With only a couple of days to go before Tuesday's iPhone event at Apple's headquarters in Cupertino, Calif., newly leaked information on iPhone5 has fueled the rumor mills once again.
One such rumor is from a reader of The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW ), who claims to have captured an image from the prepaid cell phone section of Cincinnati Bell Web site. The screenshot, which was removed from the Web site after it was discovered to be live, included a placeholder for the 32GB version of iPhone5 (without an image), a $639.99 price tag, and three highlighted features -- an 8 megapixel camera, a 4-inch screen, and 4G data connectivity. In addition, a second phone shown in the image was carrying an Add to Basket button, which was not visible with the iPhone5 placeholder.
What the captures mean may be uncertain, but it does suggest that iPhone5 32GB is no longer a fantasy.
However, the most intriguing aspects of the leak are that Cincinnati Bell (unlike carriers such as AT&T or Verizon) is only a regional carrier in the United States, the fact that the Web site is for a pay-as-you-go program, and the specifications of the iPhone5, as listed in the reported images, support most previous speculations.
In addition, another reader sent a different screenshot from the same site -- this time of an iPhone4S 16GB model, with a price tag of $99.99. There were three features mentioned in this image -- a 5 megapixel camera, a 3.5-inch screen, and an A5 processor.
Contrary to some rumors suggesting that Apple only intends to launch an improved version of the iPhone4 -- the iPhone4S -- this could be a strong indication of the fact that the company will announce two models of the much-awaited smartphone.
The iPhone5 is expected to run on iOS5, and the new OS will come with 200 new features that include a Newsstand and iMessage. The new iPhone is also expected to sport the new iCloud service, which will provide users with wireless remote access to iTunes and music from all personal computers and mobile devices.
Furthermore, some of the more discussed features that the iPhone5 is expected to carry are a fast 1.2-to-1.5 GHz, dual-core A5 processor chip, 1GB of RAM, near-field communications (NFC) technology and enhanced battery life.