Apple’s iOS 7.1 release hints at new iPad hardware

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Apple’s iOS 7.1 is now upon us, delivering fixes, new features, and ruining the latest jailbreak – all the stuff we expect a significant iOS release to do. But along with the functionality it delivers, it also holds a few secrets, and one of them sure seems to suggest that Apple’s got a couple new hardware variants in the works.

The iOS 7.1 code mentions support for two currently unknown iPad models, identified as the 4,3 and 4,6 editions. The former is likely a new device of the iPad Air lineage, while the latter would logically be a new iPad mini.

Before you start getting too excited, neither of these is likely to be a wholly new tablet. Instead, we’re almost certainly looking at more minor hardware revisions.

Just what that change may be, though, remains to be seen. We’ve heard suggestions ranging from new radios to design tweaks intended to correct pet peeves with currently available hardware – like helping with the iPad mini’s speaker output.

So, there’s an outside chance that these changes may lead to the release of slightly better iPads – but they could just as easily make no major adjustments, at least so far as the end user is concerned. Maybe Apple’s just swapping-out a chip or two for something functionally equivalent. But whatever actually is happening, we’re quite curious to get to the bottom of it.

Source: 9to5 Mac

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Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bitsRead more about Stephen Schenck!