Developers are continuing to dig through the new 3.0 firmware beta and have uncovered two possible new features that may be evidence of an upcoming hardware revision. Driver support for a new Broadcom Wi-Fi chip suggests the addition of high-speed 802.11n Wi-Fi in a future iPhone. Meanwhile, a few new interface elements have shown up on the video uploading screenshot found a while back, suggesting that the next iPhone will have a few basic video editing capabilities in addition to the ability to record and upload video. [via MacRumors, TUAW]
A brief report from DigiTimes earlier today claims to have information from market sources that Apple has placed orders for both 3.2-megapixel CMOS image sensors (CIS) and 5-megapixel camera components with manufacturer OmniVision. It is said that the 3.2-megapixel camera is for use in a next-generation iPhone product, while the 5-megapixel camera will be use in another unknown Apple product to launch later this year.
Since Imagination Technologies revealed that Apple was their mysterious client, and that they are the ones making the chips for the iPhone and iPod touch, there has been a lot of speculation as to what it could possibly mean for the future of the iPhone and iPod touch. Now, they have posted some job openings that might point to OpenCL acceleration in future models.
Imagination Technologies Group has sent out a press release revealing that the anonymous client is in fact Apple, confirming that they are the makers of the PowerVR 3D chipset used in the iPhone and iPod touch. It also revealed that Apple is "subscribing for" 8,200,000 new shares in the company. If successful, it would give Apple an ownership interest of 3.6% in the company. [via MacRumors]
Intel publicly admitted in a statement refuting a comment by one of their mid-level executives that Apple should have used their Moorestown chipset instead of the ARM, saying it wouldn't work due to different power concerns. Now one security researcher says that's not the only reason. There's another, and it's a big one.
Some users have been experiencing problems with their iPhone's Wi-Fi connectivity. Users have reported instances with both iPhones and iPhone 3Gs where it suddenly can't locate an existing local network. Thankfully, Apple seems to be replacing the affected units for users who bring their iPhone to the Genius Bar, noting "hardware issues".
An Intel executive was badmouthing the iPhone's ARM processor yesterday, claiming it wasn't powerful enough to run powerful apps and should've been replaced with an Intel chip instead. Now a higher ranking executive has corrected the comment in a public statement issued on the Intel website.
The main thing holding the iPhone back right now is its under-powered ARM processors, according to Intel. Pankaj Kedia, Director of Ecosystems in the ultra-mobility group of the company, commented at the Intel Developer Forum in Taiwan yesterday that the iPhone's processors aren't powerful enough for intensive apps, and are holding back the cellphone industry.
Imagination Technologies has recently been contracted into a supplying an anonymous partner company with its current and future graphics and video cores. The new licensing agreement states that the unnamed company will be paying Imagination Technologies royalties throughout the life of the contract. The contract may also lead to a line of new graphics cores to be used as components of future products. Many suspect that Apple is the anonymous partner.
One of the many restrictions the iPhone SDK imposes is that apps aren't allowed to communicate with third party hardware connected to the device, meaning, among other things, no hardware game controller add-ons. However, that may be about to change. According to Touch Arcade, a diagram of an unknown game controller add-on is actually a legitimate future product in the works from Belkin.