Apple Holding Second, 3GS-Like Next-Generation iPhone in Reserve?

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001


    DigiTimes offers an interesting Q&A with one of its research analysts reporting several previously undisclosed details about the development of the fourth-generation iPhone expected to be introduced early next month at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference. One of the most interesting tidbits included in the report is a claim that Apple had a second next-generation iPhone under development that more closely resembles the iPhone 3GS, a phone which Apple has been keeping in reserve in case unforeseen difficulties with the more significantly redesigned versions seen floating around in prototypes forced Apple to fall back to manufacturing processes with which it is already familiar.
    In fact, it seems possible that there may even have been a third version of the next-generation iPhone floating around Apple's labs, as details found in the iPhone SDK 3.2 back in February revealed a device, presumed to be an iPhone, carrying an "N89" internal model number. The iPhone 3GS carries internal model number "N88".

    The report also claims that a Verizon-compatible iPhone scheduled to be produced by Pegatron instead of Apple's existing iPhone manufacturing partner Foxconn will not enter mass production until at least the second half of this year, if not 2011.
    Finally, the report notes that Apple did investigate the possible use of OLED screens in the next-generation iPhone, but ultimately decided against adopting the technology due to insufficient production capacity, cost, and performance issues.
    DigiTimes has had a spotty record in the past with a number of inaccurate product claims over the years, but does seem to have a better handle on the pulse of Apple's Asian suppliers and manufacturing partners than most other sources.

    Article Link: Apple Holding Second, 3GS-Like Next-Generation iPhone in Reserve?
  2. fiji13 macrumors member


    May 12, 2010
    Anchorage, AK
    Oh wow! This is a particularly interesting report....
  3. vijay007 macrumors regular

    May 17, 2007
    I don't want a 3GS-like looking new phone. Give me a new design!!!!
  4. treyjustice macrumors 65816


    Jun 14, 2009

    Very interesting. I hope they don't keep the same design. It is getting old and isn't strong enough for me. I've had to get 4 white 3GS's replaced because of stress fracture cracks along the top and bottom. New design seems sturdier!
  5. Will do good macrumors 6502a

    Will do good

    Mar 24, 2010
    Let's hope Apple have something different than the one we already saw and surprise us :)
  6. iPhone3GCrazed macrumors 6502


    Jul 10, 2008
    I'll be so pissed if we get a another 3G/3GS clone that they try to pass off as "next-generation."
  7. Crb macrumors member

    Jan 6, 2010
    I hope they don't revert back to the 3GS looks....Call me crazy but I actually prefer the new look to the old.
  8. Goldfrapp macrumors 601


    Jul 31, 2005
    It'd make more sense to label the re-designed iPhone as N91 and the back-up model as N90.
  9. Compile 'em all macrumors 601

    Compile 'em all

    Apr 6, 2005
    News Flash: Companies make several designs of a product before releasing one!
  10. huntercr macrumors 65816

    Jun 6, 2006
    I bet the 89 model will still happen

    Who wants to bet that the 89 model will still happen? It will become the "cheaper" model with an updated Apple A4 cpu but otherwise the same as the current 3GS. So the public will think it's the same, and for all extents and purposes it will be but the chip supplier will end up being different.
  11. marcfogel macrumors regular


    Oct 7, 2007
    With all the Android hype and "sexy" new devices, this would be the dumbest thing :apple: could do
  12. Jaro65 macrumors 68040


    Mar 27, 2009
    Seattle, WA
    I certainly hope that we get the newer design. It does look better than the original, plus I like the fact that it is using a ceramic material on the bottom side instead of a plastic.
  13. t0mat0 macrumors 603


    Aug 29, 2006
    Maybe Pegatron could do the smaller run Verizon iPhone with a dual GSM CDMA?
  14. MikeyPJ macrumors newbie

    May 26, 2010
    i want a green one

    but anyway they had best not release the old else will people know i have a better phone than them?
  15. cmaier macrumors G5

    Jul 25, 2007
    Seriously. Rumors are getting less and less interesting.
  16. quagmire macrumors 603


    Apr 19, 2004
    Agreed I like the redesign. I am not a fan of those seams, but I can live with them and the design overall is great. :)
  17. Bokito macrumors regular

    May 29, 2007
    Doesn't seem like we get an iPhone 4G, but an iPhone G4. Quite a few reasons: There isn't much 4G support around the world and Apple could use the year to further improve their 4G iPhone. Some competitors do have 4G phones, but Apple isn't likely to face heavy competition in the next few months while a lot of people will need to renew their contract. Next iPhone will be either iPhone G4 or A4, certainly not 4G.
  18. thevofl macrumors regular

    Aug 7, 2006
  19. wjlafrance macrumors 6502

    Dec 23, 2009
    Madison, WI
    The old iPhone is too bubble-shaped for my liking. The new one is slick.

    I'm not sure what the article is saying. If N90 crashes and burns, everyone returns it and gets a N91? I don't get it.

    Bad news on the Verizon front though. I was hoping for July/August.
  20. Cod3rror macrumors 68000


    Apr 18, 2010
    Add me to the list of people wanting the new design, it's awesome IMO, I love it's exact minimalistic industrial design, it's "squareness" and that it's very thin.
    Having the whole front(and back) as basically a screen is awesome, without being encased and surrounded with a bezel or anything else.

    All hail!

  21. JohnnyQuest macrumors 65816


    May 25, 2006
    I just want new hardware. The current design is tired. This would not be a smart move for Apple.
  22. Rocketman macrumors 603


    If you concatenate a wide range of rumors, what seems likely to me is 3 new iPhone families.

    AT&T and existing style world phone. Black and white, high and low capacity.

    Chinese variant.

    "Other carrier" variant which may offer voice capabilities for carriers such as Verizon, but even more likely will be a data only phone which uses VoIP for voice so it is carrier agnostic.

  23. KindredMAC macrumors 6502a


    Sep 23, 2003
    OMG!!! I just touched it, picked up a bone and clubbed the girl to death in the cubicle next to me!!!!!

  24. lionheartednyhc macrumors 65816


    Jul 13, 2009
    I called this a while ago. This is Steve's revenge phone. Because of the leak, no new design this year.

    Thank Gizmodo
  25. cvaldes macrumors 68040

    Dec 14, 2006
    somewhere else
    Frankly, I think DigiTimes' track record is too spotty for anyone to take this seriously.

    For entertainment purposes only, let's say that this rumor is based on a shred of truth.

    The new design might be a lower cost device based on the previous generation's technology and/or fewer features. Apple could be considering making an iPhone Lite (for lack of a better name), let's say an iPhone with no camera, no GPS, no compass, no 3G chip (GSM voice and WiFi data only), in essence an iPod touch with a GSM chip for calls.

    This second design wouldn't be a "backup" for the next-generation iPhone.

    The more plausible explanation is that the N89 design is simply a reworked, lower cost 3GS that will become the new entry-level model. For example, it could have an underclocked A4 processor.

    A CDMA iPhone at EVT probably means another six months before it hits store shelves. I doubt if Apple would try to rush it.

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