With iPhone 4S and Apple iPhone 5 rumors running rampant ahead of Apple’s Oct. 4 press release it appears that some sort of confirmation was discovered over the weekend.
According to code used in the iTunes 10.5 beta 9 release the iPhone 4S will feature dual mode functionality. The code shows that unlike the current iPhone 4 which is broken up into CDMA and GSM versions along with color options the iPhone 4S is only broken up into color codes, making it a likely candidate for GSM/CMDA dual-mode status.
The move wouldn’t be all that surprising since Apple has said in the past that they would much rather sell one model to all carriers than break the devices up into CDMA and GSM only variants. By producing one device the company can save on production costs while providing their Verizon and Sprint CDMA iPhone customers with a device that is traveler friendly outside of the United States (most carriers around the world use GSM technology).
After the code was revealed Apple quickly pulled the iTunes beta 9 version, a likely confirmation that the iPhone 4S does in fact exist and carry with it dual-mode capabilities.
Unfortunately no confirmation of the device’s other capabilities or info about the iPhone 5 were discovered alongside dual-mode status.
It will be interesting to see what Apple reveals when they roll out their new products on Oct. 4. In the meantime Apple iPhone 4S and iPhone 5 rumors continue to surface almost daily.
If you like to travel would having a truly “world” capable iPhone on Sprint or Verizon make for a better experience for your needs?
In the meantime here’s another piece of code grabbed from the iTunes beta software which shows a new Apple model number, likely for the iPhone 4S: