While many of us are expecting the fifth generation iPhone to feature a dual-core Apple A5 chip and possibly an improved camera, a report has recently hit the Web affirming that the “iPhone 4S” will be a GSM-CDMA hybrid, which will be based on the CDMA iPhone 4.
The news comes from MacOtakara, who claims that the fifth generation iPhone will have GSM and CDMA functionality, and a SIM card slot “for countries except United States.” The report also claims that the handset will feature a smaller FaceTime camera hole and a “more narrow front receiver slit.”
Apple is continually striving to make its iOS devices thinner and lighter. One way the company could do this would be to eradicate or reduce the size of the handset’s SIM card. Currently, the company’s CDMA iPhone is SIM-free, however GSM models do require a micro-SIM card.
Previously, we’d heard that Apple was planning on introducing a new, smaller SIM card in the near future. However, if MacOtakara‘s “sources” are to be believed, Apple could end up releasing a SIM-free iPhone in North America, and a handset with a smaller SIM card in countries around the world.
Obviously, this is all speculation – nothing has been confirmed by Apple, and we don’t know for sure if the company will even release a new iPhone handset this year.
We’ll keep you posted. In the meantime, feel free to let us know your thoughts in the comments.
[via Apple Insider]