Next ‘iPhone 4S’ to Have A5, Better Camera, HSPA+ Support?

A recent report from Jefferies & Co. analyst Peter Misek via Forbes claims the next ‘iPhone 5’ will only be a minor cosmetic upgrade with no significant changes. Likely to be named the ‘iPhone 4S’ (similar to the iPhone 3GS), a Fall launch for this device will feature the A5 dual-core processor (currently in the iPad 2), a better camera, and HSPA+ support, but no LTE.

“According to our industry checks, the device should be called iPhone 4S and include minor cosmetic changes, better cameras, A5 dual-core processor, and HSPA+ support,”

As for the lack of LTE, Misek claims the Qualcomm LTE chip is not good enough yet for the iPhone 5.

I previously mentioned why Apple doesn’t need to introduce a significant hardware upgrade to the iPhone 4. It’s still capable right now, but it’ll be interesting if Apple drops a ‘new’ iPhone at WWDC, optimized to run iOS 5. Apple mentioned at the end of their recent earnings call that LTE still has a way to go and Apple would be making any compromises.

We’ve embraced the iPhone 3GS, could the same happen for the iPhone 4S?

[Forbes – The Tech Trade]

Founder and Editor-in-Chief of iPhoneinCanada.ca. Follow me on Twitter, and @iPhoneinCanada, and on Google+.

  • If there is an iPhone 4S/5 in June I will get it.  My 3GS is getting a little long in the tooth and I REALLY want the retina display.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t think it will be called iPhone 4S … I believe the only reason the 3GS was called so because it was actually the third generation that’s why iPhone 4 is iPhone 4.

    I think the 3G was named that way only because it was a big step and they needed grab everyones attention. Now they have everyone’s attention so it can be chronological now … But of course I could be completely wrong 🙂

  • Anonymous

     Yea, I’d jump all over this since my 3G is getting stupidly annoying. And I’ll be off my contract soon so I can get Rogers Retentions to make things on my bill free. 😉

  • Anonymous

    the 3GS was only a minor facelift (internally only) to the 3G. it wouldn’t have been classified as a different generation than the 3G. when a car gets a mid-life refresh it’s still the same generation as the previous model. only a complete redesign is considered the next generation. so your theory according to that would be incorrect since the 3G was technically 2nd gen 😛

  • Anonymous

    if they release an update (4S) this year that includes the A5, im not sure thats the greatest idea.  they need to really bring the wow factor when the actual iphone 5 (i.e. next redesign) comes out. the dual-core is likely going to be a major selling feature (the more power the better, even if the general consumer won’t utilize even a fraction of it).im not sure what they can bring to the table to wow everyone (other than NFC) in the redeisgned model. fact is even NFC will need at least 5 years to take off (if not more) and become usable. look at the VISA Chip cards, all switched over, yet not alot of stores (at least not in toronto) have that technology, and its been out for years already…so im not sure witht he next mode that would either be a major selling feature…..if i were them id upgrade the camera (maybe add a facetime flash led), move the antenna to the top on gsm models (or create a unified CDMA/GSM phone, and leave the A5 for next model.

  • Anonymous

    Your comparison with the phone to cars is flawed … Take a BMW the chassi number was E46 but the model number was 325 … That stayed the same throug the faclift and to the new chassi E90

  • Anonymous

    for starters, BMW is not the norm. other than during the bangle era, their models have essentially looked exactly alike. really only that changed was interior (albeit not all that much), and exterior lines (and likely the handling from the different updated chassis)….secondly, when the current 3 series got the “minor facelift” they changed the way the taillights were arranged, front headlghts got nicer halo’s, and the newer “improved” iDrive system was put inside. that model (much like the 3GS), was still the same “generation” as the previous one (much liek the 3G)…..looking at the new 5 series (post bangle), there really isnt all that dramatic discernable exterior styling changes from the 5 series pre-bangle.

    look at any other car…..also, changing the platform of the vehicle doesnt imply a new generation. Nissan for example develops a single platform for alot of their vehicles and rarely changes it unless it needs/wants to. those chassis flow over into the facelifts, AND into completely new generations…(see altima).

    furthermore, sharing a chassis with a previous generation doesnt mean anything. im sure the iphone 4 shares some of the same internals as both the 3g and 3gs.

