'iPhone 4S' Coming in September With Sprint and T-Mobile Support?

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Forbes reports on a new research note from Jeffries & Co. analyst Peter Misek claiming that Apple's next-generation iPhone will be a relatively minor revamp known as the "iPhone 4S" and will debut in September. Misek also claims that Apple will be expanding carrier availability in the U.S. to include Sprint and T-Mobile by the end of the year, with China Mobile also reportedly coming on board.
    The "iPhone 4S" name first gained publicity last month in claims that Apple has been providing select high-level iOS developers with souped-up iPhone 4 devices, with the source citing an unofficial name of "iPhone 4S" for the device.

    Misek's report goes on to note that the next-generation iPhone is not likely to bring compatibility with faster LTE 4G networks rolling out in some markets, as the required chipsets from Qualcomm are not yet available in quantity to support the inclusion of the technology.
    The claim regarding a lack of LTE compatibility in the next-generation iPhone fits with earlier reports that the required chipsets won't be available to make their way into handsets until 2012.

    Article Link: 'iPhone 4S' Coming in September With Sprint and T-Mobile Support?
  2. macrumors regular

    Dec 13, 2003
    It's entirely possible Apple gave the game developers the newer chip, but none of the other features, including physical differences. This makes the most sense as that way developers have access to everything they need, but Apple doesn't have to risk the developers leaking other information.
  3. macrumors 601


    Aug 31, 2009
    in a New York State of mind
    I'd be interested to see if Sprint and/or T-Mobile's unlimited pricing would change with the inclusion of the iPhone. Or will they just up their rates as the big 2 have done, or even take away unlimited.
  4. macrumors 65816

    Jan 8, 2009
    No larger screen, no 4G, no 64 GB. :rolleyes: The Samsung Galaxy S 2 is looking sweeter and sweeter.

  5. macrumors 6502a


    Apr 27, 2010
    Im ok with that
    As long as there is a 64GB Model
  6. macrumors 68000


    Jun 23, 2009
  7. macrumors 68000

    Aug 11, 2008
    No 4G?
    Great, now we get to listen to the fandroid crowd for another year about LTE even if their phone gets 4 hour batter life.
  8. macrumors regular

    Jan 30, 2011
    Houston, Tx
    Go for it, no one is holding you back...but yourself
  9. macrumors newbie

    Sep 1, 2010
  10. macrumors 6502a


    Apr 27, 2008
    I would be happy with that too, but I doubt it will happen.
  11. ckd
    macrumors member

    Mar 12, 2009
    If the GSM (or dual-mode CDMA/GSM) version is available factory-unlocked in the US, I'm there. If not, time for another Canada trip....
  12. macrumors 65816

    Jan 8, 2009
    I don't buy the "4GS" name. Once they committed to the generation numbering system, the next one pretty much has to be iPhone 5. Otherwise they'd have to go 4GS -> 6, which would be very un-Apple like to skip a number, as it will bring mass confusion amongst the non-techy Apple-ites.

  13. macrumors regular

    Jan 30, 2011
    Houston, Tx
    Makes sense. But if apple would maintain a consistent naming convention, then we would be on iPad1S.
  14. macrumors 68040

    Apr 6, 2007
    If it was the other way round you can bet the 'fapple' crowd would be all over the fandroids...grow up buddy ;)
  15. macrumors 65816

    Jan 8, 2009
    Well, except the fact that it's not available in the USA yet AND the fact that I don't REALLY know what the next iPhone will have yet.:rolleyes:

  16. macrumors 6502a

    Apr 10, 2011
    iPhone on Sprint?! I don't have to switch carriers next May just to get an iPhone 5? Oh happy day!
  17. macrumors regular

    Jun 11, 2009
    Did they go from 3GS to iPhone 5? No.
  18. macrumors newbie

    Nov 20, 2010
    Good point, because to be hoesnt the only real change for the ipad 2 was the CPU and a little thinner, would make sense fo apple to call it the ipad 1s. but if the design is the same they may call it iphone 4s because its only going to be a cpu upgrade....
  19. macrumors 65816

    Jan 8, 2009
    No, because at the time of the 3GS they were not committed to generation numbers. That happened FIRST with the iPhone 4 and the iPad 2. Now they are stuck with it. Which is good because it makes the most sense and is the least confusiing to consumers.

  20. macrumors 6502

    Jun 23, 2010
  21. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 9, 2010
    Sooo... am I missing something... or did Apple do 3G > 3Gs > 4 ?

    What would stop them doing 4 > 4s > 5?

    I don't think it'll be 4Gs... as well... it's not 4G... that's where the G came from for the 3.
  22. macrumors member

    May 25, 2010
    There is no "4GS", it's just "4S" and S obviously stands for speed. It makes perfect sense, it is just a faster improved iPhone 4... granted it's taking them WAY too long to update it.
  23. macrumors member

    Jul 26, 2008
    I don't think 4G was ever going to happen this time round, this is a global device, 4G isn't prevalent enough yet (they haven't even sold the spectrum in the UK yet).
  24. macrumors 6502a

    Apr 20, 2009
    Brooklyn, NYC
    Am I the only one that's mostly anticipating iOS 5 more than anything else? :eek:

    I honestly don't care (as much) for the physical changes. Bring a better notification system is all I'm asking for. If the speed difference is significant, I'll upgrade as well. I just REALLY hope iOS 5 blows us all away.
  25. macrumors 65816


    Apr 7, 2008
    Flea Bottom, King's Landing
    If it lands on the Sprint network, any chance of Virgin Mobile reeling one in? $25 a month for unlimited everything on an iPhone would pretty much kill off android phones.

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