Our Expectations For The iPhone 5 Event Have Completely Flipped Since Last Week

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What a difference a week makes.In the six short days since Apple sent out invites to its big iPhone 5 announcement, it seems like everything has changed.

The conversation has shifted from Apple launching a redesigned iPhone 5 along with a cheaper iPhone 4S, to Apple simply announcing a 4S.

There’s also some new information surrounding Apple’s relationship with Facebook.

Based on the latest leaks and information, we’re going to take another stab at this.

An iPhone 4S that looks just like the current iPhone 4

A few leaks over the weekend and this morning suggest that Apple will only announce an iPhone 4S. The device will look exactly like the current iPhone 4, but pack a bunch of zippy hardware upgrades on the inside.

A 8 GB iPhone 4

Following the same pattern it has for a while, we expect Apple to keep the iPhone 4 around as a $99 8 GB device. It's still an amazing phone, and will be perfect for anyone who wants an iPhone on the cheap.

A 64 GB model (Finally!)

We've been waiting for a 64 GB iPhone for years now. Now it looks like it's going to happen. A 64 GB model popped up in Vodafone's internal system today. We've also seen mentions of a 64 GB versions from other leaked inventories.

The A5 processor, the same dual-core chip that powers the iPad 2

One of the biggest upgrades to the new iPhone will be completely hidden. Apple will certainly include its dual-core A5 processor in the device. That'll give a big boost to graphics and video.

1 GB of RAM will help multitasking

For those who keep a lot of apps running in the background, you're going to love that the iPhone 5 should sport 1 GB of RAM. That makes web browsing faster and allows you to multitask better without slowing down.

The Facebook iPad app will finally launch

Last week, Mashable broke news that Facebook will team up with Apple on October 4 to finally show of its iPad app. We had a sneak peek when the app leaked over the summer, and the app was pretty good. We're looking forward to testing the complete version.

Facebook's HTML5-powered app store

Facebook may also show off 'Project Spartan,' its HTML5-powered app store that runs entirely through its mobile site. While such an app store could one day be a threat to its own down the road, Apple seems to be embracing a new relationship with Facebook to help both companies fight off Google.

There will be one phone for both CDMA (Verizon, Sprint) and GSM (AT&T) networks

The new iPhone will have antennas that allow it to run on both GSM and CDMA networks. That means there won't be a separate device for Verizon/Sprint and AT&T.

Assuming this 4S-only rumour is true, we think Apple will tout the voice-controlled as the killer, must-have feature for the new phone. Just like Apple focused on software and features with the iPhone 3GS, you can expect the same to happen with Assistant and the 4S.

Sprint will be added as a carrier

Sprint has all but admitted that it will start carrying the iPhone this month, so don't abandon the carrier just yet.

While T-Mobile customers won't be able to buy the iPhone on contract, they can still buy an unlocked phone at full price and insert their SIM card.

The iPhone 3GS could still stick around and be free on contract

AT&T may keep the iPhone 3GS in stock and offer it as a free device if you sign a two-year service contract, according to Apple Insider. If you want to get the phone without a contract, it'll cost you $399.

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