iPhone 5 Enters Final Testing Stage, Sources Say

It appears that the launch of the iPhone 5 is not far off since the smartphone has reportedly reached the final testing stage and top Apple and carrier executives are already using it, a source told 9To5 Mac.

Most people are expecting the smartphone to be launched in September, which would certainly mean its on track. Meanwhile Verizon, who cannot offer FaceTime support over 3G for iOS 5 yet, are still hoping, in collaboration with Apple, to enable OTA update support for the new iOS by this autumn.

Speaking of iOS 5, reference to “N94” and “N93” iPhone models have been discovered in the software development kit of the new iOS. N94 is likely an iPhone 4 powered by a dual-core A5 processor which Apple sent to some developers in April for testing. The other codename, N93 probably refers to an N94 version especially designed for carriers.

A similar coding was used for the iPhone 4, when the GSM compatible iPhone was codenamed N90 and the CDMA version was called N92.

The iOS SDK also revealed that the upcoming iPhone 5 will integrate the same 5MP camera used in the iPhone 4. This information is a bit disappointing since recent reports claimed Apple would embed an 8MP camera on its next-gen iPhone.

Let's just hope that the 8MP camera rumour is true and Apple simply forgot to update its SKD.