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Source Reveals Specs And Release Date of Next iPhone!

apple-iphone-3g-black Recently we were approached by a source who is closely connected to Apple’s hardware development team. The source was willing to provide detailed information on the specs and release date of the next generation iPhone.

We have checked the source’s credentials to the best of our ability and at this point deem the source as reputable. Of course we cannot guarantee the accuracy of the source’s claims since Apple will neither confirm nor deny any future product releases, including if a new phone will even be released! Many of the specifics proposed by our source have been discussed in recent weeks, but many intriguing details revealed by the source have yet to be reported. Here are the specifics:

    * 32GB and 16GB to replace current capacities
    * $199 and $299 price-points to be maintained
    * 3.2 Megapixel camera
    * Video recording & editing capabilities
    * Ability to send a picture & video via MMS
    * Discontinuation of the metal band surrounding the edge of the device
    * OLED screen
    * 1.5X The battery life
    * Double the RAM and processing power
    * Built-in FM transmitter
    * Apple logo on the back to light up
    * Rubber-tread backing
    * Sleeker design
    * Built-in compass
    * Revolutionary combination of the camera, GPS, compass, and Google maps to identify photo and inform about photo locations.
    * Turn by turn directions
    * July 17th, 2009 release date

Let’s examine the feasibility of these features in the next iPhone.

-32GB and 16GB to replace current capacities

This upgrade in storage is very plausible and is almost expected. Last year, the iPhone 3G was introduced with capacities that were double that of its predecessor. It stands to reason this would occur again with the natural progression of the technology. This increase in storage has also been reported by several news outlets.

-Current subsidized price-points to be maintained

There has been a lot of speculation that Apple may attempt to reduce the price of the iPhone in an attempt to gain market share or battle the upcoming Palm Pre. With these new features, including an OLED screen, it seems unlikely they can lower the price points. At the same time when the iPhone 3G was introduced at the subsidized price, it sold in record numbers. To increase the price now would not likely be in Apple’s best interest from a sales-volume perspective. All things considered it seems likely that the prices won’t come up or down. Given Apple’s track record of upgrading products without raising prices, it is safe to assume that prices of the iPhone will more than likely remain the same.

-3.2 Megapixel camera

According to our source, the new iPhone will take much better and clearer pictures. This will likely be achieved by offering the ability to focus the lens as a new feature. This has also been reported by multiple sources, and therefor seems very credible.

-Video recording & editing capabilities

The iPhone finally having the ability to record video seems possible given the strong demand. But the ability to edit the videos you record on the iPhone itself? This feature has been in multiple rumor reports, however it seems highly questionable. If the ability to edit pictures was already present it would lend credence to this rumor. All of this considered, our source says video editing on the device will be implemented.

-Ability to send a picture & video via MMS

Sending MMS messages is one of the most anticipated features expected in the upcoming revision. This ability was officially announced alongside the iPhone OS 3.0 roadmap. With the capability of sending pictures via MMS it would make sense that you could also send video. It was already announced that voice memos will be able to be sent, so video is a natural extension. The size limitations of videos in MMS was not available to our source.

-Discontinuation of the metal band surrounding the edge of the device

This detail is of little concern, but it may suggest significant design changes.

-OLED screen

An OLED display would be a welcome change from the LCD screen the current iPhone utilizes. The main benefit of using an OLED screen used on the iPhone is a possible increase in battery life. Its difficult to judge the accuracy of this rumor; it would certainly be an excellent choice for the display, however OLED screens are relatively expensive at this time and my prove difficult to transition to while lowering or even maintaining the iPhone’s current price point. The source did not detail if the new OLED screen would come with a 640 x 960 resolution. (note: this resolution is what would be expected to maintain backwards compatibility with applications currently deployed)

-1.5X The battery life

Improved battery, possibly as a result of the OLED display; this may also be due to improved battery technologies. We always hope for battery improvements in a new model and with the new features it is likely to expect better battery performance.

