iOS 5 contains references to new iPhone and iPad models

As with all new beta firmware, it appears there are references to new hardware in iOS 5. I expected there to be references to a 5th generation iPhone model but there are also placeholders for new iPad models as well. TUAW is reporting that they found references to not only two difference 5th generation iPhone models, but 2 different iPad models as well.

I'm assuming the two iPhone references are to the GSM and CDMA models of whatever the 5th generation iPhone will be called. I definitely didn't expect to see two new iPad models this soon. And even more interesting, there are no new references of a fifth generation iPod Touch. Considering Apple typically releases new iPods in the Fall, we normally see code pointing in that direction around this time.

From TUAW -

Specifically, there are declarations buried in the iOS system files that reference "iPad3,1" and "iPad3,2." Likewise, "iPhone4,1" and "iPhone4,2." The iPhone 5 will be a 4th generation unit because the iPhone 3G was technically 1st generation. This throws off the numbering and confuses everyone, so don't fret if you were confused....

What do you guys think? I'm going with the fact that they just stuck place holders in there for future iPad iterations. They've done it in the past. I am, however, intrigued that there are no iPod references found this close to what should be an iPod refresh.


Have something to say about this story? Leave a comment! Need help with something else? Ask in our forums!

Allyson Kazmucha

Senior editor for iMore. I can take apart an iPhone in less than 6 minutes. I also like coffee and Harry Potter more than anyone really should.

More Posts



← Previously

iPhone Live 155: Enter iOS 5 and iCloud

Next up →

Poll: Will you still jailbreak post iOS 5?

Reader comments

iOS 5 contains references to new iPhone and iPad models


It would make sense, release ios 5 a week or two before they announce a new iPhone... late September I'd say

Hmm, thought one had to agree to the nda when using the beta? Or is it about getting the attention?

@Allyson: I think your "place holder" theory is most likely; another possibility is that Apple might do away with some of the iPod models, but I find that unlikely as they still appear to be selling really well.

1, Why the hell is everything on the page in italics?
2, I thought the iphone 4S/5 was suppose to merge CDMA and GSM?

I really wanna know why they didn't release the new iPhone now.
Other than that they wanted to release the new iPhone with the new iOS because iOS5 is compatible with the current iPhones being sold.
I could understand a late OS release because A LOT goes into writing code ...

Hmmm......... (I think way too much!!)........ with all the rumours flying around this year, of iPad 3 end of year, and iPhone nano........ maybe, just maybe ;
“iPhone4,1″ = iPhone 5, GSM & CDMA.
“iPhone4,2″ = iPhone 5 Nano, GSM & CDMA.
“iPad3,1″ = iPad 3, retina display, 3G GSM & CDMA data.
“iPad3,2″ = iPad 3 Nano (previously know as iPod Touch).

Uh wasn't there an official announcement that the next iPhone would be universal?
Verizon iPhone technically is... If so then the numbering makes perfect for 2 iPads..

How is this news? Everybody knows there will be new iPhones and iPads.
Maybe releasing iPhone in Fall officially means iPhones will replace iPods. Who knows.

Agree with Martin Soler. Although, it may not be 'news', it's still nice to hear the vibes of it actually on it's way. Even me (Mr Impatient) didn't trade in for an iPad 2 as it was logical a 3 would come soon. The iPad 2 is more like an iPad 1S in my opinion. I can't though think what else they could add to the iPhone hardware apart from bigger screen and camera, but even if little changes, after a few updates the 4 is starting to get a bit laggy and in need of renewal. I've been due for upgrade for 2 months but of course I'll hang-on.

Delaying iPhone until autumn/fall must have some strategy.
Hey, (sorry slightly off-topic) but did anyone else notice the cunning use of the word/acronym 'PC' during the keynote when talking about a Mac laptop or desktop?!... I've thought for a while that Microsoft doesn't have the right to 'own' the term PC/personal computer. Apple makes personal computers, Microsoft doesn't and by now referring to Apple laptops and desktops as PCs is good. It stops Microsoft from monopolising it and also makes their 'I'm a PC' campaign worthless. Subtle but cunning if it's what Apple are really up to!... ads running the caption 'I'm a windows' doesn't have quite the same ring to it!