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Budget iPhone 4S to launch with iPhone 5?

Will Apple spec up the iPhone 4 as a cheap alternative to its forthcoming hero phone

If the freshest batch of Apple-flavoured rumours are to be believed, October could see a new iPhone 4S handset launch to join, or replace, the iPhone 5. While we’re still gunning for a next-gen iPhone, the more details we hear about a potential ramped-up, budget iPhone 4 – likely called the iPhone 4S – the more we’re hoping this one’s a good ‘un. Here’s the evidence to date:

 

All White iPhone 4S

All White iPhone 4S

Screenshots of US network AT&T’s internal system, sent in to Engadget, show a white “iPhone 4s” listed alongside the existing iPhone 4 and iPhone 3G models. We don’t want to cause widespread panic but a listing for an iPhone 5 was nowhere to be seen.

iPhone 4S to get dual-core power

iPhone 4S to get dual-core power

Pandaxtech posted a bunch of supposedly leaked Apple images showing the innards of an iPhone to add to the speculation. The pics show an iPhone running on an A5 chip – the same chip that powers the the iPad 2 – meaning a dual-core iPhone 4S could be in the works.

Apple iPhone 4S versus the Android army

Apple iPhone 4S versus the Android army

It’s conjecture, but releasing an iPhone 4S would give Apple a slice of the mid-range smartphone pie that’s currently being gobbled up by the Android army. Samsung, HTC, LG and Motorola would all come within target range of a budget iPhone, and it may also help turn the hordes of teens currently using BlackBerrys. Apple has always served up its outgoing phone model as a budget option, so upping the specs and giving it a new name would help shift its inventory quicker. And make a few bucks in the process.

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