-Double the RAM and processing power

According to our source, the next generation iPhone will have “roughly double the RAM and processing power.” He elaborated by explaining that the increase in processing power would be partially achieved through over-clocking.

-Built-in FM transmitter

It’s unclear why Apple would ultimately introduce this into the iPhone. Currently, none of Apple’s products include an activated FM transmitter. This feature has been rumored by other news outlets. We just don’t understand why – we didn’t buy a Zune for a reason.

-Apple logo on the back to light up

Our source described this feature as being similar to the illuminated Apple logo on the back of the notebook line. The light will be white and always on while the phone is powered on. There have been no reports of this to date, and it seems to be an odd cosmetic choice. Frankly, if iPhone users had a choice between an Apple logo light and increased battery performance, it’s an easy guess as to what users would choose. Due to the battery considerations this seems hard to believe.

-Rubber-tread backing

Another significant design change, our source described this as being “similar to the back of a blackberry.” It would be similar to a blackberry in that instead of smooth plastic back, the new iPhone would have a treaded rubber-type back. This would certainly provide a better grip, as well as may devastate the third party iPhone case market.

-Sleeker design

Our source was not able to be more specific. He mentioned this in passing while describing the cosmetic changes regarding the metal band and rubber back.

-Built-in compass

A digital compass is a new feature to be added as well. Naturally, the purpose of a compass is to show you what direction you are facing. This certainly seems like a reasonable add-on and has been reported previously.

-Revolutionary combination of the camera, GPS, compass, orientation sensor, and Google maps

The camera will work with the GPS, compass, orientation sensor and Google maps to identify what building or location you have taken a picture of. We at first had difficulties believing this ability. However, such a “feature” is technically possible. If the next generation iPhone was to contain a compass then all of the components necessary to determine the actually plane in space for an image taken. The GPS would be used to determine the physical location of the device. The compass would be used to determine the direction the camera was facing. And the orientation sensor would be used to determine the orientation of the camera relative to the gravity. Additionally the focal length and focus of the camera could even assist is determining the distance of any focused objects in the picture. In other words, not only would the device know where you are, but it could determine how you are tilting it and hence it would know EXACTLY where in space your picture was composed. According to our source, Apple will use this information to introduce several groundbreaking features. For example, if you were to take a picture of the Staples Center in Los Angeles, you will be provided with a prompt directing you to information about the building, address, and/or area. This information will include sources such as wikipedia. This seems like quite an amazing service; and a little hard to believe, however while the complexity of such a service may be unrealistic, such is actually feasible with the sensors onboard the next generation iPhone.

-Turn by turn directions

Although a hot topic since iPhone 2.0, this has yet to be officially introduced to Apple’s Maps app. Previous reports have specified that Google maps could not be utilized due to licensing issues, however our source claims that these issues have recently been overcome and will be available in the OS 3.0 software. While this would be an exciting leap for the iPhone, its very questionable that this would be completely true.

-July 17th release date

Our source says the new version of the iPhone is expected to be available for purchase July 17th of this year. This is believable considering the previous iPhone releases have been on Fridays as well.

It is important to remember that, while this source appears credible, this information could prove incorrect. Apple may have produced several prototypes to either test various functions or simply minimize the dissemination of product knowledge before the official announcement. However if this information proves to be accurate, the new iPhone will certainly be second to none.  by Rob

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Posted by on 31/05/2009 in IT

 

32GB iPhone Looking More Likely

New iPhone rumors out today come very close to confirming the existence of a 32GB iPhone, and even resurrect the possibility of a $99 iPhone from Apple. We’re less than two weeks away from Apple’s Worldwide Developer’s Conference from June 8-12, and it is assumed Apple will unveil new iPhone hardware during WWDC or shortly thereafter. No one knows for sure what a new iPhone would look like, but the most popular iPhone rumors include the addition of an OLED screen, rubber backing, a faster processor, more RAM, improved battery life, and bigger storage. Today, no new features are hitting the rumor mill, but if news from around the world is to be believed, a 32GB iPhone is all but inevitable before the end of the summer.

