Apple earlier today seeded developers with the first beta of iOS 5.1 and Xcode 4.3. Per usual, 9to5Mac was quick to get its hands dirty with the iOS beta and found some data strings pointing to what very well may be a Sprint model iPad.
Specifically, they discovered a string titled iPad2,4 – and if you’re familiar with the way Apple labels its products, you know that the first digit changes in the face of a significant product upgrade while the second digit increases as a result of a minor upgrade.
That said, the original iPad was referenced as iPad1,1 while the base model wi-fi iPad 2 was referenced as iPad2,1. Since the debut of the original iPad, Apple has changed the data string in the following ways:
iPad2,2 – refers to the AT&T iPad 2
iPad2,3 – refers to the Verizon iPad 2
And now we have the iPad2,4, which some are understandably viewing as an indication that a Sprint model iPad 2 is on the horizon.
Makes sense to us.
Looking forward to the iPad 3, the latest rumblings indicate that assembly on Apple’s next-gen tablet is set to commence in early January with a release date to occur in April. The device will by all accounts feature a 2048 × 1536 screen, employing the same pixel density doubling technique Apple first used when it introduced the Retina Display on the iPhone 4. Note that the resolution on the current iPad checks in at 1024×768.