More information on the new iDevices Apple will announce on October 4 continues to leak from Apple’s internal inventory system, but unfortunately the data is still a confusing mish-mash of SKUs and guesswork.
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Yesterday we reported on what may be references to tweaked iPhone 4 models as well as a white iPod touch in Apple’s inventory system. Now, it appears that a different model reference has appeared, one for the N94 that was seen earlier in beta releases of iOS 5.
9to5mac is convinced that the earlier reference yesterday to a N81A refers to a tweaked iPhone 4, which could be a lower storage tier (8GB) iPhone 4.
Apple typically sells the prior year’s iPhone with a lower amount of storage than was previously offered when a new iPhone is release. An example would be this year, when the iPhone 3GS was sold with 8GB for $99, then $49, after the iPhone 4 was released.
Meanwhile, the N94 is believed to be the next-generation iPhone, with a dual-core A5 processor, just as the iPad 2 packs. It’s rumored to also upgrade the rear camera to 8MP, double the RAM to 1GB, and add Nuance Dictation speech-to-text, and the new Assistant feature.
It’s still unclear if we’re going to see an iPhone 4S or an iPhone 5. We’re leaning toward both, but with the Phone 4S really just being a tweaked iPhone 4, not including the A5 processor (as that would compete with the iPhone 5), but with some other tweaks, perhaps including the Verizon antenna band changes.
On the other hand, 9to5mac, while hedging its bets, believe it’s “possible” that the N94 will be an iPhone 4S. It bases that on a purported “iPhone 4S” packaging label they spied yesterday on a Chinese forum, as well as a model number similar to the newly leaked N94’s. However, 9to5mac said that they “definitely would not call that anywhere near confirmed.”
One other thing from that label: it lists both IMEI and MEID numbers. That indicates the device, if the label is valid, would have both GSM and CDMA capability. Of course, that’s something that’s been rumored for a long time, since the Verizon iPhone carried a Qualcomm chipset with both capabilities, and it would certainly make sense with a Sprint version about to be introduced.
9to5mac also believes the iPod touch will see across the board price cuts, although those for the 32GB and 64GB models will be small. Earlier rumors, however, indicated that the iPod touch will have a new feature: 3G connectivity, although we’d believe that even if that happened, there’d still be a wi-fi only version, just as with the iPad.
It’s possible the price drops will exist, but for the wi-fi only version only.
“It’s possible. We think. Unconfirmed.” Don’t you just hate this time of the year? None of this will be clear until October 4, at 11 a.m. or later PDT (since the Apple presentation starts at 10 a.m. And you can bet that no matter what, despite rumors that are flying in all directions, there will be a surprise somewhere.