If you’re the type of person to subscribe to all of the rumors and grumblings about the next iPhone, then you’ve probably already read that Apple is hard at work on a dual GSM/CDMA-based device and they plan on releasing it here pretty soon. At least by the end of 2011, anyway. This is the same device that’s been called the iPhone 5, but more recently it’s been tagged with the minor title update, the iPhone 4S. So if you’re someone who subscribes to all of these rumors and speculation, then by now you’ve probably already formed your own opinions about what the next version of Apple’s popular smartphone will feature, and more importantly, if it’s going to be a major upgrade or just a minor one while we wait for something better. If this latest rumor pans out, I think it’s the best bet for Apple.

It’s anyone’s guess at this point, except for those in the know at Apple (and some Verizon executives, incidentally enough), as to what features the new iPhone will bring to the table, but the growing consensus seems to be that the iPhone 4S is more than likely than the iPhone 5. In the iPhone 4S, there’s expected to be the inclusion of the A5 processor, the same one that’s found in the iPad 2. Additionally, it’s believed that there will be some improvements to the camera – both on the front and in the back. Whether or not the device will feature a slightly bigger screen is one of the hotly debated bullet points. There’s also the question regarding carrier choice, as at this point in time it’s really up to Apple who they want to launch their prodigal device.

So why would a dual GSM/CDMA-based device be a good idea for Apple? Well for one, it would save the Cupertino-based company money on manufacturing. Instead of having to create separate devices featuring the necessary technology for both CDMA and GSM in separate devices, they can just make sure that everything that’s needed for a functioning device on either network is in one, and make that. And, let’s face it, if any company out there is going to figure out how to make one device work with multiple networks, it would be Apple to do it.

As of right now, there’s a slight difference in the software that’s available on the AT&T iPhone 4 and the iPhone 4 that’s available on Verizon’s network. If Apple has indeed created a device that can work on both Verizon’s and AT&T’s network, then there’s the strong possibility that there will no longer be a difference in the software for that device, despite the network differences. That would mean that updates wouldn’t be staggered any longer, and subscribers on one network wouldn’t have to necessarily wait to get their hands on a feature or update. (It really isn’t a big issue as of right now and many owners probably don’t even realize this is the case, but it would still be something worth noting on Apple’s part at the announcement of the next iPhone.)

In the United States, we’ve got four major wireless carriers. Two are CDMA-based while two are GSM-based. Both of these networks on either technology use different bands, though, so it would be logical to assume that if Apple is indeed creating an iPhone 4S that features dual CDMA/GSM technology, that there’s a possibility that they are creating two of these dual devices. There are just as many rumors and reports suggesting that Apple is making an iPhone 4S for Sprint and T-Mobile, so it could be possible. It would be interesting to see how Apple would differentiate these devices cosmetically, too, so people would know just by looking at your device which network you may be on. If they would change their aesthetics at all, that is.

The only downfall I could see with a dual GSM/CDMA-based device is the price. After all, it’s more technology that Apple has to shove into that little frame, and that has to be made up for in some way or another. It would be a shame to make the customer pay extra for something that, more than likely, they will never use. But, what do you think of the GSM/CDMA-hypothesized iPhone 4S? Good idea or one that Apple shouldn’t even consider? Let me know in the comments what you think. 

