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Dual core is in store, and maybe more

Apple, Inc. (AAPL) made the interesting decision of pushing its standard iPhone launch back from June to September -- a three month delay.  Fans of the Cupertino, California gadget maker did receive some consolation with the release of a CDMA-capable iPhone on Verizon Communications, Inc.'s (VZ) network in February and the release of white iPhones at the end of April. 

However, the delay was also costly for Apple, which had already fallen behind Google Inc.'s rival Android OS in U.S. and worldwide sales.  

But the painful wait may finally almost be over for Apple's remaining fans.  A few months ahead of launch 9 to 5 Mac is reporting that final testing stage iPhone 5 hardware (dubbed the "AP" stage within Apple) is making the rounds.

According to the site's sources, 3G FaceTime on Verizon still isn't a done deal by any means.  If you recall, the iPhone 4 CDMA version was unable to accept video calls using Apple's FaceTime software.  Verizon reportedly was concerned about the software's high data demands.

Even if 3G is agreed upon, it seems extremely unlikely that Verizon customers will get 4G video chat -- a much hoped for feature.  Reportedly, Verizon is also trying to work out issues with its promised over-the-air updates scheme for the iPhone 5.  OTA updates may not begin until Fall 2011. 

The recently released iOS 5.0 SDK revealed two new iPhone hardware versions, the "N94" and "N93".  The N94 reportedly packs a GSM and a CDMA chip.  It also packs the dual-core A5 ARMv7 CPU found in the iPad 2.

It is unclear what the N93 is, but some (including 9 to 5 Mac) suggest that it may be a model destined for the Sprint Nextel Corp. (S) or Deutsche Telekom AG's (DTE) T-Mobile network in the U.S.

Based on the iOS 5.0 SDK it also appears that the rear-facing camera will stay at a resolution 5 megapixels, and not receive the bump to 8.0 megapixels that some Apple fans were hoping for.  We're guessing that won't stop most of those fans from buying iPhone 5s, though.

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But will have it have. . .
By anon3803 on 6/13/2011 3:36:31 PM , Rating: 2
But will it have the bigger geebees?!?

In all seriousness I think this could be the start of a slow decline for the iphone. If the new phone in September doesn't have 4G, there will be dozens of Android, WebOS and WP7 phones with 4G by the time the next iphone comes out June of next year. I know many, many folks will still buy Apple because it's Apple, but the iphone seems to be losing out in having the latest most cutting edge features lately. Some features only the tech savvy will care about, but 4G has been hyped so much, I think it could be a factor for the average consumer.

RE: But will have it have. . .
By tekzor on 6/13/2011 6:44:24 PM , Rating: 2
I total agree with you. For apple not to release a iphone that is at least close to what android if offering is a big mistake.
Android will keep gaining momentum at the cost of apple's shares imo. I personally will stay on the android bandwagon if the iphone can't keep up. 4G LTE is a pretty big deal for me.

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