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New Models Appear in Apple's Inventory System, Hint at iPhone 4S

Just days before Apple's big unveiling of the iPhone5, new identifiers have appeared in Apple's internal inventory system.

As 9to5 Mac (opens in new tab) reported this morning, four new SKUs raise more questions than answers for those impatiently waiting. Apple's new additions to its retail inventory could be very well related to a typical summer product refresh, delayed because of the preparations for the autumn's big release.

Two of the codenames clearly refer to an iPhone, as N90A. If we try to crack the cryptonym, we don't discover a code for a new line of iPhones, as N90 is the identifier for the iPhone 4, but with a twist. Some pundits are deducing, "A" could mean a new model that is an 8GB variation for entry level users. Or the new items could be black and white versions of a slightly tuned-up iPhone 4 (the rumoured iPhone 4S perhaps?) but this has not been confirmed yet.

Three new identifiers in Apple's inventory system refer to iPod touch models. The codename N81A, could hide a white version of the existing iPod touch models. N81 points to a fourth generation iPod, with the same storage capability of 8 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB - while "A" could indicate from now on the string of white models. Again, no hint of a completely fresh iPod touch with 3G data, as rumoured.

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.