iPhone, iPod messenger clues in latest iPod firmware update

“Overwhelmed with anticipation, some fans of Apple Computer’s iPods are ripping through software code to find clues about what the company has planned for the next-generation of the digital music players. And they may have found some answers,” Katie Marsal reports for AppleInsider.

“An AppleInsider member by the name of VL-Tone recently dissected the latest iPod firmware update and made some interesting discoveries,” Marsal reports. “While Apple has been relatively mum on any plans for iPod-branded cell phone, the latest iPod software includes references to an ‘t_feature_app_PHONE_APP’ application and variables such as ‘kPhoneSignalStrength,’ ‘clPhoneCallHistoryModel,’ ‘prPhoneSettingsMenu,’ ‘prPhoneSettingsMenuView,’ ‘prPhoneEnableSetting’ and ‘prPhoneMenuItem.'”

Marsal reports, “Apple may also be working on some form of iPod-based instant messenger application, if you believe in reading into some additional clues embedded into the latest iPod software such as ‘t_feature_app_MESSENGER_APP,’ ‘clMessengerModel,’ and ‘clMessengerApplication.'”

Full article here.

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  1. I remember that hackers found hints of an iPhone in iTunes. A few months later the ROCKR was announced. Let’s see if Teh Steve will have one thing to announce at WWDC in August.

  2. Add-on dock attachment. There will be a number of them coming, I’d bet, offering various functionality. Cool if true.

    The iPod is a platform that will become even more personalized depending how users want it– video capture, cell phone, pda,…

    I guy can hope, right?

  3. >”There are only three certainties in life: death, taxes, and iPhone rumors.”

    You can take out taxes from this list, especially if you happen to live in certain Middle Eastern countries! ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

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