With rumors of an ‘iPhone 4S‘ device heating up, it’s also developed into a general consensus that Apple will release not one, but two iPhone models in the coming months.

One of these devices is expected to be an incremental design and hardware upgrade from the iPhone 4, and feature an edge-to-edge screen with a slimmer and lighter overall build. Apple is reportedly testing this next gen iPhone model in iPhone 4 enclosures for secrecy, in the same way that the company tested the iPhone 4 in a 3GS casing…

When an Apple product is this close to launch, the device’s engineers and some of Apple’s most trusted employees and high level execs field test the device. If you recall, the iPhone 4 has infamously uncovered at a bar outside of Apple’s Cupertino headquarters because an engineer accidentally left his field test unit at the bar.

Apple is supposedly testing their next gen device in the same fashion (minus the bar visits), and new iPhone prototypes are being placed in iPhone 4 enclosures to assure anonymity.

This is my next reports,

“Simply put, as the iPhone 5 components are built for a smaller and lighter device, they can be easily fit into a casing which for all intents and purposes looks identical to an iPhone 4… and that’s exactly what Apple has been doing. Our sources tell us that the company has been testing the new components in old iPhone cases, for obvious reasons. Some of those reports we’ve heard about a larger screen for the old design would make sense too, as a slight tweak of the size (say, to a 3.7-inch display), would be barely noticeable to the eye, but obvious in internal component design. So if you’ve been wondering why the rumors about the iPhone 4S rose to such a din, now you know.”

It doesn’t really make sense for Apple to totally abandon the iPhone 4’s design, when the product is still selling well and turning out profit. 2012’s iPhone 6 will most likely be the revolutionary redesign from Apple that we’ve come to expect every couple of years. This year looks to be only an evolutionary update.

How do you feel about this news? Will you be holding out for next year’s iPhone model, or will you be jumping on the 2011 bandwagon with whatever Apple announces in September?

[Cult of Mac]

  • fojam

    i dont know if i like it…

  • Jenn

    Well… I am a happy 3GS user. I had plans to get i5 all year and keep waiting month after month for the arrival. Now that there is word of a 2012 model, I am slightly discouraged. I do not appreciate businesses that make 2 devices at the same time for two years. Makes the phone for this year just seem like a waste of $. For me to purchase i5, it would have to be one charming iDevice for me to use for as little as 12 months.

    • Jason

      co sign.

    • Jasper

      It takes more then a year to do a complete redesign.

  • EM240

    I can compar the feeling of having the best devise on the market to some of the best feelings in the world. I love my ip4 but I’m tech hungry and I need more now, so I’m definitly getting the next best thing. Speed speed speed.

  • AT0M!X

    The big screen make the iPhone a little weird i think…

    • Mick

      +1 .. I’m not keen at all on an edge to edge screen, just doesn’t look right.

      • EM240

        You guys must not use your phones enough bc if you did you would definitly appreciate a little more screen space to work and play on especially if the phone stays the same size or thinner.

  • DeltaJB

    they have always done it, for eg, on the apple store you can buy a 3gs or an iphone 4,
    same in sept their will be a iphone 4s (the small low end market one) and an iphone 5

    they did the same with the 3gs n 4,,

    except this time itll be 2 new devices!
    i heard their useing a 1800mhz dule core cpu in the iphone 5 instead the A5 anyone know if this is true? apple dont like dule core i tought?

    • Thebarber

      They’re in all the Mac products. No?

  • Mcsteven

    I will always be sporting the newest iPhone. No matter what they come out with will be better than the last. I like to have the best product out there.

    That’s why I’ll never use an android toy phone.

  • Mcsteven

    I will always be sporting the newest iPhone. No matter what they come out with will be better than the last. I like to have the best product out there.

    That’s why I’ll only use apple phones.

  • David

    I currently own an iPhone 3G coz my last phone a Nokia N97 broke partly due to me 😀 so I bought a used one if eBay, I had to JB it coz it was locked so I will be definitely getting the new iPhone as my contract runs out this December so it’s perfect timing for me 😀 couldnt be happier.

  • Jordan

    I don’t know what I’m going to do. Right now I’m on an annoying phone and I only have a second gen iPod touch. I want to get an iPhone this September but I don’t know if I’m better off waiting until next year or not.

    • Isaac

      It doesnt matter when will you buy it. With apple you always have a guarantee of good performance and great user experience. I have an iPod touch 2nd G and an iPad 2 and they both rock. Even If you would buy an iPhone 4 right now it would be a great phone above any other…

  • babe

    Well if apple put it on samsung galaxy s2 will be charged, so Steve put it on iPhone 4. Hohoho

  • Jimbo Jones

    If they make the screen edge-to-edge, I think it will be by reducing the overall size of the phone, and not increasing the screen size. If they make the screen bigger, then they lose their precious “retina display”, as the DPI will be reduced.

    I would bet that Apple already did their market research on screen size, and nailed it with the iPhone 2G, with plans all the way back then to create a “retina display” when the hardware was up to it.

    I know this is not high up in the rumour mill, but my bet is glasses free 3D – with an iOS 5.1 update to really support a 3D springboard. If Apple really are a couple of years ahead of the game, they know 3D displays are the next important milestone.

  • mwpitt52

    I think one big factor for AT&T customers will be if a discounted phone will be offered to customers that bought iPhone 4 last July. The average person will not update if you have to buy phone at full price.

  • DeltaJB

    I doubt it as they have alot more competion these days, sure it’s set that almost 18% of AT&T iPhone users went to verison