Apple Leaks Its Own ‘iPhone 4S’ in iTunes Beta

Who needs leaks from third-party case makers and “upstream supply chains” when Apple is quite happy to provide its own? If you have any doubt that an iPhone 4S will be announced on Tuesday, then this should just about convince you.

In Apple’s recent iTunes betas, the Cupertino company has left behind a reference for its upcoming iPhone, labeled the ‘iPhone 4S’. The device features the same icon as the existing CDMA iPhone 4 — the one with the redesigned antenna released for Verizon — but is thought to be a ‘dual-mode’ device that is compatible with both CDMA and GSM networks.

Apple currently lists four different models of the iPhone 4 within iTunes, including the black CDMA model, white CDMA model, black GSM model, and the white GSM model. The fact that there’s only two versions of the iPhone 4S (black & white), suggests that it will be compatible with both networks.

The accompanying icon could simply be a placeholder until Apple updates iTunes with an image of the real iPhone 4S, but the device is expected to look identical to the iPhone 4 anyway. Recent rumors have also suggested the device will boast Apple’s latest dual-core A5 processor, 1GB of RAM, a new GPU, an 8-megapixel camera, and Nuance speech-to-text technology.

This seemingly confirms that Apple’s next iPhone will be called the iPhone 4S, but will an iPhone 5 accompany it? What do you think?

- Posted using from my iPad

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