Next-Generation iPhone with LTE, NFC, and 1 GB RAM Reportedly Still in Engineering Testing

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Disputing a report from last weekend claiming that Apple has begun production on the next-generation iPhone, BGR now claims that the device is still in engineering testing and has yet to enter production.

    Claimed front panel from next-generation white iPhone
    The report also claims to have confirmed several hardware details on the forthcoming iPhone, including the unsurprising inclusion of LTE connectivity, a bump to 1 GB of RAM from the 512 MB found in the iPhone 4S, and near field communication (NFC) technology that could significantly enhance the utility of Apple's Passbook app for iOS 6 unveiled last month.

    Article Link: Next-Generation iPhone with LTE, NFC, and 1 GB RAM Reportedly Still in Engineering Testing
  2. spiderman0616 macrumors 68040


    Aug 1, 2010
    Does it need to be said? Yes.

  3. Baklava macrumors 6502a


    Feb 1, 2010
    With every leaked iPhone 5 front-panel photo I somehow like the new wider design more and more. :)
  4. jayhawk11 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 19, 2007
    Does it seriously need to be said? BGR is almost as unreliable as Digitimes. They've consistently been wrong about everything in the past 18 months.
  5. canyonblue737 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 10, 2005
  6. 3282868 macrumors 603

    Jan 8, 2009
    I don't know why I care so much, but NFC really has me excited.

    I can see the next iPhone "controversy": "You're paying for it wrong".

    Sorry, couldn't resist. :p
  7. rosalindavenue macrumors 6502a


    Dec 13, 2003
    Virginia, USA
    I upgraded to an iphone 4 the week it came out from Verizon. That was February 11. I didn't get a 4s. What is the thinking on a subsidized upgrade from Verizon on the iPhone 5? Will they make me wait to December/ February, or will they give me a subsidized upgrade at the time of release?
  8. basesloaded190 macrumors 68030


    Oct 16, 2007
    So all these parts could very well still be "dummy" parts as Apple could be testing everything inside a normal looking iPhone
  9. Mad Mac Maniac macrumors 601

    Mad Mac Maniac

    Oct 4, 2007
    A little bit of here and a little bit of there.
    LTE and 1GB I think are near certainties. Reports seem to indicate Apple is shying away from NFC, but I do hope it's included. It can be used for much more than just payments.
  10. NikeTalk macrumors 6502a

    Apr 5, 2010
    Meh, still not better than the "you know what"...:D
  11. tigress666 macrumors 68040

    Apr 14, 2010
    Washington State
    YES! Phone could use more RAM.
  12. One Bad Duck macrumors member

    One Bad Duck

    Sep 18, 2005

    The concept of merging my travel card, keys, wallet, mp3 player, loyalty cards, calendar, address book is pretty cool. Imagine getting into your house/car with your phone....
  13. adildacoolset, Jul 18, 2012
    Last edited: Jul 18, 2012

    adildacoolset macrumors 65816

    Sep 5, 2011
    Lusaka, Zambia(If you know where it is)
    When tim cook said he was "doubling down" on security, it means he may have been cracking down on sources of leaks. What better way than this? In the interview, he said that there's ONE screen size and ONE aspect ratio.

    So either it's tim cook who is trolling us, or the suppliers trolling tim cook by showing that they can leak when they want to.

    If it's the latter, I sure hope that this article is right and revise the aspect ratio.
  14. 3282868 macrumors 603

    Jan 8, 2009
    I believe that's what Apple has done in the past, placed new iPhone "guts" into current casings for certain Cupertino employees to test, no? Could be wrong.

    I remember the two incidents in which iPhone's were left in public places, last years being in a bar but the iPhone shell was current while the parts differed (this was [supposedly] when a complete redesign was in the works but shelved due to battery issues with LTE/GSM/CDMA chips and hardware leaving the backup 4S as a last ditch release).
  15. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
    Agreed. "Always On" on CNet showed a very useful video last week of how to use tags to automatically change settings on a phone when you are in a car, at the office, etc.
  16. Puevlo macrumors 6502a

    Oct 21, 2011
    I wouldn't be surprised if they actually reduced the RAM to 256 MB in order to increase the battery life.
  17. Big-TDI-Guy macrumors 68030


    Jan 11, 2007
    With NFC, Apple will literally allow you to shut up, while they take your money. ;)
  18. monkor macrumors regular

    May 25, 2012
    The LTE and NFC are long overdue, but that should be a nice addition. The 4 inch screen, even though I'm not completely sold that I'll like more height on the phone, should also look good. But 1 GB of RAM? If this report is true, that's just not enough and it's behind industry standard. My 4S gets bogged down if I don't close out apps (which I don't want to ever have to worry about). If these reports are true, I'm not convinced this phone is going to be a significant enough upgrade for me to not switch over to an Android 4.1 phone. I mean, a new Nexus is due in November; if this comes out in October then I'm just going to wait. Guaranteed updates and guaranteed better specs
  19. Chumburro2U macrumors 6502


    Sep 14, 2009
    I Love L.A.
  20. 3282868 macrumors 603

    Jan 8, 2009
    Would be fantastic, and it is a very secure tech. Time Warner and other company's use app's with their installed hardware for home security, would be nice to see this all incorporated.
  21. dwman macrumors 6502


    Nov 15, 2007
    San Francisco
    My contract for my iPhone 4 ends next Saturday. October can't get here soon enough. Eager to ride the speedy 4G's. :D
  22. Mad Mac Maniac macrumors 601

    Mad Mac Maniac

    Oct 4, 2007
    A little bit of here and a little bit of there.
    I wonder how much longer we're going to be seeing posts like this...
  23. anti-microsoft macrumors 68000

    Dec 15, 2006
    Edinburgh, Scotland
    I am guessing that the metal on the back is there for a reason, NFC. It makes sense, combined with Passbook, NFC will be the defining feature of the new iPhone.
  24. goodcow macrumors 6502a

    Aug 4, 2007
    1GB of RAM would be weak, they should just suck it up and include 2GB.
  25. jasonxneo macrumors regular


    Sep 7, 2010
    Ozone Park, New York
    2gb of RAM is for the iphone 5s :p

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