After the next generation iPhone was a no-show at Apple’s WWDC conference last week, the previous reports of an iPhone release in September gained more credibility. Now, according to some Apple intelligence from 9to5Mac, the next iPhone has reached final testing stages (or “AP” stage) with high-level Apple and carrier executives.

All signs point towards Apple being on track for a September release of the next iPhone, but some problems with Verizon could restrict FaceTime over 3G on the carrier’s CDMA network.

The next gen iPhone has been rumored to be a ‘global device’ capable of running on both GSM and CDMA networks, but it looks like there will be some inconsistencies with the iPhone’s feature set from carrier to carrier.

9to5Mac,

“Apple and Verizon have yet to strike a deal regarding FaceTime over 3G for the Verizon network. Keep in mind that 3G and 4G aren’t the same thing. < Don’t read into that too much. Or maybe do.

Apple and Verizon are still working out kinks regarding support for iOS 5′s over-the-air updates, which we broke the news about, so carrier support may or may not be delayed past fall 2011.”

FaceTime over 3G and OTA updates seem to have Verizon and Apple at odds with one another, so there’s a chance that the next iPhone could have limited carrier support in the U.S.

9to5Mac did some digging in the iOS 5 SDK and found some interesting code that references the next iPhone,

“While snooping around the iOS 5.0 SDK we located references to “N94″ and “N93.” These are internal code names for two unreleased iPhone models. As we have already told you, the N94 is an iPhone 4 with an A5 dual-core processor and it is likely the device that a small group of elite iOS app developers got their hands on in late April. The N93 is likely a carrier variation of the N94.

We aren’t too sure what this variation could be, as the only time a model number varied based on a carrier in iPhone history was with the iPhone 4: GSM is N90 and CDMA is N92. Verizon already leaked that the next iPhone features a GSM+CDMA chip, so perhaps the N93 or N94 is the Sprintmodel we told you about – or T-Mobile.”

If these “N94″ and N93” code strings are to be believed, it looks like we could be seeing two iPhones released this fall, instead of just one. Keep in mind that iDB exclusively reported that Apple was considering two iPhone models at once for the next generation release.

These two stings could be referencing the same iPhone with a different carrier variation, or they could be referencing the rumored iPhone Nano that we all keep hearing about. Either way, it looks like there will be more to September’s announcement than just one new iPhone. Then again, we could be wrong.

What do you think?

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  • William

    i simply can’t keep up with the yearly release of a new iPhone and the early termination fee from AT&T. So this year i won’t upgrade.

    • It’s Me

      The price and the timeframe for updates is a joke tbh, it’s been said that the advancement in technology and peoples demand for new devices has meant prices will go down as they become cheaper to make but I would bet my left nut on any new iPhone costing an absolute fortune.

      • It’s Me

        £500 in the UK sim free plus your 12 months network, whoever you go with makes it around £650 at the cheapest and then to have to buy a new 1 12 months on, ermmmm I think not, does Apple not know the world is in a recession, well most of it lol

      • Getz

        As long as people are willing to pay for it the price will never go down.

  • c0esx

    It will be released with the new iOS 5. Their is no way in he’ll apple will releas iOS 5 without the iPhone 5

  • monkers

    People will buy it, especially 3GS users who are probably in the “right” place as far as contracts go. I still love my IPhone 4 BUT it doesn’t have the same importance in my life as the old one did. I think I need a major revision to be swayed. A slightly better camera and the like just doesn’t cut it imho. Need it to be my laptop now with projector keyboard and the like.

  • Jon Garrett

    There was no new iPhone this summer because it would have been inferior to current dual core Android phones. Apple had no choice but to wait until this fall which by then should see either faster dual core Android phones or quad core Android phones.

    Android phones have way too many to choose from and way too many features to be ignored and apple fans need to realize this fact. apple can no longer dazzle the masses every summer with so-so phone with a few little iOS tweaks.

    There’s a reason why Apple was the leader and has lost that place to Android (and barely beats RIM).

  • Applefanboy

    Ha ha all theses apple haters make me laugh android sucks big time yes there’s loads off android fones and there all rubbish iOS is just the best os ever how many updates a year does android get um so what you’ve got flash no biggie apple rocks and will always rock if you hate apple why are you comment on a apple tech page @john

  • I love my ip4 to much I’m gonna miss this ip5 and wait to see what the 4g model will be like in 2012 🙂

  • Johnny B

    Since I’m on a family plan. My wife got my old 3gs when I upgraded to the 4, and now this year I will use her upgrade to get the 5/4s and then she will get my 4. Then when next year rolls around I will get the 4g model and she will get my 5/4s