The recently leaked iPhone N94 prototype that could be either the iPhone 5 or the rumored variant iPhone 4S, has been found to have already received an FCC ID, suggesting that it's indeed on the path to launch. The FCC ID also hints that the phone could be dual-mode following rumors that the next-gen iPhone would be a world phone.
New images have surfaced of the back casing of what could be a prototype of either the iPhone 4S or the iPhone 5. The case is labeled with EVT for Engineering Verification Test and is dated June 7, 2011, but looks nearly identical to the current iPhone 4 design without any of the rumored design changes.
According to a new inside tip, Apple updated its inventory system today with the iPhone 5. Yesterday, we reported that two iPhones and three iPod touch devices had been added to the system, but that the codenames associated with those devices suggested that they were only minor upgrades, possibly the rumored iPhone 4S. Today's inventory update, however, adds the N94 device, which has long been rumored as the codename for the iPhone 5.
Apple's iPhone 2011 event kicks off in just over a day's time, and as always the rumor machine keeps churning right up to the wire. Anticipation for the fifth-gen smartphone is high, though we're yet to see the sort of convincing leak that pre-empted the iPhone 4 unveil. That hasn't stopped the rumors from flourishing, however, so head on past the cut for details on what we're expecting, what we're hoping to see, and what doesn't look likely, then join us tomorrow for the full SlashGear liveblog at http://live.slashgear.com/
This weekend the iPhone rumors and leaks are just flowing in, this next one showing some evidence that the iPhone 4S will indeed be popping up next week, this information thanks to Apple itself. In the latest version if iTunes (a beta, at that), references to the iPhone 4S have been found, but were quickly pulled from its developer site after the discovery was made. You'll see a couple of shots taken from this leak and sent to AppleInsider it appears by the same insider, Ming-Chi Kuo, who tells of a complete lack of iPhone 5 instances in the same line. This leak was inside the ninth build of iTunes 10.5 released Friday and is now squashed, but not before letting us know that this device will be at least CDMA where we expect a GSM mode version (or one dual-mode device) to be released on Tuesday.
It appears that not one but several new iPhone 5 units will be coming out if a brand new RadioShack inventory list is to be believed. It seems that everyone but T-Mobile will be getting the iPhone 5, each of them for $50 USD. Each of these models appear to have a 32GB version and a 16GB version and will either be completely free or half a Benjamin. Of course these details will be changed before the actual release and/or won't be accurate at all - screenshots of screens aren't always to be trusted.
Apple's iPhone 5 unveiling called "Lets talk iPhone" is scheduled for October 4, and leading up to the major event is of course more speculation and clues as to what the company may have in store for everyone. According to a inside tip, Apple has updated its internal inventory system to include two new models of the iPhone and three new models of the iPod touch.
Apple's next-gen iPod touch will be broadly identical to the existing model, according to the latest analyst tittle-tattle, with the company merely introducing a white variant of the current PMP. Ming-Chi Kuo claims his supply chain sources confirm the pale all-touch iPod, Apple Insider reports, though the same analyst has also thrown cold water over recent iPhone 5 excitement. He reckons that, while leaks and rumors have tipped a considerable upgrade for the fifth-gen handset, in actual fact there's no evidence of such a departure in the pipeline, MacRumors reports. Instead, Kuo predicts, something a whole lot more mundane is in the offing.
New images of iPhone 5 cases have leaked and the designs continue to suggest that the next-gen iPhone will indeed sport a larger footprint while having a thinner profile with a curved back. However, recently leaked images of a prototype N94 that could be either the iPhone 5 or iPhone 4S, as Apple is rumored to possibly offer two handsets, have shown the next-gen design to look nearly unchanged. So which one is it?
Word has it that Apple is currently in the final testing stage, that being the AP stage, of their next generation iPhone. This means that the device is being carried around by high-level Apple and carrier executives, and we can expect the phone by September. This set of factoids comes from a source speaking with 9to5Mac that'd previously been "accurate" in providing inside tips. This news also came attached to some Verizon bits including the idea that Verizon and Apple have yet to strike a deal regarding FaceTime over 3G. Whether or not that means they'll be waiting until 4G LTE is still up for question.