updated 07:45 am EST, Mon January 25, 2010
Online checks show device with unreleased SW
Mobile analytics firm Flurry late last night claims to have discovered evidence of about 50 tablet-class devices in use on Apple's campus. While not describing features, such as a higher resolution screen, the researchers note that all of the devices are running the as yet unreleased iPhone 3.2. The move suggests tablets may have a significant update to the interface but not necessarily a major overhaul.
Analysis also shows that the devices appear to be using existing iPhone apps but that the bias appears to be towards games, suggesting a heavy entertainment focus. It also has a significant daily media component, such as e-readers and Internet radio. In many cases the downloads were for very recent apps. Media sharing, social networking and travel guides were also common app categories among the 50 devices.
The combined effect produces a view a tablet as a gradual evolution of the iPhone rather than a complete makeover. However, with high expectations the possibility remains that some features remain secret.