MobileCrunch has a great piece outlining five super-cool things the iPhone could learn from its big brother, the iPad. But if you're not into reading long editorials, we'll try to sum it up for you.
First up is Bluetooth keyboard support. Not only does the iPad support that neato keyboard dock, you can simply pair a Bluetooth keyboard with it and go. Next is desktop file access, which lets you access files of any kind within any third-party app that supports it. Third-party apps can also support specific file types, which means that developers can broadcast their app's ability to read any file they want. The iPad can also create PDF documents, perfect for working with iWork apps, etc.
We've just received word from a good source that Verizon is informing regional reps that the iPhone will be available on Verizon this June. It's very likely that, if true, the deal will be announced during Apple's event tomorrow. Additionally, our source claims that the Verizon iPhone would be 4G in select markets.
Apple's media event starts tomorrow at 10AM Pacific at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco.
Talk of a Verizon iPhone settled down in recent months, but Peter Misek is re-igniting the fire, predicting that it is a likely announcement for the coming Apple media event. The Canaccord Adams analyst says that it will likely be alongside an introduction to iPhone OS 4.0 at the event scheduled to take place at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. Steve is known for his signature "One more thing..." announcements, often saving some of the most impressive or surprising announcements for last, and Misek believes his next one will be a Verizon iPhone, according to intel from "industry sources".
Engadget is reporting that Apple has begun sending out invitations to the press for a special event to "come see our latest creation." The event will be held on January 27th at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater in San Francisco at 10AM Pacific, just as we expected. Most rumors indicate that we'll be seeing an Apple tablet at the event, but we wouldn't be surprised if there was some tie-in with the iPhone and possibly a preview of iPhone OS 4.0. We should be covering the event, assuming our invites come!
Check out the full-sized invite below!
The next iPhone might be half Magic Mouse, according to Bloomberg analyst Robert Chen. He says that the next iPhone will not only have a touch-sensative screen on the front of the device, but will also have a multitouch surface on the back of the device as well, implemented in a similar way to Apple's Magic Mouse, which replaces mechanical buttons with a multitouch surface across the top of its plastic shell.
Remember that mystery executive at KT (the exclusive iPhone carrier in South Korea) who said the iPhone would be doing a mini-launch in April and sport the ARM Cortex-A9 2GHz processor? Apparently that wasn't all he said. He also claims that the next iPhone will have video chat capabilities, an OLED screen, and last but definitely not least, a removable battery.
We've been hearing wishy-washy rumors about a front-facing camera that would facilitate video chatting on the iPhone, but nothing has ever come of it. It's not totally unreasonable to expect one, though.
The next iPhone will be here in limited supply in April, and be more powerful than previous models, according to a Korean newspaper. They say that Apple will be doing a sort of test run by offering the next generation iPhone to corporate sponsors as soon as April. It will also reportedly contain a dual-core processor, giving it significantly more braun than prior models.
For the second time today, an Apple product rumor is making waves out of France. What we hear is a popular local magazine is claiming to have information also from "some mobile operators" that Apple is planning to release the next iPhone in May of this year instead of around June/July like they have been doing in the past.
A pair of recently released Apple patents hint that an upcoming iPhone may sport things like location sharing and the long-anticipated front-facing camera. The first describes a way to share location information with friends. You would simply send your location in a text or instant messenger application and they would open it up in the Maps app. We're guessing this will be implemented using the tech from the mapping company Apple acquired last October.
A recent job opening posted by Apple on their website may hint at 802.11n Wi-Fi in the next iPhone. After the third generation iPod touch was found to contain the Broadcom BCM4329 chip capable of 802.11n (but only enabled for 802.11g) it was suspected that the faster protocol was just on the horizon. This advertisement, which is looking for a software engineer specializing in Wi-Fi protocols to join the iPhone team, would appear to be intended for just that purpose.