Last Weekend Before iPhone 5 (or 4S) Announcement Rumor Roundup

We’re almost down to the wire, but here’s a sampler of last-minute rumors and commentary making the round of the blogosphere this last weekend before Tim Cook reveals all on Tuesday.

iPhone 4S With iPhone 4 Design, Dual-mode Capability, Leaked by iTunes

9To5Mac’s Mark Gurman says he’s independently been expecting the new iPhone to feature few exterior differences from the iPhone 4, but as of Saturday, rumors of a re-design can essentially be put to rest. Howcum? He reports that Inside the latest iTunes beta is specific mention of the “iPhone 4S,” complete with an an image — of a CDMA iPhone 4.

While conceding the possibility that Apple is cannily using the CDMA iPhone 4 as a placeholder image until the new iPhone is announced, Gurman says he’s “fairly confident” that the iPhone 4S will use the CDMA iPhone 4 form factor, but with a dual-core A5 processor, an eight megapixel camera, 1GB of RAM, Nuance-based speech-to-text Dictation, and the Assistant feature Apple acquired by purchasing of Siri.

All You Ever Wanted To Know About The … iPhone 4S

The French English-language Apple-watcher Website HardMac’s Lionel, commenting on another 9To5Mac report, predicts that iPhone 4S will be available with a black or white enclosure, 16 or 32 GB of storage space, and will support both GSM formats as well as CDMA. Lionel also hedges his bets a bit, saying that while he thinks it is highly unlikely, another iPhone model (5 or entry level model) could also be unveiled at Apple’s “Let’s Talk iPhone” special event this week.

More iPhone 4S Predictions

Over at CNET Crave U.K., Tom Davenport also notes that it’s being strongly rumored that there won’t be an iPhone 5 at all this time, but an iPhone 4S, although whatever the new phone is called, he’s pretty certain it will pack a dual-core A5 processor, a better camera, possibly with 8 megapixels, and maybe an improved flash, plus voice recognition synergized with the iPhone’s GPS chip and Assistant connected to the online supercomputer Wolfram Alpha.

Next iPhone LIkely To Be Offered In 64GB, 32GB, and 16GB Capacities

Another 9To5Mac report from Mark Gurman says he’s now hearing that the new iPhone will be available in three storage capacities, including a new 64GB versions of the new iPhone, we would say it’s fairly likely that Apple’s new iPhone will come in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB capacities; just like the iPad, although he hedges that it’s also plausible that the new iPhone could well also come in 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB capacities,

What Will Apple’s Next iPhone Look Like? — Still A Closely-Guarded Secret Staffer Josh Visser has posted a long, thoughtful piece on Saturday predicting that the new iPhone will launch a million tweets, inflate Apple’s monster stock price, and have sensible people lining up at stores at un-sensible times.

Visser notes that what the new iPhone will physically look like remains it’s most closely-guarded aspect, but there appears to be growing consensus on what will reside under the skin — expected to include dual 1.2 Ghz A5 processors, one gigabyte (GB) of RAM, an eight-megapixel camera, and an Assistant voice-control system that will allow users to go hands-free to an extent no other smartphone has offered to date, and come preloaded with Apple’s new iOS 5 operating system with more than 200 new features including an answer to BlackBerry’s popular BBM messaging system.

iPhone 5 to support 21Mb/s HSPA+ not LTE — Apple’s Chinese iPhone Service Partner Exec. Lets Cat Out Of Bag

he Register’s Tony Smith reports that a China Unicom exec. let it slip that the iPhone 5 — or, at least, the 2011 edition of the Apple handset whatever it’s ultimately called – will support HSPA+ 3G technology with download speeds of up to 21Mb/s, will support LTE ’4G’ technology.

Smith notes that at the Macworld Asia show, a rep. from the Chinese telco, which is Apple’s iPhone partner in China flashed up a slide showing the evolution of the iPhone as a data device.


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