Apple fans might not be happy this year as the recent reports suggest that much hyped iPhone 5 will not be released, however Forbes analyst Peter Misek claim that instead of iPhone 5, Apple may release a revamped version of iPhone 4 named iPhone 4S. The refreshed touchscreen handset will come with some minor cosmetic changes and hardware enhancements.
Peter Misek states that:
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, Misek stated in a research note to investors. Misek also says that his sources confirm the iPhone's expansion to Sprint and T-Mobile, a move that will effectively make Apple's celebrated handset available on all four major carriers in the US. Apple's anticipated iPhone upgrade, however, isn't likely to include LTE functionality.
Industry checks indicate Apple will likely announce Sprint, T-Mobile, and China Mobile as new carriers. The iPhone 4S name hasn't been widely used to discuss the next-generation iPhone. But due to the now-obvious fact that next month's WWDC is all about iOS and not new hardware, it appears that the plan inside Apple is to release the slightly modified iPhone 4S this September.
This report backs the iPhone 4S rumors that have been floating around for quite sometime. As per initial rumors iPhone 4S will be an improved version of current iPhone 4 with features like A5 dual-core CPU and 8MP camera. The iPhone 4S will still be limited to the GSM Edge speeds for the T-Mobile users since AT&T and T-Mobile systems use different frequencies of 3G support.
Misek also reported that the iPhone 4S will not be supporting 4G LTE chipset for LTE networks as Apple was not quite happy with the Qualcomm's LTE chipset results. It seems Apple has scrapped the 4G chipset boards which could actually bring the 4G technology support in next version of iPhone. As of this year, Apple seems to be looking forward to iOS 5 as the major selling point along with possible hardware upgrades in iPhone 4. Also, Apple plans to bring China Mobile on the board as a major carrier to spread the business in the prepaid market as well. Let's see how things shape up in next couple of months, iOS 5 is definitely on the cards but whether next generation iPhones (4S/5) would be launched this year or not? only time will tell ;)Contact Us for News Tips, Corrections and Feedback