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Apple's 'N94' iPhone 4S Appears in Inventory Database

Yesterday, word surfaced that entries for revised iPhone 4 models had appeared in Apple's inventory database, but at the time there was no sign of new iPhone 4S or iPhone 5 models.


Back cover of iPhone 4S

9to5Mac now reports that entries for an iPhone identified as "N94" have indeed appeared in the database, courtesy of reliable source "Mr. X". The N94 iPhone has been the subject of numerous parts leaks that have revealed it to be iPhone 4-like in appearance, with the device having been rumored to be called the iPhone 4S.

With one of higher-end models of the N94 iPhone listed in the database with a model number of MD234, the developments may lend credence to a leaked photo of what was claimed to be a label for the white 16 GB iPhone 4S. That label, which surfaced on a Chinese forum yesterday, refers to the lower-end device as model number MD239.


That label, presuming it is genuine, also makes reference to both IMEI and MEID numbers, which would indicate that the device is indeed a world-mode phone capable of operating on GSM (IMEI number) and CDMA (MEID number) networks.

There continues to be no sign of the rumored redesigned iPhone 5 that has been the subject of much discussion since case designs based on a leaked design document began appearing several months ago.

Mr. X also indicates that Apple's iPod touch line may be seeing some price drops next week, at least in international markets. It is unknown exactly what price points the iPod touch will come in at in the United States, as it is unclear how much of the international price adjustment is due to currency fluctuation and how much might be due to an actual price cut.

The report suggests, however, that the entry-level 8 GB iPod touch could come in at $199 or below, down from its current $229 price point. The iPod touch is expected to see only very minor updates next week, with the addition of white models, improved ambient light sensors, and oleophobic coatings for the displays being the primary changes.

Related roundups: iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPod touch

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34 months ago
How big of a let down would it be if the new iphone was simply a speed bump and a better camera?

It would be so lame and far behind the competition. But... This seems to be the likely outcome.
Rating: 29 Positives
34 months ago
i5 is sounding more and more unlikely.....
:(
Rating: 15 Positives
34 months ago
We'll know in 5 days.
Rating: 15 Positives
34 months ago
Like I said, I'll be really surprised if this is not a big update, because Apple needs to stay ahead of the game before people jump ship. There will be a lot of switchers if they don't do a more significant upgrade.

I would be happy if it was like an upgrade from iPad 1 to iPad 2. Redesign, faster, etc. That's all they need to stay ahead of the game.
Rating: 14 Positives
34 months ago
It's been over a year... They didn't release a new phone in June/July this year.

I CAN'T believe the upgrade will be similar to that of the 3GS. Please no.

It would be ridiculous. Everyone is getting 4G and a bigger screen.
Rating: 14 Positives
34 months ago
It's a win-win for everyone!

Situation 1: Apple releases an iPhone 5.
- We all wait for release, and we have the glorious phone that we've all been wanting.

Situation 2: Apple releases only a 4S.
- We all go to ATT or Best Buy or wherever and get the Samsung Galaxy S2 on October 4th.

Can't really go wrong either way.

My prediction from weeks ago still stands. The 4S exists. But it is a world-mode iPhone 4 that will sell for $99 along with a brand new iPhone 5.
Rating: 14 Positives
34 months ago

When the initial disappointment wears off that we aren't getting a new design phone, people will realize they still have awesome phones when iOS 5 is up and running, whether its on an existing 4 or new 4s.


I feel that if this is the case, then Apple has their priorities completely wrong. The iPhone is worth half of Apple's business, and if the world's #1 tech company can't come up with a 4" retina display, and a new and ergonomic form factor (without glass), after a year and a half, then it's just pathetic.

I cannot believe how arrogant Apple would be to release just a spec-bumped iPhone 4. I honestly want the next iPhone to fail, I want Apple to get major competition for consumer smartphone experience. Maybe then they'll finally deliver..
Rating: 12 Positives
34 months ago
So Steve really resigned to avoid getting booed on stage when he unveiled the "iPhone 4s". :o
Rating: 11 Positives
34 months ago

LOL Thanks for the laugh. Ignoring your "America" centric view point, why would people all of a sudden switch platforms leaving behind their investment of apps, TV shows and movies?

Get real for a moment here. All platforms have a certain amount of stickiness once owners actually "buy" apps but Apple seems to have the biggest ecosystem to retain user loyalty.


I love Apple. I've had 3 of the 4 iPhones that exist, but I'm not going to just sit around and wait for them to make something awesome. If they release a 4S type of device, I'm going to go by the GS2 and use that until Apple gets their stuff together and decides to release something worth something. When that point comes, I'll sell my GS2 and wait till I have an early upgrade to get that iPhone.

I will always love Apple and their products, but I just need something new and different, and if they aren't going to give it to me, I know Samsung will.
Rating: 11 Positives
34 months ago

There's something I'm having trouble figuring out. And it's not specifically you, most people in this thread so far are guilty of it. What exactly is it about a redesigned outer shell that makes enough of a difference to influence whether you stick with the platform or jump ship? Whether it looks new or it looks like an iPhone 4, the internals and upgrades are bound to be nearly identical. Why is everyone putting so much weight on just the appearance of the phone?


Because the iPhone 4 is a flawed design? Due to the antennagate, glass breaking, proximity sensor issues, ergonomic issues, the fact that consumer report couldn't recommend it etc.? Because a 3.5" screen is too small for the current smartphone industry?

Even if the next iPhone looks similar to the iPhone 4, i just want a rounded edge, no glass, and a bigger screen, that will do for me.
Rating: 10 Positives

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