iPhone 5 to Be a Sprint Exclusive?

According to BGR, Sprint may be the exclusive carrier of the iPhone 5. The Wall Street Journal reported today that Sprint plans to “bet the company” on the next-gen iPhone by paying Apple $20 billion for the rights to carry the phone, which is an unprecedented amount of money to sell a single phone. But, if BGR’s sources are correct, then users will be jumping ship in hordes in order to get the device—offsetting the cost in the long term. Sprint has slowly been bleeding customers despite being the only carrier to offer unlimited data, but this may soon change.

This could explain why Apple is planning to roll out two new devices tomorrow. An iPhone 4S on AT&T and Verizon to hold over customers, and a super-powered 4G-capable iPhone 5 exclusively for Sprint users.

In this scenario, the iPhone 4S Apple will introduce tomorrow will feature the following:

  • A low voltage Apple A5 CPU (it won’t be the same as the iPad 2 chip, clock for clock).
  • Updated front and back camera sensors. FaceTime HD in the front, 8 megapixel 1080p HD video recording in the back.
  • Multiband 3G Qualcomm chipset — North American & International GSM/UMTS/HSPA bands for AT&T and Global carriers, North
  • American CDMA & International GSM/UMTS/HSPA bands for Verizon and Sprint.
  • NFC support
  • Metal or “premium” plastic on the back case.

And here is what my source said about the iPhone 5 that will launch as a Sprint exclusive:

  • Faster CPU.
  • Larger 4-inch screen, similar to LG’s NOVA display but with a higher resolution.
  • 1GB of RAM.
  • Slightly larger design overall, but thinner and with a larger battery.
  • 32GB of storage.
  • iPhone 5 exclusive software and APIs (Assistant).
  • Dedicated Assistant button, possibly integrated with the new home button, “think gestures or a two-stage button like a camera shutter key).
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