Let's get this out of the way first: We still don't think that the next iPhone is going to have LTE. But there have been a few rumors about Apple testing LTE tech on iPhones and in their retail stores, so it remains an outside possibility. More likely is that they're running a typically long product cycle and this is early testing for next generation.
And for what it's worth, a new round of 3rd party case analysis from MacRumors backs up ThisIsMyNext's earlier "teardrop" renders, and sizes the screen at a bigger-than-expected 4 inches. Yet somehow their rendering came out smaller than the cases we've already seen. Interesting.
We're also relatively certain it'll make the jump to an 8MP camera, improving on the iPhone 4's 5MP sensor, and should continue the iPhone's run as the best phone camera.
iPhone 4S Hardware Rumors
The iPhone 4S is the name the tech blogosphere has bestowed upon a less-than-hoped-for refresh of this year's iPhone, and more recently, a rumored budget-friendly 8GB iPhone 4. The best evidence that we've seen for this phone being a reality has come in the past few weeks, when leaked images of purported iPhone 5 (or 4S) parts have surfaced. Some of the model numbers and much of the design suggest an incremental refresh to the iPhone, and they are convincing (and numerous) enough to be taken seriously.
Launch Date Details
BGR has its hands on Best Buy docs that detail iPhone 5 pre-order and launch week information. According to the docs, leaked from an insider, preorders could begin as early as this week with an official launch slated for the first week in October. It should be noted that Best Buy also states in the slides that even these hazy date ranges are subject to change.
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