updated 12:50 am EDT, Sun October 2, 2011
Leak shows N90A iPhone 4 made in Brazil
Apple's mystery N90A iPhone 4, its budget model, has been spotted after an inside look at Foxconn's new Brazilian factory. The look by a Gizmodo insider showed front panels for a device that looks just like the the existing model. As shown in a quality assurance sheet, the samples were part of a defective batch that was hurt by lensing issues, possibly either for the camera section or in the process of making the panel itself.
Many expect the N90A to be the 8GB iPhone 4 that has been rumored in the past. As rumored, it might not be just the budget iPhone Apple has had since 2009 but a lower cost model designed to be more affordable in developing countries and those where plastic replaces glass to lower the total price. Apple may want more direct competition with the low-end Android phones prevalent in China.
With the discovery of the iPhone 4S or N94AP in iTunes code, it's now appearing more probable that Apple is planning a conservative update to the iPhone line where a frugal iPhone 4 and an internally upgraded iPhone 4S define the lineup. If separate, however, the differences don't explain the existence of cases for redesigned models being not just in abundance but being trusted enough to reach AT&T inventory.
Apple staff have supposedly said that the new cases are accurate and, by implication, that the N90A may be the only iPhone 4 to continue in the lineup. No evidence for a complete remake has surfaced outside of cases and description matches.