All those conflicting reports about the next generation iPhone’s form factor has probably just been put to rest with less than 3 days to go for the Let’s Talk iPhone event and surprisingly it is Apple who has accidentally leaked the details.
AppleInsider has discovered references of iPhone 4S in the latest beta version of iTunes.
AppleInsider reports that they’ve discovered references of iPhone 4S in the Info.plist file of the MobileDevices bundle (as you can see in the screenshot below) that was included with iTunes 10.5 Beta 9, which was released on Friday.
Specifically, device preferences for Item 7 and Item 8 in the Info.plist file describe a black and white iPhone 4S whose display icons (below) depict models that look identical to the existing black and white CDMA iPhone 4 introduced earlier this year.
The descriptions in the Info.plist file also seem to indicate that iPhone 4S will be a dual-mode or world phone, which means it will work on both CDMA and GSM networks.
As you can see below, the image icon used for iPhone 4S is the same as the CDMA iPhone 4, which suggests that Apple’s new iPhone will look like CDMA iPhone 4 and won’t feature an all new-design as some reports had suggested.
Apple had briefly pulled iTunes beta 9 but it is not immediately clear if Apple had pulled it due to the leak and has made any changes to the latest iTunes build. It would probably be pointless and in fact counter productive at this stage.
It is possible that the image is only a placeholder, but based on information we’ve been hearing the chances of a redesigned iPhone 5 seem slim. It looks like Apple is gearing up to launch the next iPhone that will come with a faster dual core A5 system-on-chip, 1 GB RAM, 8 megapixel camera and works on both GSM and CDMA networks.
Would you be disappointed if the next iPhone looks like the CDMA iPhone 4?[via AppleInsider]