Forbes reports that according to Jefferies & Co. analyst Peter Misek claims that Apple’s next generation iPhone will be called iPhone 4S in a research note.
Misek claims that according to his sources, the fifth generation iPhone won’t feature an all-new design as many of you might have hoped, but will come with minor cosmetic changes, better cameras, faster dual-core A5 processor and HSPA+ support.
Misek writes in the research note:
According to our industry checks, the device should be called iPhone 4S and include minor cosmetic changes, better cameras, A5 dual-core processor, and HSPA+ support,” he writes in a research note.
He claims that Apple will also launch iPhone 4S on T-Mobile, Sprint and China Mobile’s network:
But he also says that “industry checks indicate Apple will likely announce Sprint, T-Mobile, and China Mobile as new carriers.
On the new carriers, he says Apple will announce distribution deals with Sprint and T-Mobile in time for the holidays. He also contends that China Mobile could be added in the next 12 months.
Misek also claims that iPhone 4S won’t support 4G LTE networks:
As for LTE, he says the Qualcomm LTE chipset Apple would have used “is currently not achieving yields sufficient for inclusion in the iPhone 5.” He says Apple had hoped to have the LTE chipsets ready, but was planning a version without LTE called iPhone 4S.
We’ve heard reports that Apple has already started seeding select iOS game developers with next iPhone prototypes based on the dual-core A5 system-on-ship, which powers iPad 2, with the source incidentally also calling it iPhone 4S. iPhone 5/iPhone 4S is expected to be released in September.
So far we’ve heard conflicting reports about next generation iPhone’s form factor. According to some reports, next generation iPhone will be completely redesigned and will look more like iPod Touch 4G rather than iPhone 4. While, some reports claim that fifth generation iPhone will come with improved specifications such as faster processor, 8-megapixel camera etc. just like iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS, but won’t feature an all-new design and will look like iPhone 4, in-line with Misek’s research note.
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