What The Hell Is An IProd?

Posted: Aug 5 2009, 11:20am CDT | by , Updated: Aug 11 2010, 3:39pm CDT, in News | Apple


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Back in March, some observant developers noticed references to a device named iProd 0,1 in the USBConfiguration.plist. Since it was labeled as 0,1, it was assumed the new device was a prototype of some sort. Now Ars Technica has uncovered another reference to this mysterious device, this time titled the iProd 1,1. We reported earlier today that this device could be either the iTablet or the iPhone Nano.

It's possible this refers to a new camera-equipped iPod as well, or some totally unexpected gadget that Apple's managed to keep hidden. Ars Technica states that this new product could be ready by September, when the next generation of iPods are announced. If it doesn't come out then, we'll have a much better idea of what this new device is.

I highly doubt that the iProd refers to an iPhone Nano, however. First of all, Tim Cook has been adamant that such a product is not coming down the pipes. Secondly, I can't see what possible uses the iPod Nano would have over the iPhone 3G or 3GS. The only real direction Apple could take an iPhone Nano would be to make it a smaller, cheaper, less functional version of the iPhone. Apple has already said they have no intention of getting into the low-end phone market.

An iPhone Nano wouldn't have to get into the low-end phone business, but what other options does it have? If Apple makes a substantially smaller iPhone it is going to lose out on power to its larger cousins. There's currently no demand or sign of demand for such a device, so why would Apple risk millions putting one out?

It seems most likely to me that this iProd is either the new iTablet, or a product we haven't seen the likes of yet. With any luck, we'll know for sure before the end of the year.

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