Apple sending iPhone 4S models to select developers

Mark Gurman over at 9TO5Mac is reporting that Apple is sending out iPhone 4S models to a few select developers, however, it is unclear if this is a new phone or just a slightly revised iPhone 4 utilising the iPad 2's A5 processor. The article mentions information found in the iOS 4 SDK which contains code to support the A5 and reports that the operating system found on this prototype is a "version of iOS 4 that supports the next-generation hardware."

One of the reasons for Apple to use the A5 over the A4 is the level of gaming functionality. It is reported to be over nine times the capacity as seen in the iPad 2 and surpasses many other competing devices. Additionally 9TO5Mac has heard that "Apple is going to push this gaming performance and speed as one of the next-generation iPhone’s major marketing points."

It is already known that the iPhone 5 will feature this technology but this latest news, which comes from person named 'iPhone 4S', makes us question whether or not Apple may be considering releasing a 4S model of their popular iPhone series. These prototypes may just be a models for developers to help them get ready for the new phone, which Neowin reported might be available in September.

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It looks like you guys missed the part of that news article that says the phone stays locked up in a safe at Apple Headquarters when not in use which means that it is only being tested internally at Apple Headquarters and is not being sent out to no one who doesn't work 4 Apple at Apple Headquarters in California! Just FYI! If you are a home user, you can forget about trying to get one of these devices any time soon. Also Just FYI.

Does anyone remember the engadget lost iPhone 4 fiasco where the prototype iPhone 4 was found in an iPhone 3 case (case not housing)? This article sounds like Apple have gone a step further.

Lunfai said,
... wait I've found a youtube video displaying a new iPhone 4 (like device) leaked. It has a new multitasking interface. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wg-gfF3Pryc This could be the device this article is talking about.

That actually looks like an early version of iOS 4, not a future version. The folder interface for example is less polished than the released version, and I think some of those icons are old.

Look at the volume buttons and the camera lense border, this looks like an iPhone 4 prototype.

Stetson said,

That actually looks like an early version of iOS 4, not a future version. The folder interface for example is less polished than the released version, and I think some of those icons are old.

Look at the volume buttons and the camera lense border, this looks like an iPhone 4 prototype.

You got there first lol.

Aergan said,

Not unless they actually add 4G network support (which I doubt).

But haven't you heard, the US already has "4G" networks.

Shock Doc said,
Surely it will be called iPhone 4GS

"The device itself is virtually identical to the iPhone 4, and there is no way anyone can tell it's not an iPhone 4 based on the phone's exterior.

The person who chose to share this information with us calls it the ‘iPhone 4S'"

chAos972 said,
But haven't you heard, the US already has "4G" networks.

You still have to have 4G hardware though, which the iPhone doesn't and probably won't.

Shock Doc said,
Surely it will be called iPhone 4GS

The iPhone 4S isn't a real name anyway, but still why would it be the 4GS? The 3GS wasn't the 3[GS], it was the 3G[S].

Stetson said,

The iPhone 4S isn't a real name anyway, but still why would it be the 4GS? The 3GS wasn't the 3[GS], it was the 3G[S].

Because the iPhone 3GS name came from iPhone 3G which was named 3G because it introduced 3G to iPhone, it was not the third generation iPhone...it was the second generation. The S in 3GS means speed and was the revision of the iPhone 3G model.

They call the fourth iPhone - iPhone 4, because it's the fourth iPhone and they did not name it iPhone 4G as that would be misleading obviously. So to call it the iPhone 4GS...would be dumb. If the phone featured 4G then they'd call it the iPhone 4G...

Can't always follow Wikipedia there bud. HSPA and LTE in it's current form are officially 4G in terms of speed even. 4G was supposed to be 1Gbps over WWAN connections but that's basically impossible for a looooong time to come so they decided that HSPA+14.4Mpbs and up is classified as 4G.

Sionic Ion said,

Because the iPhone 3GS name came from iPhone 3G which was named 3G because it introduced 3G to iPhone, it was not the third generation iPhone...it was the second generation. The S in 3GS means speed and was the revision of the iPhone 3G model.

They call the fourth iPhone - iPhone 4, because it's the fourth iPhone and they did not name it iPhone 4G as that would be misleading obviously. So to call it the iPhone 4GS...would be dumb. If the phone featured 4G then they'd call it the iPhone 4G...

Did you quote the wrong person?