iPhone 4S Due in September with T-Mobile, Sprint, and China Mobile Support?
The next gen iPhone will be called “iPhone 4S” and will be released in September with an A5 dual-core CPU and improved cameras, according to an industry analyst cited by Forbes:
“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,”
Most of this information is nothing new, but this is the first time the device has been called “iPhone 4S” rather than iPhone 5. These claims also back up several rumors from earlier in the year that the next iPhone would be an incremental hardware upgrade and not feature any dramatic cosmetic changes.
Other interesting news out of the Forbes piece is that the iPhone will pick up some new carriers, notably Sprint and T-Mobile in the USA, in addition to the largest cell provider in the world, China Mobile.
“industry checks indicate Apple will likely announce Sprint, T-Mobile, and China Mobile as new carriers.”
Gaining access to China Mobile’s 600 million strong subscriber base could be a significant gain for Apple. China Mobile has a substantial offering of prepaid phones and SIM cards, and past reports indicate that Apple is interested in the prepaid market, although there is no certainty that these items are related.
For those wondering about LTE service in the new iPhone, the report indicates this won’t be happening this year due to issues with the required chipset. Instead, MacRumors notes that LTE likely won’t make it to the iPhone until 2012.
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This is obviously the ‘global phone’ everyone was talking about. I like the iPhone 4 body, but it would be nice to ditch the glass backplate!
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