Next Generation iPod Touch References Found In iOS 5 Indicates a Minor Update

iOS 5

Couple of weeks back, references to next generation iPhone and iPad were found in iOS 5 beta that was released to developers of iOS developer program after it was unveiled at the WWDC 2011 Keynote address.

But since references to the next generation iPod Touch were missing, there were speculations that Apple may not be planning to launch a new iPod Touch later this fall.

The good news is that, folks at iFans have finally discovered references to an unreleased iPod Touch model (apparently they are also available in iOS 4.3), but if you go by the model number, it indicates that the next generation iPod Touch might be a minor update rather than an all-new design.

iFans reports:

Up until now, only mentions of “iPod4,1,” the current iPod touch model, have been discovered in iOS 5 property lists. However, some snooping by iFans forum user shamrock has indeed yielded mention of an unreleased iPod touch model: “iPod4,2″ in the file /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.fairplayd.N81.plist

iPod4,1 is the model number of the current generation iPod Touch. As we’ve explained before Apple uses these models numbers to distinguish between different hardware models.

For example: The original iPhone carried the model number of “iPhone 1,1”, while the iPhone 3G is labeled “iPhone 1,2”, iPhone 3GS is labeled “iPhone 2,1” and the model number of iPhone 4 is “iPhone 3,1”.

These numbers do not change for simple storage increases and instead represent functionally different devices. So if model number “iPod4,2” turns out to be the fifth generation iPod Touch then it indicates that it could be a minor update. A model number “iPod5,1” would have indicated that the new iPod Touch would feature an all-new design.

Apple is expected to release iPod Touch 5G, along with iPhone 5 at a special event in either August or September.

Are you disappointed that the next generation iPod Touch could be a minor update rather than a radical new design?

[via iFans, AppleInsider]