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Apple iPhone 5 Being Beta Tested By AT&T?

Sources within the AT&T Mobility division have apparently confirmed that they have been testing the Apple iPhone 5 handset since the 6th of July, as the countdown to the launch of the iPhone 4 follow up continues.

Chiphazard's claims haven't been independently verified and therefore need to be taken with a big pinch of salt. Mobile phone operators are normally given handsets several weeks before their official release dates to iron out any potential issues and to tweak/customise the devices for their customers. The handsets that have apparently been handed to the testing teams are pre-release versions rather than the end product.

The iPhone 5 is expected to be either a radically different version or a just-good-enough improvement depending on whom you talk to. According to some reports, it is expected to come with a dual core system on chip (the A5, which is based on the Cortex A9), 1GB RAM, iOS 5, a bigger screen (with a higher resolution to maintain Retina Display) and a thinner design that makes full use of the new battery technology introduced in the iPad 2.

Others claim that the next iPhone 5 will stick to the same form factor as the current iPhone 4 and will feature minor internal modifications to keep up with the competition.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.