Apple has apparently included the “iPhone 4S” name in a file inside the latest iTunes beta seeded on Friday, 9to5mac reports. As shown in the screenshot above, two strings report “iPhone 4S” in the description, with a link to the same image used by iTunes for the older CDMA iPhone 4. Whilst the iPhone 4 had separate references for colors (black/white) and carrier variations (GSM/CDMA), the “4S” name in iTunes 10.5 beta 9 is only differentiated by color.
Speculation surrounding the next-generation iPhone initially described the “iPhone 4S” as the lower end model with improved specs over the iPhone 4, although recent rumors have suggested the “iPhone 5” may end up being the 4S itself, thus contradicting reports of two different models, one being “completely redesigned”.
The iPhone 4S name recently appeared on packaging for third-party cases and it also supposedly hit Apple’s internal inventory system with the codename N94. The CDMA image associated to the 4S in the iTunes beta may be a placeholder, but the 4S was previously rumored to have dual CDMA-GSM capabilities.
Apple will hold a keynote in Cupertino on Tuesday, October 4th, where it’s widely expected to unveil the next-generation iPhone.