iOS 5.1 Beta 3 Reveals Hints About iPad 3, Facebook Integration

    January 17, 2012
    Shaylin Clark
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Though hardly infallible, the practice of digging through the code of Apple’s iOS update is a time-honored way to find clues about what Apple might have coming down the pipeline. Apple recently released the third beta of iOS 5.1, the next update to their mobile operating system, and developers have found some interesting nuggets hidden away in the code.

Tucked away in the code for iOS 5.1 are references to the iPad 3 – probably both wi-fi and cellular data models – and possible Facebook integration. There doesn’t seem to be much to the iPad references apart from the fact that they exist. Previous examinations of the iOS betas have revealed that Apple appears to be readying quad-core processors for the iPad 3 and iPhone 6.

The big news is the references to possible Facebook integration. One of the biggest features of iOS 5 when it launched in autumn 2011 was OS-level integration with Twitter, allowing users to post photos, share web links, and more to Twitter without using a Twitter client. It has long been rumored that Apple was pursuing a similar deal with Facebook, and that the difficulty in coming to an agreement is what prompted Apple to deal with Twitter instead. While these references in iOS 5.1 may be remnants of Apple’s preparations for Facebook integration in iOS 4, it seems more likely that we will see Facebook integration sometime soon – perhaps as early as iOS 5.1, or at least with iOS 6, which will probably launch with the iPhone 6 this summer.

[Source: iMore]

  • A_H

    iPhone 4 >> iPhone 4S >> iPhone 6
    Is some number missing?

    • http://www.ientry.com/ Shaylin Clark

      Well, a lot of people think the next iPhone will be called the iPhone 5, but the fact is that the iPhone 4S is the iPhone 5 in all but name. This year’s iPhone will be the sixth generation iPhone. I’m inclined to think that Apple will call it the iPhone 6, instead of the iPhone 5.

      • norbs

        With that logic the iPhone 3gs would have been the iPhone 4… but yet iPhone 3gs is not the iPhone 4.

        • http://www.ientry.com/ Shaylin Clark

          No, because the 3GS was the third iPhone. The iPhone 3G was the second, and should have been called the iPhone 2, but Apple wanted to emphasize that it had 3G connectivity (the lack of which had been a sore point with critics of the original iPhone). So we had the iPhone, then the iPhone 3G was second, the iPhone 3GS was third, the iPhone 4 was fourth. Even though the current iPhone was the fifth generation iPhone, they chose to call it the iPhone 4S instead of the iPhone 5. So the iPhone that comes out in 2012 will be Apple’s sixth iPhone. Thus iPhone 6.

  • Ron

    As long as they fix the music player.

    Why did they remove the button for playback speed and the lyrics feature on the iPad?

    If you are using your iPad for foreign language study the above features are a must!