New Versions of iPhone OS Traced In Website Visits

New versions of iPhone OS being tracked in website visits

Late last month, we had reported trails of a new iPhone model discovered in the wild. Back then, a new iPhone device ID was found in the analytics logs of an iPhone app named iBART which was used in the San Francisco area. 

Now, there are similar reports from the folks at BoyGeniusReport who have noted that their site has apparently been accessed by iPhones running newer versions of iPhone OS.

A screenshot of the log files posted on the website shows two new versions of iPhone OS, iPhone OS 3.1.3 and iPhone OS 4.0 as the source of the visits.


New versions of iPhone OS being tracked in website visits

Like we had speculated in the earlier article on iBart as well, going by the traditional nomenclature followed by Apple, a shift in OS version to 4.x from 3.x could mean that the upcoming model of the iPhone is a much improved version from the current one. Nevertheless, these speculations are not conclusive since the OS detected in the user logs are primarily the 'user agents' tracked from the browsers. A lot many browsers today, including Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome lets you customize this string to the user's choice and so this whole episode could as well be a prank. 

However, with Apple known to field test their newer iPhone models around eight months before launch, it is very likely that these user agents tracked are genuine. Still, it begets the question – What's new in iPhone OS 4.0? 

We would like to hear your thoughts on this. Please tell in the comments.

[via Boy Genius Report]



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