With the iPad launch out of the way, the internet can now return to its normal springtime routine of leaking next generation iPhone details, of varying legitimacy. Today the rumor comes in the form of photos. The images are of what could be the back of the new iPhone to be released this summer.
The new design is evidently inspired by the iPad's aluminum shell, and taken at face value the images are fairly convincing. However, rational analysis brings a few problems to bear. The metadata in the images indicate that each picture has been passed through Adobe Photoshop CS4, an excellent photo doctoring application.
Yesterday the Wall Street Journal started rumors that Apple plans to begin producing a new iPhone, with the majority of the article focusing on Apple's relationship with AT&T and the possibility of the new phone offering CDMA capabilities (meaning it would work with Verizon or Sprint). Shortly after the WSJ article, John Gruber of Daring Fireball ridiculed the WSJ rumor article and subtlely provided some interesting details that may or may not be included on the next gen iPhone. Not to be outdone, Engadget jumped on the iPhone rumor bandwagon with a release date and a name for the unannounced new iPhone. Regardless of the accuracy of these rumors, based on Apple's history with iPhone refreshes, we can expect something new out of Cupertino in June.
Below is a wrap-up of the 4th generation iPhone rumors.
A series of new leaked photos on Apple.pro show that the glass face, LCD, and digitizer of the upcoming fourth-generation iPhone may in fact be all one piece, like the original iPhone, and not separate components as they are on the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS. In the upcoming version of the iPhone handset, the faceplate appears to be slightly taller than that of the iPhone and iPhone 3G/3GS, and features a circular hole to the left of the handset speaker that is supposedly for a front-facing camera.
Per iLounge, a source close to the story cites the source as not knowing whether the component was from a fourth-generation iPhone prototype, but offered a vide from Colombian repair shop SmartPhoneMedic that shows what is claimed to be the faceplate from a fourth-generation iPhone as compared to an iPhone 3G.
Rumors are swirling around about Apple possibly announcing lower-cost iPhone models in June. This one comes from Katy Huberty with Morgan Stanley, who points out that cost of the device and the plan that goes with it are hands-down the biggest factors deterring people from buying iPhones. She predicts Apple is going to respond to this by announcing models with a lower over-all cost of ownership.
"We expect Apple to launch new iPhones in June that offer both a lower total cost of ownership and new functionality, potentially including gesture-based technology," she wrote in her most recent note to investors.
She even has a fancy graph. Check it out:
Repair site iResQ has posted photos of what they claim are parts from the iPhone 4G, which is expected to be announced later this year. Specifically, iResQ has what looks like an iPhone screen, only it's 1/4" taller than the current models. The site also notes that the screen is glued to the digitizer, which would make screen repair of the next-generation device more costly than 3G and 3GS models.
iResQ also points out that the part has a reflective, mirror-like surface right above the earpiece. They assume that this is where a proximity sensor would be located, which also happens to be a different location than previous models. Although iResQ has been around for a while, it's difficult to determine if this is a production part or just a prototype. Of course it might not be from an iPhone at all, but the photos are very convincing.
Check out the pics below!
For a while, having a 5-megapixel camera in your smartphone was considered to be pretty hot stuff, but HD video is quickly becoming the next big thing for smartphones. Now a few hints are starting to come together that may be a sign that the iPhone will be jumping on the HD video bandwagon in the next revision.
Today's blogosphere has seen more little birdies sing than a bird watching society, with insider sources leaking top-secret info left and right about the goings-on behind Apple's shroud of secrecy. One source has Apple signing a new contract with another manufacturer to make iPhone components overseas, while another source says Apple is finally taking a serious look at USB 3.0 technology and has already begun testing the tech, a claim that was soon denied by one of the parties allegedly involved.
Now that clever people have had time to poke around inside the iPad's SDK (which was released last week), Engadget is reporting that one clever tipster has found evidence of a new device. Buried within the SDK's frameworks, their tipster found what they claim is an internal model number for a new iPhone. Additionally, the iPhone OS 3.1.3 Software Update which was released today has references to model number N80, which Engadget has been told is the next iPod touch.
While these discoveries are definitely of interest, it's no surprise that Apple is working on next-gen versions of the iPhone and iPod touch. Rumors of the next-gen iPhone have been floating around since November of last year, and we do expect to see something this summer.
During last week's flurry of iPad rumors and leaks, photos of what looks like the next generation iPhone have been ignored for about a week. According to AppleInsider, people with "an impeccable track record in matters such as these" say that Engadget's leaked iPad photos also show a next-generation iPhone prototype. However, because the photos are oddly blurry, AppleInsider asked if Engadget had photos of higher quality, which they don't.
Interestingly, the iPhone pictured doesn't show the shiny metal bezel around its perimeter. It could indicate that the next iPhone lacks the chrome, but it's more likely that the iPhone is in a protective case, similar to the iPad below it.
After playing with the iPad, the one thing everyone agrees upon is that it's really fast. It's also extremely power-effiecient, sporting 10 hours of video playback and over a month of standby time. Now if you were paying attention during the keynote, you'll know that the iPad's speed and low power consumption comes from its use of Apple's custom-designed A4 system-on-a-chip. It opens apps faster, flips orientations faster, and even allows for some cool, new graphical effects. So if Apple has a super chip that runs the iPhone OS at super speeds, where will we see it next?
According to analysts (who totally have engineering degrees), we might see an iPhone with a scaled-down A4 chip as early as July. It likely won't be as fast in order to preserve battery life, but it should provide significant speed boosts as well as increased battery life. And because the A4 is believed to be based on a similar ARM-based architecture as the iPhone's current CPU, there's no reason why it shouldn't happen.