More Revealed About the Mysterious iPhone ‘N94’ Prototype

More Revealed About the Mysterious iPhone ‘N94’ Prototype

It’s widely believed that Apple will unveil two iPhone models at once at its next event. One model has been dubbed the ‘iPhone 4s’ while the other device is rumored to be the iPhone 5. The 4S will supposedly be a cheaper, re-tooled version of the iPhone 4, while the iPhone 5 will consist of noticeable upgrades, like a faster processor and better camera.

The iPhone 4S is supposedly codenamed the ‘N94’ prototype internally at Apple, and the newly-released iOS 5 beta 7 gives some more details about the mysterious device.

Signs of the N94 and N95 prototypes were uncovered initially in an earlier iOS 5 beta, and MacRumors has uncovered another reference to the N94 (iPhone 4S) in beta 7.

“One of the new files we’ve been tipped off about included in the latest update is called RegulatoryInfo-N94AP@2x~iphone.png, showing the regulatory data for the N94 iPhone as viewed through Settings > General > About > Regulatory on the device.

According to the new file, the unreleased N94 iPhone has been assigned a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) ID of BCG-E2430A. This compares to the BCG-E2380A identifier on the GSM iPhone 4 and the BCG-E2422A identifier on the CDMA iPhone 4.”

The N94 possessing its own FCC ID very much supports its legitimacy as an upcoming Apple device. MacRumors notes that the device has yet to show up in the FCC’s database, but that’s common for an unreleased product.

The iPhone N94 prototype looks to be a device very similar to the iPhone 4. Rumors say that it will have an A5 processor, and it will most likely be enabled to run on both CDMA and GSM networks.

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  • prof_peabody

    This makes no sense at all.  You talk about the “N94″ and the “iPhone 4s” being one and the same thing as if you actually have some info to that effect when in fact you have none.  No one knows what the new iPhone is going to be called and no one knows (or possibly can know) that it’s one and the same with “N94.”

    “N94″ and “N95″ are pretty clearly references to the next iPhones coming out, but there’s no way to know if either, or both of them will actually see the light of day.  Such references have been discovered before and the device simply never materialised.  

    Also, the argument that the FCC ID means that the release is imminent makes no sense in light of the fact that previous iPhones have been released/announced *without* the FCC ID being announced previous to their release in this manner.  This would in fact be the first time, if true. 

    Finally, if the FCC ID has been announced for a device (either N94 or N95, because you don’t really know which), then it suggests that only *one* device is being released and that the other is *not* being released.  

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