Some Developers Gifted With 'iPhone 4S' Prototypes to Test Software

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Recent rumors and leaks indicate that the iPhone 5 won't be significantly different from the iPhone 4, but it will have a faster processor, said to be the A5 currently shipping in the iPad 2. A new report indicates that some developers have been gifted with iPhone 4's with the A5 processor instead of the iPhone's currently shipping A4, so they can work on versions of their apps that take advantage of the improved processing power.

According to the report, these developers seem to be from gaming companies.   Just as with laptops and desktops, video games are among the apps that really give a computer a working over in terms of performance. The same applies to mobile apps.

The source says the device is basically an iPhone 4 with a faster processor, and says it has been dubbed the "iPhone 4S" in the office. That harkens back to the days of the iPhone 3G and 3GS. The device spends is put in a safe in the company’s offices at night, he added. Externally, it is identical to an iPhone 4.

As Apple has advertised WWDC 2011 as software-focused, it makes sense that it would want developers working with the latest processor ahead of that event. WWDC 2011 will focus on iOS 5 and Mac OS X 10.7.


To be clear, the iPhone 4S moniker is not official. This is also not an official iPhone 5; placing new internals in an iPhone 4 exterior (like Apple did when it went from 3G to 3GS) is not necessarily what is going to happen with the iPhone 5.

Although there's no indication that gaming companies have been the only ones gifted with an iPhone 4S, iOS 4 introduced GameCenter, and Apple has made clear it is taking gaming on iDevices very seriously.
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I love the artwork that was chosen for this article :) lucky for those developers I guess.

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AKwyn replied on Sat, Apr 23 2011 10:30 PM

OMFG, IPHONE4S WITH DUAL CORES AND 1GBS OF RAM.

ALSO 8MP CAMERA!!! :p

 

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Inspector replied on Sun, Apr 24 2011 12:41 AM

lol taylor.

So the iphone 4s is coming this year and the iphone5 the next or will it be this one??? :D

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It's good to know they are taking gmaing seriously. I'm sure the amount of money they are making in the app store has a little something to do with this decision. So what I got out of this article is that they plugged the new processor(that will be in the iphone5) into an old phone just for developers to test? And that it's not actually going to the masses?

Now you're just mashing it!

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AKwyn replied on Sun, Apr 24 2011 7:06 PM

@Drake_McNasty: Well there are rumors out there that the next iteration of the iPhone won't be radically different then it's predecessor. Maybe the iPhone 4S is the phone Apple is planning on releasing to the general public.

 

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OSunday replied on Mon, Apr 25 2011 1:30 AM

Apple purposely rapidly out-dates their products with small improvements, a bizarre marketing technique that is somehow remarkably successful.

I'm sure the next generation of iPhone, the 4S or 5 will be as rumored with a bump up in ram and processing power, and hopefully... maybe as the picture is hinting... Flash Support!? :O

All we can do is wait and see :)

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HHGrrl replied on Mon, Apr 25 2011 10:08 PM

"Apple purposely rapidly out-dates their products with small improvements, a bizarre marketing technique that is somehow remarkably successful."

This is one thing I've never understood about Apple - how they manage to convince people that a little improvement warrants ditching their old equipment and buying new (and costly!) devices. Still, ya gotta give it to 'em from a business perspective - this marketing has served Apple well and other companies haven't quite figured out how to replicate it!

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