  • RjPiston

     Ive still got a 3gs, and im eligible for an upgrade next month. If iOS5 doesnt bring the wow factor then i gotta switch to the android camp and grab a galaxy S2. Its not even out yet and its already better then any of the rumors of the iphone 4S/5

  • Sebster

    Ditto here, I doubt the next iteration of the iPhone will match the Galaxy SII. That’s the replacement for my 3GS.

  • Kakarot

    I have the samsung galaxy s II running on rogers, it is an amazing device…. bought it from the UK.  I am very tired of small screens and a lack of flash…. this is the best phone I have used to date, coming from the 3g, 3gs and iphone 4.  After the fail of a launch… aka white iphone…. why delay the 4gs/4s until the fall… to sell more phones you say, lame.  

  • RjPiston

     If you don’t mind me asking, how much did it cost you?

    I bought the first gen iphone from the states for $550 cdn, dont think ill be able to shell that much cash out for the galaxy, so im just gonna wait till it comes out on rogers and use my upgrade to buy it. 

    and like you, the small screen isnt doing it for me, and the fact that i can only use the absolutely terrible itunes to do anything with my iphone is making the decision for me to switch over to android.

  • Anonymous

    /still waiting for the iPhone 6

  •  so many people upgraded at iP4 launch, Unless its people coming over from Android or BB i can’t see many people bothering. Lots of 3g adopters waited till iP4, especially here in Canada where most of use are stuck in 3 year contracts instead of going over to 3gs

  • Hooper

     I don’t care about any of those enhancements HOWEVER I do want a 64gb capacity option available for the next iPhone.  32gb is NOT enough space!

  • Anonymous

    I see your point … But I still think they will continue chronologically … How would you classify the ipad2? It wasn’t that big of an upgrade … Kind of in between a big and a small

  • Anonymous

    Really? That’s it? Have to do better than that Apple.

    I’m more excited for iOS 5, than I am for the next iPhone. The A4 can still handle a lot of things you throw at it.

  • Anonymous

    Really? That’s it? Have to do better than that Apple.

    I’m more excited for iOS 5, than I am for the next iPhone. The A4 can still handle a lot of things you throw at it.

  • Anonymous

    Predictable.

  • MrAnonymous

     Not much has changed from the original iOS, other than multitasking, cut & past, background wall-paper,  and a few other “tweaks”.  It has the same old GUI from 2007, and it’s beginning to look very dated.  There better be some major visual improvements in iOS 5 instead of the same old crap.

  • MrAnonymous

    It’s being delayed because it’s still in development.  They learned from the iPhone 4 (Antennagate) not to rush out a product until it’s fully tested and ready for launch.  I’d rather wait a few months for a polished product, than have a rushed release and have to deal with problems because of the dorks who could wait.

  • MrAnonymous

     …that’s ‘couldn’t wait’.

  • MrAnonymous

     Only 64GB?  That’s still way too small.  I want 128 or 256GB.

  • Jack_the_ripper

    The ‘S’ on the title iPhone 3GS simply stands for “speed” as Steve Jobs stated when he announced the faster device to the world at the conference. Look on YouTube.

  • Anonymous

    We all know that as majority of the people who read this site watched/listen to all WWDC … That’s not the discussion here, the discussion is whether or not the name would continue chronologically or not.

  • Anonymous

    The S II is an amazing device and the reviews look positive. But I don’t see Apple making a device that can match that this year… Maybe the iPhone 6.

  • Anonymous

     ipad2 is not even the same dimensions as the ipad. 3gs was the exact same size as the 3g, only difference was a better camera (with software autofocus), and double the ram. not other differences. ipad2 has a different display, camera on both sides, hdmi, dual core chip, and its ALOT thinner. it also has that curved backing that the ipod has.

  • Pingback: Digitimes: LTE-Enabled ‘iPhone 4S’ Unlikely to Launch This Year | iPhone in Canada Blog - Canada's #1 iPhone Resource()

  • Pingback: [Update] Next iPhone to Have 64GB Capacity According to Verizon Memo? | iPhone in Canada Blog - Canada's #1 iPhone Resource()