Folks at MacPost.net have published photos, which they claim are images of the back cover of an iPhone N94 prototype. The part is also labeled “EVT 2” (Engineering Verification Testing) and is dated June 7, 2011.
At this point of the time, it is not clear if iPhone N94 prototype is iPhone 5 or iPhone 4S, which is rumored to be the cheaper version of iPhone 4 with 8GB storage that will be introduced along with the next generation iPhone or a modified version of iPhone 4 to test on T-Mobile’s network.
The codename ‘N94′ marked on cover clearly indicates that it is a fifth-generation iPhone part. The front cover, however, is labeled “EVT2″ (Engineering Verification Testing) with date ’07-June-2011′, marking it as early development prototype.
According to some speculations, the N94 codename is meant for the next generation iPhone. To get some perspective, the GSM iPhone 4 is codenamed N90, while the CDMA iPhone 4 is codenamed N92.
References to N94 were first discovered in iOS 4.3 SDK, which also revealed that it would support Apple’s A5 chip that currently powers iPad 2. Back in April, folks at BGR had published a photo of an iPhone 4 prototype working on T-Mobile’s 3G network, which was also codenamed N94.
If N94 turns out to be the next generation iPhone then it would mean that iPhone 5 won’t be a completely redesigned iPhone as the purported iPhone 5 case designs have suggested.
Would you upgrade or buy iPhone 5 if it is largely similar to iPhone 4 but comes with a faster A5 processor, improved 8-megapixel camera etc? Let us know in the comments.