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A leaked photo allegedly from AT&T's internal inventory system shows a new entry for a "iPhone 4s White" as the launch of Apple's next-generation iPhone nears.

Engadget received the screenshot of the carrier's internal system from a tipster, with the listing for the "iPhone 4s" beneath other iPhone models, such as the iPhone 3G and iPhone 4. The listing appears to be incomplete, however, as it does not list the storage capacity.

Also worth noting is the fact that the "s" is left uncapitalized, unlike the "G" in the "iPhone 3G 8GB Black" listing. While it's possible that the entry is simply a mistake, the photo is fueling speculation that Apple will release an iPhone 4S next month, possibly alongside the so-called iPhone 5.

The "iPhone 4S" moniker has been used by the media to refer to a rumored modest upgrade to Apple's existing iPhone 4 handset, similar to the difference between the iPhone 3G and the iPhone 3GS. In recent months, publications have taken to referring to Apple's upcoming fifth-generation smartphone as the "iPhone 5," and the rumored incremental revamp of the iPhone 4 as the "iPhone 4S."



Numerous reports have suggested that Apple will release two distinct versions of the iPhone in an attempt to break into the pre-paid market. Earlier this year, a bevy of reports from major media outlets claimed that Apple was hard at work on a cheaper iPhone, with some even suggesting that the new device would actually be smaller in size.

Meanwhile, reports on the iPhone 5 have emerged alongside separate rumors of the "iPhone 4S." According to one recent report, Apple will announce the new iPhone 5, which Apple engineers reportedly said will be "fairly different" from the iPhone 4, in "just weeks." The device is expected to feature the A5 processor and an 8-megapixel camera.

Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo told AppleInsider earlier this week that Apple is set to build 30 million next-generation iPhones with an improved antenna design by the end this year. Kuo pointed to a mid-October launch for the device, as he expects Apple to release the golden master of iOS 5 to assemblers during the week of Sept. 23.
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I am a pale face man. That means that I will enjoy this new phone. Lol.
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post #3 of 59
If the person making the entry into the system had actual information, why not list GB?
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no way apple releases a pre-paid iphone. apple is only in the premium market.

next thing you know they will sell apple stuff at wal mart and target
post #5 of 59
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If the person making the entry into the system had actual information, why not list GB?

Maybe it's only a placeholder for the future 'low cost' version of the iPhone 4, and they're not sure what its internal memory will be.
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It really looks like a fake. The product description is completely different than the others.
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Originally Posted by al_bundy View Post

no way apple releases a pre-paid iphone. apple is only in the premium market.

next thing you know they will sell apple stuff at wal mart and target

You mean like iPads, iPhones and iPods and iPod touch?
Oh, wait, they already do this.
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Originally Posted by Crimguy View Post

It really looks like a fake. The product description is completely different than the others.

"Completely" different?
It's exactly the same except for the size.
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no way apple releases a pre-paid iphone. apple is only in the premium market.

next thing you know they will sell apple stuff at wal mart and target

Or eastern Texas?
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post #10 of 59
A new iPhone 4ss is coming out. It will be sold with the new 2012 Chevy Camaro 2ss.
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post #11 of 59
What is interesting to me is that this listing appears to be for Apple only. Perhaps the 5 remaining on page 2 are:

iPhone 4s Black
iPhone 5 16GB White
iPhone 5 16GB Black
iPhone 5 32GB White
iPhone 5 32GB Black

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no way apple releases a pre-paid iphone. apple is only in the premium market.

Presumably this is a wind-up, right?

I have a PAYG iPhone 3G that I've had for three years...
post #13 of 59
"What is interesting to me is that this listing appears to be for Apple only. Perhaps the 5 remaining on page 2 are:

iPhone 4s Black
iPhone 5 16GB White
iPhone 5 16GB Black
iPhone 5 32GB White
iPhone 5 32GB Black"

No, because "iPhone 4s Black" would be listed before "iPhone 4s White" (alphabetically and based on the logic of the other listings shown)
post #14 of 59
I dunno. Smells fake. There may be such a product coming, but that doesn't mean the screenshot is genuine.

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"Completely" different?
It's exactly the same except for the size.

It is an inventory system...

There is only one 3GS on market but they list the gb for it.

Unless omg,the 4s has no on board storage! This is the biggest scoop ever

Or maybe it is fake or a place holder.. Awwww

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Anyone still thinking apple isn't going to make a prepaid or cheaper model is either being sarcastic or hasn't paid attention to apple's moves in the portable music player market.
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post #16 of 59
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Originally Posted by grandplan View Post

If the person making the entry into the system had actual information, why not list GB?

Why list the GB if there's only one model available?
post #17 of 59
any pre-paid iphone will be non-retina and most likely pre-A4 CPU. all the prepaid phones are crappy because to sell unlimited data you have to sell a phone that can barely use any data
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Why list the GB if there's only one model available?

Pretty astute. You are right. There wouldn't be different memory versions for 4S.
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Originally Posted by bigzaj View Post

What is interesting to me is that this listing appears to be for Apple only. Perhaps the 5 remaining on page 2 are:

iPhone 4s Black
iPhone 5 16GB White
iPhone 5 16GB Black
iPhone 5 32GB White
iPhone 5 32GB Black


You bring up a good point - why not show a screenshot showing "iPhone 5" entries? Unless the person who took the shot was not the same as the person bringing up this screen.
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Also worth noting is the fact that the "s" is left uncapitalized, unlike the "G" in the "iPhone 3G 8GB Black" listing.

indeed. never trust lower case letters or anything that is not in helvetica 12.
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What is interesting to me is that this listing appears to be for Apple only. Perhaps the 5 remaining on page 2 are:

iPhone 4s Black
iPhone 5 16GB White
iPhone 5 16GB Black
iPhone 5 32GB White
iPhone 5 32GB Black


Check the screen again. It is showing page 2. Items 11-16. The correct question would be, 'What are the 10 items on page 1?'

Anyway, it certainly seems like a prank I would pull if worked in inventory at AT&T. Mind you I would have used a capital S and a capacity.
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Check the screen again. It is showing page 2. Items 11-16. The correct question would be, 'What are the 10 items on page 1?'

Anyway, it certainly seems like a prank I would pull if worked in inventory at AT&T. Mind you I would have used a capital S and a capacity.

Without making a complete list, I'm guessing they are the iPads and the older iPhone models. This is a Customer Care screen, showing a pick list of what handsets the customer may be calling about. So, the first page has the iPads and then the iPhones. The iPads appear first, alphabetically. Something like that.

I loved Pooch's comment. I used capital letters in this reply, so you can believe me!
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We already know Apple doesn't tell their partners about new iPhone models and often they hear about it at the same time the rest of us do, so it seems to me this is probably a placeholder for what we all know is coming. The fact that it's listed as a 4S is probably more a reflection of expectations (as cultivated by sites like AppleInsider and MacRumors) than any inside knowledge of Apple's upcoming products.

IOW, a non-story as far as I'm concerned.
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Anyway, it certainly seems like a prank I would pull if worked in inventory at AT&T. Mind you I would have used a capital S and a capacity.

but remember, we're talking about an at&t employee here ... they may have more bars in more places, but they're awfully low bars.
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post #25 of 59
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Originally Posted by al_bundy View Post

no way apple releases a pre-paid iphone. apple is only in the premium market.

next thing you know they will sell apple stuff at wal mart and target

No Apple is in the Cell Phone Market. With an optimally priced iPhone they can crush the pre paid or contract free markets just like they have dominated the smart phone market.
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Ah, Pish Posh
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Originally Posted by inkswamp View Post

We already know Apple doesn't tell their partners about new iPhone models and often they hear about it at the same time the rest of us do, so it seems to me this is probably a placeholder for what we all know is coming. The fact that it's listed as a 4S is probably more a reflection of expectations (as cultivated by sites like AppleInsider and MacRumors) than any inside knowledge of Apple's upcoming products.

IOW, a non-story as far as I'm concerned.

^This
post #28 of 59
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Originally Posted by al_bundy View Post

any pre-paid iphone will be non-retina and most likely pre-A4 CPU. all the prepaid phones are crappy because to sell unlimited data you have to sell a phone that can barely use any data

But pre-paid iPhones have been around for years, including iPhone 4s! The pricing is naturally fairly extortionate. Pre-paid doesn't have to mean cheap. Many people are willing to buy an expensive phone but don't want to be tied into a contract.
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indeed. never trust lower case letters or anything that is not in helvetica 12.

Excellent advice. I need a t-shirt with that on it.
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indeed. never trust lower case letters or anything that is not in helvetica 12.

Nah, I'll go for Verdana 9. Or Skia if they keep posting this 'he said/she said' picture evidence of so-called iPhone 5 at this rate and nothing real comes out by October 15, I'm going to be really really S.I.C.K.
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Also worth noting is the fact that the "s" is left uncapitalized, unlike the "G" in the "iPhone 3G 8GB Black" listing. While it's possible that the entry is simply a mistake, the photo is fueling speculation that Apple will release an iPhone 4S next month, possibly alongside the so-called iPhone 5.

"iPhone 4s White"

Maybe it implies there are multiple iPhone 4s in white (as in the plural form)?
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Nah, I'll go for Verdana 9. Or Skia if they keep posting this 'he said/she said' picture evidence of so-called iPhone 5 at this rate and nothing real comes out by October 15, I'm going to be really really S.I.C.K.

I thought all of Apple's advertising used that Pallatino font? That's the one you can trust!
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post #33 of 59
if Apple releases only iPhone 4 with minor updates I am gonna fu...ing hate them for this!!! I have been for more than 5 months to buy an upgraded piece of s..t with the same screen ? No way. Maybe I like Apple products but I am not stupid to accept this stunt.
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Why would I want to upgrade if they will only put a faster processor? All my apps work just fine with the iPhone 4, so? Will they bring Crysis on iPhone and expect me to upgrade for that? I'm playing Crysis on desktop, thank you. And the 8 Megapixels camera... I don't care for that. So, Apple better bring something really cool if they want me to upgrade. Like at least a 4 inch screen!
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Ok this is the way i see it. Ming-chung is just a 12 year old fat chinese kid.
They will drop the 3gs and four aswel having only the two new phones available keeping
the 4s's look the same as the new ipooed and having a totally new iphone 5. but just how will they release all 3 products, all at once or one by one They are not going to have all of these options 4, 4s and 5,ipod 4 & 5 gen. Apple likes to keep there menu simple thats how a product stands out and people dont get confused, its either this or that otherwise go elseware. I bet each one of you out there can name at least 4-5 apple products because they stand out and how many of you sacrificed half the stuff on your phone when getting your first iphone but you still wanted one sooo bad and you know why because it stood out, yes its a very good marketing campaign they have. if they wanted they could probably sell dog shit to us and we'd buy it. But we have all got to agree that apple's products do kick ass.

So what i have seen over the last 5-6 months of iphone 5 rumours is a trail of 4s but this 5 bizzo
has not acually had much to go on. They (Apple) are doing a fantastic job at keeping this under wraps, it looks as though they are leaving these trails on purpose to lead every one off but to also get people hyped that something is in the works and it's gonna be big, why so secret? its such an emotional roller coaster for some hearing the good and then the bad and all the maybe's

It's quite funny though, look at what a stir these guys (apple) can make with something, that if you think about it don't really exist. Did anyone hear apple say there was new phone comming. haha amazing! and if the fat chinese kid is right well ill give him a pat on the belly.

My forecast is that the 5 will be off its freaken head 512 ram or not.

Thats just my 2 cents.
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Ok this is the way i see it. Ming-chung is just a 12 year old fat chinese kid.

No one can take you seriously now.
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post #37 of 59
why would they list an iPhone 3G and not the 3GS?
post #38 of 59
You guys realize he is being funny, right?

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no way apple releases a pre-paid iphone. apple is only in the premium market.

next thing you know they will sell apple stuff at wal mart and target
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You guys realize he is being funny, right?

I thought he was serious, haha.
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post #40 of 59
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Originally Posted by grandplan View Post

If the person making the entry into the system had actual information, why not list GB?

Because it is likely a placeholder put in based on rumor and not actual information.

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no way apple releases a pre-paid iphone. apple is only in the premium market.

Actually it's not Apple's call. The service plans are the carrier's choice. If they want to support prepaid, then they will and Apple will adjust if needed.

I have a friend that is using his prepaid Go phone sim in the old 3gs he bought from me when I replaced it and it works just fine. No unlock needed as it is an ATT sim, no jailbreak ever needed. He popped it in and was in business.

And it's not walmart you have to worry about. Once they go Prepaid, you'll be able to get your iPhone at the local 7-11 with a slurpie and a 2 for $2 corn dog special

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