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Is the Apple iPhone N94 the template for the entry-level Apple iPhone 4S?

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Is the Apple iPhone N94 the template for the entry-level Apple iPhone 4S?
With code numbers and names and prototypes that never come close to looking like the final produced unit, you never know when you run across something that might end up being the next, oh, Apple iPhone 4S. The rumored entry-level  iPhone could end up looking like these pictures of a prototype called the N94. Engadget obtained these pictures from uBreakiFix. Based on the mark placed at the bottom of the unit, according to Engadget, this prototype has gone through the "Engineering Verification Test" (EVT) on March 3, 2011.

Images of the Apple iPhone N94 prototype

Images of the Apple iPhone N94 prototype

Of course, in the fast paced world of smartphone production, the 6 months that have since elapsed is a lifetime which means that there could be design changes. Engadget's tipsters say that as of June-July, the N94 did not get to the "Design Verification Test" stage. The N97, described by the Wall Street Journal as being a "tiny iPhone", did make it to the DVT stage in June putting it ahead of the N94. The N97 has had bugs in the technology that switches the phone between specific frequencies, but that probably has been fixed since then. Considering that Sony CEO Sir Howard Stringer told the Wall Street Journal back in April that his firm is providing camera modules to Apple as we reported, these shooters could be ending up on the N97 which could very well be the entry-level Apple iPhone 4S.

source: Engadget




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posted on 29 Aug 2011, 13:36 6

1. quakan (Posts: 1080; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)


Just put it on the market already

posted on 29 Aug 2011, 13:46 7

2. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5286; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Ha! This is going right according to the product release playbook at Apple. Every time there was a new release of the iPhone, the month before release saw intense rumors. Check the rumor sites archives if you don't believe me. Expect September to be filled with iPhone rumors. When the phone is officially released, the market will have been sufficiently frothed and they will probably sell a million units before the first week end is out.

posted on 29 Aug 2011, 14:26 4

5. shafboy (Posts: 179; Member since: 26 Sep 2010)


Very true, but its a technique that works!

posted on 29 Aug 2011, 14:52 1

7. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5286; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


I did not say the churning/frothing of the market by Apple didn't work. I was posting that we are now in the hyper-rumor period and that more should be expected. There are at least 3 Apple/iPhone-related articles that have been put up on PA within the last 48 hours, and PA isn't exactly one of the larger Apple rumor sites.

posted on 29 Aug 2011, 14:51 4

6. Lucas777 (Posts: 2121; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


yup... its a great marketing technique but apple barely needs to do anything anymore--the press does all but everything

posted on 29 Aug 2011, 14:54 1

8. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5286; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Um, Apple is most certainly feeding the rumors. The press provides a willing partner to the churning/frothing activity as they get their eyeball count metrics headed northward. It is all very incestuous....

posted on 29 Aug 2011, 21:54 1

21. Lucas777 (Posts: 2121; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


i don't think apple can feed that many rumors... if they were doing all of them something dud have leaked saying they were--there are way to many for them to start them all..

posted on 29 Aug 2011, 17:11 1

14. wumberpeb (Posts: 406; Member since: 14 Mar 2011)


The press does everything except put the customer IN the store

posted on 29 Aug 2011, 18:53

16. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5286; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


An argument could be made that stories about supply constraints could make potential customers buy before they might have otherwise bought in fear of not being able to get the product if supplies become constrained.... :-) It is all about churning the market.

posted on 29 Aug 2011, 13:56

3. jthiagesan (Posts: 104; Member since: 20 Apr 2011)


Is this screen bigger than iphone4?

posted on 29 Aug 2011, 15:13 3

10. Corpsemaker (Posts: 63; Member since: 10 Jul 2010)


If it is bigger, it is barely bigger.

posted on 29 Aug 2011, 14:11 3

4. pixieshine2 (Posts: 1; Member since: 29 Aug 2011)


no way!, I don't want! IPHONE 4S cuz I want IPHONE 4 OR 5 ON 4G not 3G, i won't buy for it! thanks for offer

posted on 29 Aug 2011, 15:00 2

9. Allday28 (Posts: 273; Member since: 19 Nov 2010)


So based on the rumors maybe this is the phone that is gonna have the 3.5"-3.7" Screen. I really hope so anyway..

posted on 29 Aug 2011, 16:05 3

11. christianqwerty (Posts: 460; Member since: 05 May 2011)


my grandparents, mom and dad have the iphone. they like the screen size it is right now. iphone 4in will please us phone addicts, but for the average iphone user, a 4.0-4.3 inch isnt appealing. they all make fun of my samsung focus 4in screen

posted on 29 Aug 2011, 16:17 1

12. Stuntman (Posts: 669; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)


Note to Apple: Do not call your phone the N97. It brings back too many bad memories of the Nokia N97.

posted on 29 Aug 2011, 19:18 1

19. quakan (Posts: 1080; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)


Hello sir,
We here at Apple would never do something that foolish as to name one of our devices like that. We have already written that note to ourselves years ago but thanks anyways.

Sincerely,
Tim Cook

posted on 29 Aug 2011, 17:06

13. Dolan (unregistered)


who cares about iphone 4,4s or whatever if is not 4g forget it...android it's way better,and also not even 4" scren hahahahaha

posted on 29 Aug 2011, 17:53

15. som (Posts: 768; Member since: 10 Nov 2009)


Spoiled Apple is trying to compete with Samsung go to hell rotten Apple.

posted on 29 Aug 2011, 18:59 1

17. readingthissh1t (Posts: 303; Member since: 20 Jul 2011)


cheap iphone is cheap

posted on 29 Aug 2011, 20:20

20. s (unregistered)


i dont know why but i thought this was a nokia article

posted on 29 Aug 2011, 22:06 1

22. JayRaj (Posts: 54; Member since: 31 Oct 2010)


N94 and N97! are we talking about Nokia phones here! :D

posted on 30 Aug 2011, 02:20 1

23. networkdood (Posts: 5552; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Nokia will be suing now.....

posted on 30 Aug 2011, 05:21 2

24. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


Hmm, Nokia should sue apple...
Iphone N97, i have heard that name before from a certain nokia phone...

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