Though the chances of a redesigned iPhone 5 appear to be slim, over the weekend we’ve seen reports of iPhone 5 listing showing up in Radio Shack’s inventory system and even on Cincinnati Bell’s website – a dominant telephone company for Cincinnati, Ohio, and its nearby suburbs in the U.S. states of Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky, in case you haven’t heard of them.
Arnold Kim of MacRumors writes:
In several of their accessory pages, Vodafone.de now lists several new iPhone models under compatibility requirements. The new models include (note weiß and schwarz translate to white and black):
– iPhone 4 Black (8GB)
– iPhone 4 White (8GB)
– iPhone 4S White (16GB, 32GB, 64GB)
– iPhone 4S Black (16GB, 32GB, 64GB)
This particular composited screenshot (above) comes from the iPhone 4 BumperVodafone shop page which claims compatibility with all these devices. But even the Elgato TV receiver lists the same models with no “iPhone 5” in sight.
Based on the evidence discovered over the weekend, it is widely speculated that Apple will launch iPhone 4S rather than a redesigned iPhone 5 along with a cheaper 8GB iPhone as the new entry level iPhone, replacing iPhone 3GS. iPhone 4S is expected to feature Apple’s faster dual-core A5 system on chip, 1GB RAM, improved 8-megapixel camera and Apple’s new revolutionary Assistant feature and come in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB storage capacities.
Is the listing another sign that a redesigned iPhone 5 is unlikely? Nop, it could very well be that someone who manages Vodafone Germany’s website is doing a good job following the latest rumors and speculations. But if we were to set expectations, we would say don’t count on a redesigned iPhone 5, even though our heart wants a redesigned iPhone 5 just like you.