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Jun 13 2011   9:48AM GMT

Don’t Expect the iPhone 5 This Fall

Ed Hardy Ed Hardy Profile: Ed Hardy

As you’re probably well aware, Steve Jobs broke with tradition and didn’t unveil the next-generation iPhone at his company’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference last week. I’m sure this has left some of you wondering when the next version of Apple’s smartphone will be released. It’s coming in a few months, but it might not be what you expect.

Despite what was thought earlier in the year, the iPhone 4 apparently won’t be followed by the iPhone 5. Unconfirmed reports indicate that the iPhone 4S is going to be released this fall instead. This will be a moderately updated version of the current model, with a faster processor and (possibly) a better camera, but with the same general design.

Apple iPhone 5At least one analyst has gone out on a limb to predict that the iPhone 4S is going to be offered by not just AT&T and Verizon but also Sprint and T-Mobile. If true, it will make Apple’s smartphone much more competitive against the wide array of devices running Google’s Android OS.

Coming Next Year
At this point, just about all that’s known about the model that’s on the docket for 2012 is that it should include LTE, a 4G standard that both Verizon and AT&T are going to use. This device, which might or might not be called the iPhone 5, could also have a curved display.

When is this second upcoming device going to be released? It’s anyone’s guess.

Before anyone dismisses these reports just because Apple’s fifth smartphone won’t be called the iPhone 5, I should remind you that this company’s second smartphone was called the iPhone 3G. So far, it has had the iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, and iPhone 4 — clearly, Apple isn’t committed to a simple numbering scheme.

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