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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