Here’s the iPhone scoop — international edition:

Austria

T-Mobile is one of two iPhone carriers in Austria, and recently the company posted a placeholder reference to a 32GB iPhone on its Website, according to a screenshot on Austrian Blog Area Mobile. The screenshot contains no pricing information or image of the new iPhone, so it’s unclear what new features the new iPhone would sport.

Australia

News from Australia adds a new dimension to the iPhone discussion by resurrecting the possibility of a low-end iPhone. Australian blog MacTalk recently got its hands on what it claims to be an internal e-mail from Australian iPhone carrier Vodaphone, one of three iPhone carriers in Australia. The e-mail is a memo to retail staff declaring the 16GB iPhone as an “end-of-life” product that will only be available for a few more weeks from Brightpoint, Vodaphone’s iPhone supplier.

If the Vodaphone memo is genuine that means the 16GB iPhone could soon be discontinued to make space for a new iPhone. What is interesting though, is that Vodaphone does not mention the 8GB iPhone. Could this mean the current 8GB model has a future as the mythical $99 iPhone? While MacTalk figures Apple will offer only an 8GB and 32GB iPhone, my guess is that Apple will sell three different iPhone models, with revamped hardware for the 16GB and 32GB iPhone — assuming the memo is genuine, of course.

Canada

Boy Genius Report got ahold of what it claims to be some internal information on a new iPhone coming to Canada. The new iPhone would launch in the U.S. and Canada at the same time on an unspecified date in July or August of this year, BGR says. Rogers, Canada’s iPhone carrier, would offer the new iPhone with a three-year contract with no option to buy the new iPhone outright.

Reckless Assumptions

So if we put all these iPhone references together into one pot and mix them up, what are the implications for U.S. customers? My money would be on a revamped iPhone coming in 16GB and 32GB versions with enough killer improvements to make the current iPhone look obsolete. That would give Apple and AT&T a reason to offer the 8GB iPhone at the bargain basement price of $99. Apple could even sell the downgraded iPhone outright with no contract at Apple Stores (although admittedly that’s a big assumption to make). Based on the information from BGR’s Rogers report, and the noise other blogs and analysts have been making, a probable launch date for the new iPhone may be on or around July 17.

So, if these reports are accurate and Apple really is launching new hardware, the question is, will we see it at WWDC or, as some have suggested, a stand-alone Apple event later in the summer? It’s hard to know for sure, but if Apple does unveil new hardware at WWDC, it will be a nightmare scenario for Palm and Sprint. The Palm Pre will launch nationwide on Sprint’s Now Network with reportedly limited stock on June 6, just two days before WWDC. Putting the Pre’s launch date so close to a major Apple event was a daring move, since Apple is known for announcing major launches at its events. A June 6 launch for the Pre also shows how confident Palm is in its new hardware. But if a new iPhone is announced or launched shortly after the Pre becomes available, it could severely limit the Pre’s fan base, meaning Apple would make quick work of yet another so-called iPhone killer. by Ian Paul

 
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Posted by on 31/05/2009 in IT

 

New iPhone 2009 matte Backside surfaces again

iphone-2009-backside-new In February a photo of a new matte backside of an iPhone appeared the first time. Back then it was just the lower part showing. Now MacRumors actually published a photo showing the full matte backside of what could be a new iPhone 2009 next to the currently available iPhone 3G.
It is still hard to say if Apple is really offering a new iPhone in a matte case finishing.
The advantage would be to have fewer issues with finger prints, but matte surface tend to get a greasy look over time.
At this point there is almost certainty that the new iPhone 2009 will be offered in a 32GB version and it will have a compass. Overall we anticipate a performance upgrade in serveral aspects.
More New iPhone Rumors.

 
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New iPhone specs leaked — 600MHz CPU, 32GB, 3.2MP cam?

