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This week not only brought us supposed pictures of components of Apple's next iPhone, but more information about iOS 6 – the next version of Apple's mobile operating system – and internal specifications, including more RAM.
Apple has already said that it will focus on software at this year's Worldwide Developers Conference, set for June 11-15 in San Francisco. The company is "far along" with iOS 6, sources tell 9to5Mac, which shows a shot of a maps application that reportedly offers the ability to view images in 3D.
The next iPhone will offer an improved processor and 1GB of RAM, the report says – that's twice what you'll find in the iPhone 4S.
While most industry watchers expect Apple to reveal the iPhone 5 – or whatever it will be called ("next iPhone, iPhone 4G, iPhone LTE, etc.) – in the fall, fans and those providers who offer the device are surely hoping that Apple will return to its tradition of announcing new hardware at WWDC, a practice it at least temporarily abandoned last year. One analyst firm went out on a limb earlier this year, predicting a summer launch – but it's the minority opinion.
The iPhone debuted in the U.S. on AT&T's network in 2007, and gradually spread to major carriers around the globe. Verizon Wireless got its hands on the device in early 2011, breaking AT&T's exclusive stranglehold in America. Sprint followed late last year, and now a number of smaller carriers are getting it, including companies with prepaid plans.