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Apple’s iPhone 5 On Its Final Testing Phase, Will Launch This September?

There have been many speculations surrounding the release of the next iPhone which is why Apple has made it clear before the WWDC that they will be touching upon their software lineup and made no mention of a new hardware. But despite of the no-show of the next-gen iPhone at the WWDC, the rumor still persists that anytime soon, Apple will be announcing an iPhone launch this coming fall.

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According to a reliable source of 9to5Mac, the next iPhone is on its final testing phase and the source also indicated something interesting about the rumored Facetime video chat service through 3G:

The next generation iPhone has reached the final testing stage (aka “AP” stage [Thanks, Chronic!]) and is now being carried around by high level Apple and carrier executives.

Although this has been assumed since the no-iPhone-at-WWDC-rumors broke, the current plan is for a September launch for the next-generation iPhone.

Apple and Verizon have yet to strike a deal regarding FaceTime over 3G for the Verizon network. Keep in mind that 3G and 4G aren’t the same thing. < Don’t read into that too much. Or maybe do.

Apple and Verizon are still working out kinks regarding support for iOS 5?s over-the-air updates, which we broke the news about, so carrier support may or may not be delayed past fall 2011.

As we all know, Verizon has already been playing catch-up with AT&T ever since the former have been late with launching their version of the iPhone 4. If Apple and Verizon can't finalize this deal over FaceTime 3G, then it is likely that the next-gen iPhone will be delayed for the carrier or it won't have the FaceTime over 3G at all.
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In addition, 9to5Mac has been digging around the iOS 5.0 SDK and found some interesting bits that references "N94? and “N93", which are code names for the next upcoming models of the iPhone:

While snooping around the iOS 5.0 SDK we located references to “N94? and “N93.” These are internal code names for two unreleased iPhone models. As we have already told you, the N94 is an iPhone 4 with an A5 dual-core processor and it is likely the device that a small group of elite iOS app developers got their hands on in late April. The N93 is likely a carrier variation of the N94.

We aren’t too sure what this variation could be, as the only time a model number varied based on a carrier in iPhone history was with the iPhone 4: GSM is N90 and CDMA is N92. Verizon already leaked that the next iPhone features a GSM+CDMA chip, so perhaps the N93 or N94 is the Sprint model we told you about – or T-Mobile.

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If these codes are of any indication, it is highly likely that we will be seeing two iPhone models to be released this fall. Especially where there were some reports that Apple was considering to release two models of the next-gen iPhones.

But it is also possible that these two codes are referencing one iPhone, with two different carriers. Whichever it is, all we can do is to wait for the official announcement of Apple with regards to the next release of the iPhone.

We'll surely keep our eyes peeled for this one. [via 9to5Mac]

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