Deep inside the latest iTunes beta we find a sole new iPhone: The 4S. Picture: Apple Insider
A peek inside a configuration file inside the latest iTunes beta points to a new iPhone called the iPhone 4S. Whilst the lack of an iPhone 5 doesn’t discount another model, it looks increasingly likely that we’ll see an upgraded iPhone 4 rather than a whole new model.
And why not? The iPhone 4 continues to top smartphone sales, and is likely Apple’s most popular product ever. A faster chip, a little more RAM and maybe — just maybe — a better camera would be enough to keep it ahead of the competition for another year or so. It also explains why Apple bothered to launch the white iPhone so close to the end of the career of the iPhone 4.
The labels show up inside the Info.plist file in the MobileDevices bundle inside iTunes 10.5 beta 9. And take a closer look at the screen shot, taken by Apple Insider. Whilst there are two iPhone 4 models — GSM and CDMA — there is just one iPhone 4S, suggesting an all-in-one “world phone” with both radios inside. That this model still uses the CDMA iPhone icon for display inside iTunes further hints at visibly unchanged hardware.
There’s just over a day to go before we find out for sure, so the wait won’t be a long one. In the meantime, let’s place some bets. I say that the iPod Nano will get its buttons back, just like the Shuffle did last year. If you ever tried to use the new Nanos, you’ll know why.