In iPhone related news: First, The Journal is reporting that an unnamed sources briefed Apple's future plans, about the next gen iPhone that will undoubtedly be released next year.
According to the report "the new thinner iPhone 6, or iPhone 5 or iPhone 4S will operate on Qualcomm Inc.'s wireless chips. Apple's current iPhone 4 uses chips from a former unit of German chip maker Infineon Technologies AG that is now owned by Intel Corp. in the model available to most operators. It uses Qualcomm chips for a version for U.S. carrier Verizon Wireless."
Also, that there may be a new charging mechanism and the possibility for an edge-to-edge screen (something that already has been rumored for this year's iPhone).
Apple at the time said a new version of its mobile operating system would be available this fall. That fueled speculation the latest iPhone would also be introduced at the same time.
China Mobile, by far the world's largest carrier with more than 610 million subscribers as of March 2011. Apple and China Mobile are engaged in talks over the iPhone, no hard evidence has been provided until today's leaked shots allegedly showing off a next-generation iPhone prototype running on China Mobile's 3G network.
Chinese-language web site Sohu.com re-published the image (see below). The phone appears to run baseband software with version number 06.10.01, which hasn't been released yet. It also lacks an IMEI number, just like an iPhone 4 prototype we spotted on eBay. Evaluation devices normally have no IMEI number.
If there's any substance to this leak, Apple might first bring an iPhone 4 version optimized for China Mobile's 3G TD-SCDMA network before going big in the country with a 4G iPhone. Recently, China Mobile confirmed discussions with Apple related to bringing Apple's handset to their upcoming 4G TD-LTE network, which is due for commercial trials next year.
To end the post, here're some iPhone 5 mockup pictures: