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

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.

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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23 Comments

1. quakan

Posts: 1419; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

Just put it on the market already

2. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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.

5. shafboy

Posts: 179; Member since: Sep 26, 2010

Very true, but its a technique that works!

7. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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.

6. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

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

8. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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....

21. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 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..

14. wumberpeb

Posts: 453; Member since: Mar 14, 2011

The press does everything except put the customer IN the store

16. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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.

3. jthiagesan

Posts: 104; Member since: Apr 20, 2011

Is this screen bigger than iphone4?

10. Corpsemaker

Posts: 63; Member since: Jul 10, 2010

If it is bigger, it is barely bigger.

4. pixieshine2

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 29, 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

9. Allday28

Posts: 344; Member since: Nov 19, 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..

11. christianqwerty

Posts: 467; Member since: May 05, 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

12. Stuntman

Posts: 843; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

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

19. quakan

Posts: 1419; Member since: Mar 02, 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

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

15. som

Posts: 768; Member since: Nov 10, 2009

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

17. readingthissh1t

Posts: 303; Member since: Jul 20, 2011

cheap iphone is cheap

20. s unregistered

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

22. JayRaj

Posts: 54; Member since: Oct 31, 2010

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

23. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Nokia will be suing now.....

24. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

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

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