Apple Indecisive Regarding iPhone Design to Be Released This Year

Although Apple has yet to officially announce the anticipated next-generation iPhone, rumors have begun to pour in as is the case every year. Apple may in fact be, however, testing two iPhone prototypes, as they’re still deciding which to unveil later this year.

In total, there are at-least two iPhone prototypes floating around the Cupertino campus in “thick, locked shells in order to disguise the exterior design,” according to a report published by 9to5Mac.

Said report cites “independent” sources – they say that the two prototypes are code-named N41AP (5,1) and N42AP (5,2). Each model sports a larger, 3.95 inch screen, which has been the rumored in the iOS world and each includes a resolution of 640 x 1136, or an extra 176 pixels vertically versus the iPhone 4S/4.

To utilize the larger resolution, Apple is said to be testing newer builds of iOS 6 that add support for a fifth row of applications on an iPhone’s home screen and allow for “extended application user interfaces that offer views of more content.”

Both prototypes include a physical home button and also a smaller dock connector lining the bottom.

These latest rumors on behalf of 9to5Mac are similar to others that we’ve been hearing in the recent past with the larger screen and smaller dock connectors especially. The news in this reporting? The fact that Apple is still indecisive regarding the design of the next-generation iPhone which supports the notion that Apple will unveil such a device in the fall rather than next month at WWDC 2012.