Apple said to be testing new iPhone with 1GB RAM, new iPod touch also tipped

Alex Wagner
Editorial Director of News and Content from Omaha, NE
Published: April 9, 2012

iPhone 4S rear

Apple is expected to take the wraps off of a new iPhone sometime later this year, and today some initial details on the prototype versions of the device have made their way online. A report from 9to5 Mac claims that Apple has begun internal testing on the next iPhone and that, although the prototypes look similar to the iPhone 4 externally, the handsets are a tad different on the inside. The test units, which feature the designation "N96," are said to include a variant on the A5X processor that's powering the new iPad along with a full gigabyte of RAM. It's worth noting that the retail version of the next iPhone is said to feature a design different than that of the iPhone 4, but that the prototypes don't include the new look in order to prevent leaks.

It also looks like Apple's got a new iPod touch in the works, as references to a new model dubbed "iPod 5,1" have been discovered within an internal build of iOS 5.1. Unfortunately, there's not much known about this new iPod touch just yet. Considering that the current model of Apple's media player is known as "iPod 4,1," though, it's thought that this new iPod touch could include some significant upgrades.

It's not a surprise to hear that Apple's hard at work on new versions of the iPhone and iPod touch, but folks are already looking forward to the introduction of the two iOS devices, and I'm sure they're glad to see details of them both trickling out. Expect the leaks to steadily continue until the next iPhone and iPod touch debut. While it's still a mystery as to exactly when that'll happen, the rumor mill is pointing toward a fall debut. Stay tuned for more, iOS fans.

Via 9to5 Mac