Photos of what looks like the next iPhone running OS 3.0 have surfaced on a Chinese blog. The photos show how recording video and auto-focusing will work within the camera app. Auto-focus works by focusing on a point in the image, shown by a blue outline which can be moved by tapping anywhere on the screen. If the photos are legitimate, then the autofocusing capabilities will be pretty incredible and should have a very noticeable difference, as you can see.
We first saw photos of what was claimed to be the plastic back casing of the unreleased next generation iPhone back in February, which showed a matte black finish, unlike the current generation's shiny plastic. Now another photograph has surfaced that compares the matte black component the shiny plastic back casing of the current generation iPhone 3G.
According to DigiTimes, five manufacturers of printed circuit boards (PCBs) for the next generation of iPhone have started making shipments of the components. Nanya Printed Circuit Board, Tripod Technology and Unimicron Technology have allgedly been confirmed as the official suppliers of HDI (high-density interconnect) boards for the new iPhone. If true, it would lead us to believe that the assembly process should begin in the relatively near future.
What appears to be the bezel component and LCD screen for a next-generation iPhone has been discovered on Chinese parts supplier ChinaOnTrade. Changes to the part are difficult to discern from the photograph, but iLounge was able to point out a few noticeable differences. Photos claiming to be the next generation's LCD screen were also posted.
iLounge is now reporting that the next version of the iPhone will be available in a total of six different versions: there will be two different storage capacities available in a 3G model, 'enhanced' 3G ("3.5G/3.75G"), and a model specific to mainland China. They claim that so far their source has a perfect track record and they express confidence in their information.
AreaMobile.de reports that for a brief time, T-Mobile Austria had an ad up for an "iPhone 32GB", but was quickly removed. At the same time, MacTalk.com.au reported that sources were saying Vodafone had sent out an email to retail staff that said the 16GB iPhone had been marked "end of life" by their supplier, lending credibility to the idea of a 32GB iPhone.
A recent job listing appeared on Apple.com that may hint at more powerful ARM processors for the iPhone and iPod touch down the road. The position, titled High Perform/Low Level Programmer, asks for someone with detailed knowledge of the ARM processor and the vector unit NEON (wiki), an extended instruction set used for accelerating multimedia applications.
iPhone rumor site Apple iPhone Apps is claiming to have information that a new iPhone will be launched on July 17. They also posted several unreleased specifications, including storage capacity increases, higher camera quality, better battery life, an OLED screen, and minor alterations of the physical appearance.
According to Yair Reiner, an analyst at Oppenheimer, Apple may be looking to offer multiple models of iPhone differentiated by software instead of hardware. He claims to have met with several Apple executives who allegedly said: “[The] iPhone is still in its early days and could gain share by: providing more functionality, lowering prices, growing geographically, or segmenting the market with different models.”
Now that people have realized that Steve Jobs wasn't going to make it back to Apple in time for WWDC to announce a new iPhone, analysts now believe the announcement will happen upon his return in late June. Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster now says he thinks Apple is planning a second event after WWDC to coincide with the return of Jobs, at which time a new iPhone and other big announcements will be revealed.