.

the mystery device is the new apple tv, it runs ios 4.1 but doesnt have springboard but it had lowtide (front row interface thing)