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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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Typical
By Raiders12 on 6/13/2011 9:55:48 PM , Rating: 2
I admire the Iphone4 as a capable and well put together smartphone. Now, what I hate is how everyone automatically praises it as the end all be all, without realizing there are many more capable and powerful phones out there. It's not the ultimate phone many claim it to be, my friend broke the back glass rather easily, and now has a beautifully shattered backing. Well constructed? Also the 5MP camera does take better photos than some 8MP shooters, but once again there is better out there. And many will say "it comes down to preference!", well good for them, but I don't understand the angst against more capable Android phones.




RE: Typical
By Miggleness on 6/14/2011 10:30:18 AM , Rating: 2
That's the question, what is the "more capable andriod"?

While the andriod phones are great, there's always something about them that gives the Iphone4 the edge. I've been looking for an andriod phone now and am really frustrated with the available products. The LG Optimus 2X looked awesome but the battery life is terrible and it gets random reboots.

I've been hearing good things about the SGS2 but it's too damn expensive! I bet the iphone5 would be cheaper.


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