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Although it’s unclear if there even is an iPhone 4S, although our sources say that when the next-gen iPhone was scheduled for its normal summer refresh, there was. That said, a leaked case has emerged from the dust, for that (still mythical) iPhone 4S.
The case, which came from iPatchPods, fits a device with a slightly changed antenna structure. Aside from that, it would seem the device would be decidedly iPhone 4-like, which would fit a device dubbed the iPhone 4S, after all.
[The rumored device has been given the assumed iPhone 4S name as it is very similar to the iPhone 3G to iPhone 3GS transition: very little changed externally, with internal changes.]
In the new case, it appears that there are two antenna breaks at the bottom the device. On the Verizon iPhone, the antenna breaks are at the top sides of the case, while the AT&T (GSM) iPhone has breaks on the top left side and lower left side. It’s that lower left side break that was blamed for the iPhone 4’s famous “Antennagate” issues when it first launched.
The difference in the antenna breaks, it’s theorized, are to handle different frequencies for GSM and CDMA carriers. A strong rumor of late is that Sprint will carry the next-generation iPhone, and perhaps even T-Mobile, which would require more frequencies to be covered.
Another iPhone 4S rumor came from AppleLeaks, which showed off a logic board that it claimed was from a next generation iPhone model, although they were unsure if it was an iPhone 4S or iPhone 5. The board seemed designed to carry an Apple A5 SoC, as in the iPad2, not the A4 of the iPhone 4. Of course, the next-gen iPhone has been expected to sport the A5 for some time.
Finally, one other leaked image shows a device with an N94 label, which is the model number for what we most believe to be the next-generation iPhone (the AT&T iPhone 4 carriers the N90 designation, while the Verizon iPhone 4 is the N92).
On the other hand, it is still unclear if Apple is going to release an iPhone 4S, and iPhone 5, or both. Our sources tell us that Apple was going to release an iPhone 4S, one that was minimally changed from the the iPhone 4.
However, other rumors indicated that Apple was building a cheaper phone that could be sold to emerging markets in an affordable prepaid manner. When we earlier noted that the next-generation iPhone was expected to sport the A5 SoC for some time, we weren’t speaking of this model, by the way. As time went on, the moniker iPhone 4S was applied to this rumored affordable iPhone.
Other rumors, with regard to a next-generation, higher-specced iPhone, have included an edge-to-edge screen, designed to minimize the bezel on both left and right edges, to enable Apple to increase the screen size without increasing the size of the device. The next iPhone is also expected to sport an 8MP rear-facing camera.
In truth, we don’t really know the answers to any of the questions that people have about the next iPhone(s). Prominent among those questions are details about the device (or devices), but also when.
One thing’s for sure, the sheer number of rumors of late mean the iPhone 4S, or iPhone 5, whatever it will turn out to be, is nearly here.