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.