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Apple iPhone 5 To Be Preceded By iPhone 4S?

MacRumors recently got their hands on a research note from an analyst named Ming-Chi Kuo from Concord Securities, which may dampen a few people's expectations over Apple's upcoming iPhone.

Ming-Chi Kuo claims that manufacturers will receive the Gold Master version of iOS 5 in the last week of September, which makes plausible the October release of the iPhone 5. But, if we take a closer look at the details Kuo provided, we realise that this could be the so-called iPhone 4S and not the "revolutionary" iPhone 5, which everybody is waiting for.

The specifications for the envisioned iPhone by the analyst are:

  • 512 MB of RAM, provided by the A5 chip which is now utilised in the iPad 2
  • Camera module's height could be the same as in iPhone 4, meaning that the next iPhone or the 4S version will not be much thinner than the iPhone 4
  • 3.5-inch display; if Kuo's note has a grain of truth in it, then this could be the biggest factor that indicates the next iPhone will actually be the 4S and not the 5
  • Glass front and back; Kuo is suggesting that Apple may keep its basic design as in iPhone 4

A similar report on the iPhone 5 suggesting only minor upgrades alongside the integration of the A5 chip was published by Apple Insider back in April.

Will Apple risk launching a "4S" version instead of releasing a totally new iPhone 5 that could put its opponents back in their place and reclaim the title of the best (although still most popular) smartphone in the world?

Radu is the founder of, and has worked as a freelance writer for ITProPortal, as well as having been blogging around since 2004. He is interested in anything Apple as well as gaming and mobile applications.