iPhone prototype N94 secretly passes the FCC, might come with a dual-mode CDMA/GSM chip

iPhone prototype N94 secretly passes the FCC, might come with a dual-mode CDMA/GSM chip
In the growing pile of next-gen iPhone rumors, the N94 prototype stands out be being the new entry hinting at the release of an iPhone 4S, a gradual update to the current iPhone 4. We first saw the device last week and it closely resembled the iPhone 4, but now it’s one step closer to getting released as it seems to have passed FCC certification under the ID BCG-E2430.

Why does this identifier looks credible? Looking back at previous iPhone releases, those have hit the regulator with IDs in a similar format like the BCG-E2380A for the GSM version of the iPhoen 4 and the BCG-E2422A tag for the CDMA-based iPhone 4.

The ID code was found in the latest iOS 5 Beta 7 release.  Going to Settings -> About -> Regulatory, there was an image file named Regulatoryinfo-N94AP@2X~iphone.png. Interestingly, the iPhone 4 came with two such numbers, one for CDMA and another for GSM. Having just one ID might mean that the handset will come with a chip supporting both modes.

The actual listing hasn’t yet appeared on FCC's website, but that’s probably due to confidentiality as such information is sometimes released only after the launch of a device. The N94 is running on an A5 chip and mimics the iPhone 4 in pretty much every other way. Could it become a cheaper, slightly upgraded version of the handset coming along with a more powerful iPhone 5? Only time can tell.


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11 Comments

1. PhoneLuver

Posts: 481; Member since: Jul 05, 2010

Meh. If it is I won't buy it! I think the time has come to release the phone. You can only hold people in suspense for so long before they lose interest!

2. Phullofphil

Posts: 1822; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

Well sir I am sure they want to release the phone as soon as possible but it's huge numbers we are talking about

3. PhoneLuver

Posts: 481; Member since: Jul 05, 2010

Waiting is what killed the HP touchpad. By the time it was available it was outdated and surpassed by competitors. From the looks of it, it doesn't even look like a worthwhile update. I'll most probably hang on to my iPhone 4 while I explore a different OS. IOS is getting extremely boring!

4. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

I recomend you explore bada and the wave 3 : ) with bada you never get bored, there is lots of personalization options with bada : )

5. PhoneLuver

Posts: 481; Member since: Jul 05, 2010

I have and I am sorry to say, it sucks. It's nothing but a replacement for Symbian. While it's not bad for for feature phones, it has a FAR way to go before you can call it a smartphone OS. Bada 2.0 is a step in the right direction, but I seriously doubt it will ever come close to Android, IOS or WP7Mango. It just wasn't designed to do that!

6. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

And what is it that you believe is not a smartphone OS with bada ??? Bada is a smartphone OS, that can do more than bothg IOS and WP7. bada has, multitasking, voice recognition, lots of apps, HTML 5 + flash lite, file manager + more. bada has everything to be called a smartphone OS. If you give it a try, or have a look at the wave 3 videos, you will see that bada in fact is a really good smartphone OS.

9. zuno gyakusatsu

Posts: 257; Member since: Mar 16, 2010

bada looks like how android would be if it were put on a dumbphone.

8. Yeeee

Posts: 190; Member since: Aug 02, 2011

Ive seen bada its basically the 2008 version of android but made worse

12. daniel_bargs

Posts: 325; Member since: Nov 27, 2010

i want apps, not personalization.

7. M0nkeyBr

Posts: 77; Member since: Jul 13, 2011

Stop precisely leaking things and release it

10. Droid unregistered

For f**k sakes symbian not a real OS jesus ios doesnt even have real multitasking but you consider it a smartphone just because it looks good. A smartphone OS is more too it then looks

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