Friday, 10 September 2010

Apple Tablets Running iPhone OS 3.2 & 4.0 Spotted in Testing Analytics Company Flurry Identified 50 non-iPhone Devices Running iPhone OS 3.2 & 4.0

Flurry, a mobile analytics company, has apparently spotted 50 devices on
Apple s campus. Now don t expect any hot pictures since the company
doesn t have that kind of information. When I say spotted I mean that
they have interpreted data which shows that those Apple devices running
iPhone OS 3.2 and 4.0 are not iPhones. What other hardware do we know
capable of running iPhone OS?
Flurry says that those unidentified iPhone-like devices must be the
tablets that were being tested around Cupertino. The pre-release tablets
were noticed last year too but tablet testing increased significantly in
January 2010.
According to Peter Farago, Flurry s vice president of marketing, these
iPhone-like devices did not identify themselves as iPhones when asked by
the software. But what s clear is that they were running two iPhone OS
versions, 3.2 and 4.0.
Flurry suggests that those devices testing iPhone OS 4.0 have left Apple
s campus while those tablets running OS 3.2 stayed within the Cupertino
campus.
Earlier this month rumors said that the tablet would come with iPhone OS
4.0 on board. The new OS was said to be unveiled in two days from now
but maybe Apple will surprise us all by launching version 4.0 only
together with the iPhone 4G this summer and equipping iPhone OS 3.2 on
the upcoming tablet.
Flurry analyzed the applications that were downloaded and tested on the
new device and most of them were games:
Historically, tablet devices have been considered substitutes for
anything where workers use clipboards, note pads or day runners. In more
industrial settings, they could be used for inventory management, taking
purchase orders or data entry. However, there was a surprising dearth of
applications that support these use cases. Instead, the largest category
was games.
It s definitely fun turning the iPod touch or the iPhone into a mean
gaming machine but will we want to play the same games on a larger device?
On Wednesday we ll find out whether Flurry was right or not so stick
around for more Apple tablet-related news, folks!
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