The iPhone as a media message amplifier? via flickr.com
One of my personal favourite and most reputated Mac sites, MacRumors, have triggered the crazyness in the iPhone community. They reported last Saturday that developer Pandav has spotted usage records for an unreleased iPhone in their app's analytics.
"iPhone3,1" was first spotted in Pandav's usage logs in November. This "iPhone3,1" identifier does not match up with any shipping iPhones. The last iPhone released to the public was the iPhone 3GS which carries the identification string "iPhone2,1". References to "iPhone3,1" was first discovered in the iPhone firmware files back in August, but this seems to be the first time that it has been spotted "in the wild". Apple similarly began testing the iPhone 3GS (iPhone2,1) back in October of 2008 about 8 months ahead of its launch. At the time, the usage was similarly focused in the San Francisco Bay Area where Apple is located.
The response in their forums and twitter has been very positive and I get the feeling some are getting too excited. As MacRumors makes clear, last time records of a new hardware type were found, it took Apple eight months to deploy in into the markets. Isn't it absolutely normal that Apple tests new products? Because we are all willing to see more iPhone updates, but for me, this information only means that someone has been using 3rd party apps with a hardware model not official. This could be a jailbroken device, a new concept (tablet anyone?), a new iPhone OS version and of course, new iPhone hardware. If you look back to January, PinchMedia provided reports of an 2.1 iPhone and now they do the same with 3.1. Data was gathered at the beginning of the month, so what's the point of releasing it now? Is it because this was a Black Friday weekend? You tell me about it. UPDATE: This is trending topic now at Mashable