While many developers, analysts and reporters expected Apple to show a glimpse of the next generation iPhone during last week’s worldwide developers conference in San Francisco, Apple only focused on its new operating systems and online services, namely iOS 5, Mac OS X Lion, and iCloud. According to a new rumor posted by 9to5mac earlier today, the device is still on track for a Fall release, and will come pre-loaded with iOS 5. The device allegedly entered the final stage of its design phase, and is currently being tested by Apple’s engineers.
The next generation iPhone has reached the final testing stage (also known as “AP” stage) and is now being carried around by high level Apple and carrier executives. Although this has been assumed since the no-iPhone-at-WWDC-rumors broke, the current plan is for a September launch for the next-generation iPhone. Apple and Verizon have yet to strike a deal regarding FaceTime over 3G for the Verizon network. Keep in mind that 3G and 4G aren’t the same thing. Apple and Verizon are still working out kinks regarding support for iOS 5′s over-the-air updates, which we broke the news about, so carrier support may or may not be delayed past fall 2011.