The iPhone 5,1 reference was revealed by iOS developer Filippo Bigarella, who posted screenshots of his findings on Twitter. Bigarella also discovered evidence that the iPhone 5 will run on Apple’s A5 dual-core processor, which also powers the iPhone 4S and iPad 2.
Unlike the iPhone 4S, which looks identical on the outside to the iPhone 4, the iPhone 5 is expected to have a complete design overhaul
The presence of the iPhone 5,1 reference in this version of iOS 5.1 suggest that Apple plans to release the device earlier in the year than it released the iPhone 4S, which was launched in October. Prior to this year, Apple released all previous iPhone models in June.
The discovery has added to rumours that the iPad 3 will launch in March and feature a fractionally thicker design and a significantly higher resolution display.
The forecast calls for the average resolution of tablet displays to grow to more than 200 pixels per inch (PPI) in the second quarter of 2012 (see chart above), according to David Hsieh, an analyst at NPD DisplaySearch. Currently, displays average just shy of 150 PPI.
The transition to very-high-resolution 9.7-inch tablet displays will begin with a bang on the iPad 3’s 2048×1536 display likely due in the first quarter of next year. This is expected to have a PPI of 264, twice that of the iPad 2.
Android tablet makers dominate the 10.1-inch display size and these will also jump to resolutions of 1920×1200 at the high end, according to DisplaySearch. Right now, the top Android tablet makers making products in this size range include Samsung, Motorola, Acer, and Asus.
It’s highly likely that most or all of them will turn to higher resolution displays as more tablets are populated by faster silicon like Nvidia’s Tegra 3, Qualcomm’s Krait, and Texas Instruments OMAP 5.
In a list of devices in the new iOS 5.1 software, ‘iPad3,3’ is referenced, with further references to the software calling for its ‘vendorID’, ‘deviceID’ and other details.
Elsewhere in the new code, blog 9to5mac claims a reference to iPad 2,4 could be about a version of the current iPad 2 with either a version of next-generation network LTE or WiMax technology.
Reportedly, Apple is working on two different prototypes for the iPad 3, and is also examining the possibility of a smaller 7.85” version as well.
Analyst Richard Shim said that Samsung, Sharp and LGD are all working on a high resolution screen in the style of the 4S’s ‘retina display. He claimed it would be QXGA, with a resolution of 2048×1536.
Manufacturing was set to ramp up in time for a March launch, it has been claimed, and Apple is likely to examine a smaller model if Amazon’s rival Kindle Fire tablet stokes interest in the 7” form factor.
The iOS 5.1 code also refers to an updated version of the Apple TV, codenamed 3,1. While the iPhone 5 and iPad 3 references provide clear evidence that Apple is working on these devices, it’s still possible that they won’t be brought to market.
But seeing as Apple will surely release a new iPhone and new iPad models next year, speculation that these devices will find their way into customers’ hands isn’t such a stretch of the imagination. [via The Telegraph, CNET and Digital Trends]