Not that this is incredibly surprising news, but MacRumors posts news of a possible siting of an unknown iPhone type that doesn’t match any that have been launched.
iPhone developer Pandav has informed MacRumors that they have spotted usage records for an unreleased iPhone in their app’s analytics. The app used was iBART [Free / Paid], a public transportation guide for the San Francisco train system.
PinchMedia who provides the analytics for the application breaks down customer usage including what specific devices are being used. This list of devices is reported to developers using internal device identification numbers assigned by Apple. In this case, “iPhone3,1″ was first spotted in Pandav’s usage logs in November. This “iPhone3,1″ identifier does not match up with any shipping iPhones. The last iPhone released to the public was the iPhone 3GS which carries the identification string “iPhone2,1″.
Now, when iPhone 3GS was spotted in the wild, that was October 2008. Considering the release schedules of the iPhone (about once a year), it seems perfectly normal to see at this point the testing of the new iPhone that supposedly will be announced early next year, and released in June/July. The real speculation is not about when or what, but what it will be able to do, and what telecom it will be able to connect with.