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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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RE: iPhone 4S?
By TheRequiem on 6/13/2011 4:12:03 PM , Rating: 2
I Don't care, just release it on Sprint, $69 for an iPhone witha $10 smartphone fee = $79, cheapest plan in the country for an iPhone. BRING IT.


RE: iPhone 4S?
By mcnabney on 6/13/2011 5:25:03 PM , Rating: 1
Unprofitable companies with loss-leading price plans can't afford iProducts. So sorry. Not yours.


RE: iPhone 4S?
By TheRequiem on 6/14/2011 2:53:16 AM , Rating: 2
Is that a joke? Because its a bad one. So you mean a company that has one of the greatest turnarounds in modern history for a company its size? Not to mention matching verizon in customer satisfaction index ratings? Also of note, Apple has their iPhone on much lesser carriers throughout the world. Another note, Sprint is about to exploit serious coverage with network vision. Also worthy, you can bet your ass their is no privilege to Apple products as AT&T found out... don't think for a second that Apple doesn't want to add Sprint and its 51 million customers to their portfolio. Supply and demand is the real issue here and they are increasing it.


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