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Charles Datdude Knight
Charles Datdude Knight I wanna know when did phones become so competitive. I mean I know everyone wants the latest and greatest. But why are we as consumers, finding for the makers of the phone. Who makes this phones Don King!!! Damnit ppl to each it own. I like iPhone u like android. Who cares! Mine does wat I want it to do and I guess urs does too.
Simon Kirshon
Simon Kirshon Hmm... I dunno why Iphone 4 is necessary... I would buy something like SII and Ipod 4...
David Henson
David Henson Quit dinking around with this crap and bring on 4G or forget it! Why buy a 4S when it will also soon be out of date?
Kenny Melgar
Kenny Melgar Makes sense
Ben Bartholomew
Ben Bartholomew no iphone is a good idea
Jabin George
Jabin George Yes it is?
David Wilson
David Wilson Hell yeah!!! I want one on sprint!!!
Steve Doric
Steve Doric Yes but all I care for is a bigger screen.
Emilio J Burgos
Emilio J Burgos Yes with a 10 Mega pix in back and a 5 meg pix in front with SD slot
Skye Villanueva
Skye Villanueva I hate the iPhone...but it is a nice idea ....the next nexus phone should come out dual mode like that T-Mobile/sprint that be epic
Zach Cline
Zach Cline @Jon. I'm not rooted And I'm not going to root. I looked at that MIUI rom and it looks horrible.
Ryan DeClue
Ryan DeClue @Chris Payne you sir, have said it. But guess what? The iSheep still want
Zach Cline
Zach Cline The iPhone is as much as a freaking droid. There are a few overpriced android devices on verizon. At the end of the day , It's all personal preference. I just prefer iOS over android and it's not because I can't comprehend the android OS lol. I'm a droid owner but for me iOS is a better fit. All of my apps, music, books , movies are on itunes so it just makes sense. People just need to quit blindly hating on apple or Microsoft. I installed windows launcher on my droid and while I know it's not the same thing as an actual windows device, It gives you an idea of what it's like and it's not bad. Just like how apple products aren't for everyone . I thought I would try android just to try something different. It's ok but would I buy another one? Nope.
Jon Jerico Calanio
Jon Jerico Calanio @Zach: You might want to take a look at MIUI. It's markedly different from any other Android ROM and it closely emulates the iOS interface. To say that the Android system is just the same is kinda ignorant, as even each manufacturer UI has its unique capabilities that set it apart from others.
Cathy Perez
Cathy Perez I have a MyTouch 3G with 2.2 on it. I like my device but I'm not super techy with it. I haven't rooted or hacked it, I use it the same way they gave it to me. I also have an iPod Touch 3G (I find it to work the same as the iPhone). Both are easy to use in my opinion and, as a regular user, they both feel the same to me. I would only buy the iPhone because its an "iPhone" But because the price is insane and ATT/Verizon cost too much Id rather stick to an Android TMo phone.
Zach Cline
Zach Cline @Sebastian. Most android devices are pretty much the same.
Manuel Diaz
Manuel Diaz It wouldn't make a difference, we need a AWS band compatible iPhone
Francisco Salgado
Francisco Salgado Android
Adam Fontaine
Adam Fontaine Well if you look at it from a manufacturing standpoint it's a good idea. However, if you loose functionality say in the camera to make room for 2 antennas then ad a consumer I don't lime the idea.
Pedro Luis Perez
Pedro Luis Perez @ss... Actually, Qualcomm can not supply apple w the required 4g chips until next year.
Carlos Guzman
Carlos Guzman it's only a good idea if you live in a country that actually offers the 2 options; if not, it's means paying more for something I'm never gonna use, plus making your smartphone heavier
Ryan Lampkin
Ryan Lampkin Lol. No.
Daniel Konieczko
Daniel Konieczko I thought it had to be since Ltd is GSM based technology. And if you want true 4g then it need to be both for Verizon. Other wise it's going to be enhanced 3g.
Sebastian Skans
Sebastian Skans I don't think so. I dislike phones that are the same, except for upgraded hardware, it just feels like they don't really want to put the effort into actually improving it further.
Marti Ruiz
Marti Ruiz Ifail
Jon Jerico Calanio
