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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 AlterEcho on 6/14/2011 2:08:17 AM , Rating: 4
When I got my Droid, I knew Apple was in trouble. They packed more features into one hardware version than Apple has implemented in their entire update path. If Apple does not pull an 'all out' effort their sales numbers are going to take a serious hit. Apple's days of "minor" hardware updates and calling it a new model, are probably over. Adding bluetooth or autofocus for the camera (I mean really...what brainiac had the idea to implement a camera without autofocus) or finally gracing it with a LED flash...just does not cut it, anymore. And that is one of the reasons I left the iPhone. Apple comes out with a great product, but falls on it's face when it comes time to update the hardware to another model. The majority of their model updates should have been included hardware, instead they piecemeal us to death. While Android has thrown everything, but the kitchen sink, into my phone.
I would love to see Apple come out with a phone product that would make me envious...but in reality, the next model is probably going to be a big disappointment.

RE: iPhone 4S?
By icanhascpu on 6/18/2011 12:47:01 AM , Rating: 2
Apple isnt 'in trouble'. Nor is droid. They are competeing.

Also, gee, who would of thought coming out with a 'product#2' AFTER the fact of another 'product#1' creating a stable marketplace would allow this 'product#2' an easier entry and able to spend more time on features in its first implementations? HMMM

Let apple do all the work then say they suck and glory to droid. Its the DT way.

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