Apple_iPhone_3G_270x202 Take this for what it is — a totally unverified rumor from a Chinese forum — but a set of specs for a next-gen iPhone have leaked out along with this screenshot, and they’re not entirely far-fetched. According to the alleged leak, iPhone model MB717LL 9 (“iPhone2,1” perhaps?) will have a 600MHz processor (up from the current 400MHz unit), 256MB of RAM (from the current 128MB), 32GB of storage, a 3.2 megapixel camera with autofocus, as well as a digital compass and FM radio, all while retaining the same battery, basic shape, and screen size. Do we believe it? Well, if we were to conservatively guess at specs for a next-gen Apple phone that’s pretty much what we’d come up with — with the exception of FM — so we’re not shaking our heads too hard. Plus we’ve definitely seen evidence that a compass will figure into the equation, and there’s endless whispers that the camera will see an upgrade. Still, only Steve and the gang know for sure, and we’re (probably) not finding out till they’re ready — WWDC, are you here yet? by Nilay Patel

 
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New iPhone could go on sale July 17

Forgive us for repeating rumors, but when you’re writing about future Apple products like the next version of the iPhone, rumors are all you have until the thoroughly tight-lipped company officially spills the beans.

Today’s rumor–well, actually it’s yesterday’s rumor–comes courtesy of AppleiPhoneApps.com. Through its very own Deep Throat–aka a source who is “closely connected to Apple’s hardware development team”–the Web site posted some details on just what the third-generation iPhone will offer. What’s more, it names Friday, July 17, as the release date.

We can’t verify anything right now, but some of the predictions make more sense than others. A July 17 release date is very plausible. Both the iPhone Classic and the iPhone 3G went on sale on Fridays (June 29, 2007, and July 11, 2008, respectively). Apple likes to respect tradition.

Here’s a list of what the new iPhone could offer, along with my comments. AppleiPhoneApps is also predicting that the $199 and $299 price tags will remain.

    * A 32GB model–We’ve expected this for some time. What’s more, it would be welcome.
    * Double the RAM and processing power–Ditto here. Hopefully, Apple will add background processing as, as well.
    * A 3.2-megapixel camera with video-recording capabilities–We’ve been hearing about this for a while, as well. But while Apple is at it, we’d also like more camera editing features.
    * Ability to send a pictures and video via MMS–The iPhone 3.0 software update will add the ability to send photos with MMS so videos would make sense too.
    * Turn-by-turn directions–We’ll also get this with the 3.0 update. The feature won’t be native, but it will come through apps.
    * 1.5x the battery life–The short battery life is one of the iPhone 3G’s biggest flaws. I’d look forward to this improvement the most.
    * Apple logo on the rear side will light up–This one is random, indeed. Outside of the, “Look at me, I have an iPhone!” factor I can’t imagine why you’d want this. Plus, I agree that it would be useless and annoying if it negatively affected battery life.
    * Built-in compass–This is a bit odd, but anything is possible. You can get limited compass functionality through a compass app.
    * Built-in FM transmitter–This would be a first for Apple, so I’m suspicious. But I’d like it.
    * Other physical changes–AppleiPhoneApps says the metal border might go away and the new model could have a sleeker profile and a rubber tread on its backside. Personally, I think the iPhone is sleek enough already, but some CNET readers have said the opposite. The rubber tread would protect against falls, I suppose. The blog also mentioned an OLED display.

AppleiPhoneApps also promises a “revolutionary combination of the camera, GPS, compass, and Google maps” that will identify photos and photo locations. Now, while that sounds like just the sort of thing Apple would do, CNET News’ Daniel Terdiman rightly pointed out when we chatted recently that it wouldn’t be the first of its kind. Such an application is in development for the Android platform.

Monday, June 8, would be the earliest we’d learn the details on new iPhone models. That’s when Apple Vice President Phil Schiller will open the company’s Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco with a keynote address.

One analyst has suggested that an announcement could come later in the month following the return of CEO Steve Jobs, but most informed eyes are looking toward July as the magic month for both a new model and the formal release of the 3.0 update.

Of course, we’ll relay the details as soon as we know them. In the meantime, tell us what you think the new iPhone will have and what you’d like it to have. I know…better call quality is probably top of mind with many of you.

 
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