Jon Jerico Calanio I expected a bit more than updated notifications, a better version of MobileMe and some other minor tweaks to the OS. The iCloud idea is great, but not really true cloud computing; it does a Dropbox-style of syncing where you still rely on apps to sync local content and the cloud service is only used as a channel for such a sync. Not a real cloud computing service like how Google does with Google Docs. IMO, Windows Phone 7's Mango and Google's Ice Cream Sandwich will deliver even better updates to their respective platforms. That, and a new generation of quad-core processors is on its way the same time iOS5 is publicly released.
Zach Cline
Zach Cline And 4G is still buggy as hell and doesn't even work right in most areas, Which means people will switch back to 3G .
Zach Cline
Zach Cline IOS 5 already stepped it up. Do your research
Phillip McGriff
Phillip McGriff Dual band GSM & CDMA Apple device is not a bad idea, I personally prefer global devices on a CDMA network...I just don't understand the point of releasing an iPhone that's not 4G compatible? Although Iphones create incredible hardware, the IOS5 is going too have too step its game up...
JMichael Rodriguez
JMichael Rodriguez I don't care, I love my iphone. So cheers to those who have one.
Capital Tbe
Capital Tbe I have the evo. I like the evo don't get me wrong but let me tell you. People get android cause the network don't have the iPhone
Siddharth Krishna Dwivedi
Siddharth Krishna Dwivedi Yes, as it will be so easy for customers then to just buy the phone and start usin instead of discoverin which and why
Kyle Cordiano
Kyle Cordiano Been an iphone user since 2007, and just recently switiching to the Galaxy S II, i say its a good idea.
Roman Vinsonhaler
Roman Vinsonhaler Phone Dog has been turned into such an "Apple Hate Crowd." It's so biased it makes me crazy, just comment on the artical, instead of saying, "iPhone is crap and the worst phone ever." It makes you look so stupid.
Kevin Belnap
Kevin Belnap no i just want a bigger screen
Kent Adriel
Kent Adriel the fact is apple is copying android, bb, and windows phone now... but u know what, it's even better than all of them i think
John Cruz
John Cruz Iphone is the worst now
Albert Tavarez
Albert Tavarez Yes and an official unlock option for international use. I don't see why not since their buying t-mobile.
Abdul Rahman Bangi
Abdul Rahman Bangi dual band functionality would be great BUT what would be better is the ability to share files thru bluetooth. i reali want an iPhone but its just this thing thats holding me back from buying 1
Anthony Mcfarland
Anthony Mcfarland Actualy I am a former iPhone 4 owner, I have also had bb and symbian phones, the phone I'm using now (HTC evo4g) is an outdated model now and it still blows those other OS's out of the water, Android still needs to grow yes but Apple and Steve jobs need to stop bashing everone els and stop acting like dictators, when it comes to what you can and can't do on a device that you paid a ton of money for, if Apple never learns that that will disappear eventualy, because android and wp7 have already knocked ios down and are just waiting for the finishing blow
Derrick Wimberly Jr.
Derrick Wimberly Jr. They should stop with the iphones, they are crap. Id rather have an ipod touch then an iphone. Booooo!!!!
Luis Montoya
Luis Montoya Icrap
Henry Murillo
Henry Murillo Meh I don't care. Got my HTC sensation 4g and I'm happy happy
Sunny Patel
Sunny Patel The problem with iPhone in general is that they never make any significant changes to any of there devices....if they want to make the next big phone it's going to have to be dual core processor, 4g, and a bigger screen, not just changes in GSM/cdma
Jon Jerico Calanio
Jon Jerico Calanio Well, I got rid of my iPhone after having done everything to improve the experience even with jailbreaking - and yet I was left unsatisfied. True, people do enjoy the iPhone due to its ease of use and integration with Apple's services and media, but the lack of total user control ticked me off. That's why I switched to the Android OS and never looked back since. Proud HTC Desire HD user here with CyanogenMod 7.
Mark Anthony Colindres
Mark Anthony Colindres Being a former (read:blind &ignorant) iPhone hater I have to admit the phone is a MUCH better experience, and quality than any Android phone I've used. Android has its pros and cons, just like any other device... People need to stop being so fucking stupid and blindly hating on shit. If you don't want it then fuck off.. the thread isn't for you. That said; Yes, a dual mode iPhone would be awesome!
Jon Jerico Calanio
Jon Jerico Calanio So basically they're challenging the likes of the Droid Pro and Blackberry handsets with this GSM/CDMA dual functionality. And lol at some of the comments here. Android is the name of the operating system, not the phone. Most currently-released Android handsets come from different manufacturers and they have their own development pipeline; so it comes as no surprise that phones running the OS are being released almost monthly. The misconception says something about the current mentality and ignorance of some people here.
Erick Rozales
Erick Rozales It's funny how everyone hates on apple but the reality is they are making millions and the iPhone is still going to sell pretty good no matter what hahahaha by the way no phone or OS is perfect yes not even android you fanboys
Charles Datdude Knight
Charles Datdude Knight Wow!!! @Chris did just just defend that android system. But research, then let's research! When they talk about the iPhone they don't say iPhone iOS4, they just say iPhone. But for phones that use the android software they have to say android in the name because the android software is used so much. They put android software on sidekicks, who does dat. Ntelos, who does dat. So you can understand why ppl call em a android phone cuz who da hell knows which phone it actually is. So yes a android phone it is. Now go research that on ya android phone!!!!
Hans Louis
Hans Louis Haha!!!! iBrick. Funny but sadly so true
Chino Boo
Chino Boo LOL 3G
Danny Téllez
Danny Téllez 4s? is it going to be made by samsung?
Stephen Wagner
Stephen Wagner If apple made a brick and called it iBrick and made it cost 300 dollars, people would still get it
Seaedge Val
Seaedge Val Mistaken for dual Sim... instead of GSM/cdma... my bad :(
Seaedge Val
Seaedge Val So apple is copying China look alike phone now? Lol!
Chris Payne
Chris Payne Melvin.... Android is an operating system, not a phone. A new Android phone is "released every week" because manufacturers constantly make new phones that they want to put Android on it. It's not a "newer version" every week, it's a new phone with the latest operating system. Plus when there are updates we all get it eventually.... and we all get it OTA. Also, Google has no control over the shitty hardware some manufacturers use. Do some research before you start bashing something.
Dor Eliyahu
Dor Eliyahu for sure
Jonatan Ruiz
Jonatan Ruiz everyone hates on iPhone until they have it in their hands using it, then they shut up
Chris Bailey
Chris Bailey Isnt te iphone 4 already cdma and gsm together, just on 1 cdma network and 1 on gsm, no physical difference to the phone?
Sumeet Deshmukh
Sumeet Deshmukh Fuck off maaaan
Melvin Mejia
Melvin Mejia ANDROIDS SUCK BALLS!!!!! thats y they bring a new one out every week and after 3 weeks they're all buy one get one free...I don't want a phone that has a newer version a month later..sorry im weird like that
Eddie Velasquez
Eddie Velasquez Yes
Pedro Luis Perez
Pedro Luis Perez @jb...lol...yea millions of users can't be wrong. I don't see people lining up to get a droid! Stop hating.
Christian Araujo
Christian Araujo I think its a good idea because it allows people that travel often being able to use their phones in some other places, I'm from Peru and over there we use the GSM bands, and I have Verizon which is CDMA so I can't really do much with a Verizon phone over there unless its global or GSM.
Enrique Pascual
Enrique Pascual Yes
Keith Hayes
Keith Hayes Yes
Israel Leiva
Israel Leiva YES, and i'm an Android lover.
Justin Beilstein
Justin Beilstein the iphone isnt a good idea to being with.
Wes Walker
Wes Walker I think apple should jus stop wit thee iphone... imean forreal!
Raj Karan
Raj Karan cdma to iphone i think it must be joking but dual sim in iphone bring revolution in smartphones
Abdullah Call Em
Abdullah Call Em very good idea! 1 day battery runtime is too much!
Anh-Tuan Le
Anh-Tuan Le Of course it is. They can wrap the iPhone in monkey poop, and macheads will flock to it like vultures anxiously anticipating the deaths of plague-infested cattle with madcow disease.
Gladys Devant
Gladys Devant @Steven Wagner I like your comment five times!!! There should be a love button lol
Niall Beagan
Niall Beagan yes
Nikhil Chakka
Nikhil Chakka it's cheap for them more profit
Gladys Devant
Gladys Devant Nothing much changes with every new one they make. So they should just give up and quit making them
Wilson Gewin
Wilson Gewin nope! and i agree with mr Wagner
Danny Ortiz
Danny Ortiz yup they should
Promise Anyanwu
Promise Anyanwu Nope
Stephen Wagner
Stephen Wagner they should just not make iphones at all

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