Apple Has Two 4G iPhone Prototypes for June Launch

There have been many rumors and leaks surfacing over the past few months leading up to the launch of the iPhone 4G. Well, there is another little snippet of info for fanboys, and this time it comes straight from the source.

In an interview with Digitimes, Apple’s senior analyst Ming-Chi Kuo revealed that Apple has two next generation iPhones in development; one of these phones being the iPhone 4 prototype whose pictures were released prematurely on Gizmodo, the other being a less updated version to play backup to the latter.

“Apple actually has another product codenamed N91 for the project, which offers less change from previous iPhones compared with the N90,” says the senior analyst. “It’s a parallel product to back up the N90 in case there are major delays due to significant modifications in casing, display resolution, digital camera support and so forth.”

If our mad counting skills are correct, 90 comes before 91 which causes us to wonder if the N91 model is the more upgraded model after all; if that is the case maybe there are still some surprises in store for us at launch time.

Kuo explained why the AMOLED display panels were never implemented into the design of the 4G iPhone (an early incorrect claim of re resolution) apart from the cost factor.

“Apple had spoken with Samsung Mobile Display (SMD) about the possibility for AMOLED panels since the development of the iPhone 3GS, but production capacity remains a big issue. SMD only has the capability to fulfill 50-60% of iPhone orders at the moment even if it dedicated all AMOLED capacity to Apple, ” said Kuo.

Kuo also gave a shout out to future iPhone generations:

“Apple has been planning the iPhone 4G since the end of 2008, so it wouldn’t surprise me if the company already has more modifications or more advanced products planned for 2012 and beyond.”

Source: Digitimes, 9to5Mac

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