It has been a while since we last heard any iPhone 5 rumors but we have one particularly big rumor to share with you now, and it follows on from the article we published recently related to Apple’s iOS 5.1 beta that the company released just days ago.
We previously told you that some hidden code had been located in the iOS 5.1 beta files, code which seemingly confirmed Apple’s plans for a new version of the iPad 2 which could be heading to Sprint. What we didn’t tell you though, is that further code has now been discovered but this time we have information on a brand new iPhone model, which seemingly confirms the first solid evidence regarding the iPhone 5 or Apple’s sixth-generation iPhone.
Aside from the iPad 2,4 and iPad 3,3 references located in the code, it has now been discovered that ‘iPhone 5,1’ is hidden in there as well, along with further code referencing the iPhone 4,1, and iPhone 4,2. Naturally, this has sent the new hardware rumors into overdrive as to what clues the iOS 5.1 code may mean. It is no secret that the iPad 3 is coming, and the iPad 3, 2 and iPad 3,3 code located in the iOS 5.1 is another sign that Apple clearly has their next iPad in their plans.
As for the iPhone 5,1 code, this could be the first semi-official confirmation we have had that the iPhone 5 is coming, and it will probably be a surprise to many iPhone 4S owners that Apple has referenced the next iPhone already so soon after releasing the 4S. Additional information over at 9to5mac suggests that Apple’s next iPhone will be upgraded with a A6 processor, which contains a quad-core chip. This is entirely logical since we have already seen clear evidence that HTC are planning to unleash a series of quad-core powered smartphones in 2012, while ASUS will also release the world’s first Tegra 3 quad-core tablet, the Transformer Prime before the end of the year.
A sixth-generation iPhone device with a quad-core processor, a 4-inch display and a new aluminum casing design are three new features that would certainly warrant an upgrade for current iPhone 4 owners. We had our own initial fears too after seeing Tegra 3 announced for Android, and whether Apple could be able to keep up with the constant upgrades in technology. Thankfully, after seeing this latest code teaser in the iOS 5.1 beta, consumers may see further information on the iPhone 5 sooner rather than later.