Apple will finally unveil the next-generation iPhone Oct. 4 and the rumor mill is churning at full speed. Will we see that iPhone 5 with a radical new form factor or an iPhone 4S that features the same iPhone 4 design with the new iOS 5 software and boosted internals? Let’s take a look.
The IntoMobile team actually saw what we believe to be a new iPhone recently and even though it was running on AT&T, it had the same antenna design as the Verizon iPhone, which came out in February. Other than the antenna design, we didn’t notice much different on the design.
The person using the device did show off the new voice-control Assistant features we’ve been hearing about, as he said something to the effect of “Show me some great Chinese restaurants around me” and it dove into a map within the Assistant app and showed nearby places. Unfortunately, we didn’t get any pics of this or more information on the specs, as the source quickly clammed up once he knew what we do for a living.
Over at 9to5Mac, they’ve found reference to the name “iPhone 4S,” which indicates we could be in store for a boosted iPhone 4. This will likely have the dual-core A5 processor that’s found in the iPad 2, perhaps up to 1 GB of RAM and an 8-megapixel camera. While some may want a larger screen, I’m actually still a big fan of the iPhone 4 form factor and would welcome this iteration. The folks at Tipb also seem to think that an iPhone 4S is likely and the revamped version will land in 2012.
But over on Engadget, screenshots from RadioShack’s inventory system clearly says that the “iPhone 5″ will be coming for AT&T, Verizon and Sprint. There’s a high probability that RadioShack’s name could be a placeholder though.
As for the multiple models, Gizmodo got some exclusive shots of what appears to be an 8 GB iPhone that will be aimed at the entry-level buyers. There’s no word on what internals this device would have.
The general take right now is that we’re looking at an iPhone 4S with strong internals and a killer voice control system, as well as an entry-level device. What do you think, friends?