9to5Mac claims that according to their source, the next iPhone will feature an all-new design, but Apple is testing the prototypes in iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S casing to prevent the new form factor from getting leaked.
Much like they did last year, Apple has internally seeded a prototype next-generation iPhone with the iPhone 4 design. The actual next-generation iPhone is specifically said to not include the iPhone 4/4S design, but Apple is testing these new devices in older casings to throw off leaks. The purpose of the prototype iPhone that we heard about is to test a variation of the “A5X” chip in an iPhone.
iPhone 4S is powered by Apple’s A5 system-on-chip and iPad 3 with Retina Display that was launched last month is powered by the new A5X system-on-chip. 9to5Mac believes that as the dual-core A5X SoC with quad-core graphics does not make sense for the next generation iPhone, Apple is testing a variant of the A5X chip.
Instead, the iPhone prototypes that we’re talking about have a variation of the A5X’s S5L8945X architecture. Like the A5X-powered iPad, these new iPhone prototypes are packing 1GB of RAM. This prototype is labeled N96 internally, but we’re not sure if this internal codename will carry over to the actual next-generation iPhone.
9to5Mac also reports that they have found references (“iPod5,1″) in iOS 5.1, which seems to suggest that Apple is working on the next generation iPod touch. As you may remember, Apple hasn’t updated iPod touch since September 2010. It only added a white model to the line up last year.
So it is quite possible that Apple will launch the next generation iPod touch alongside the sixth generation iPhone later this fall.