Friday, May 21, 2010

The new iPhone 4G ?

New iPhone ( HD or 4G )
Apple is expected to introduce the new iPhone ( probably named 4G or HD ) at the Worldwide Developer Conference  in San Francisco from June 7 to June 10.

Apple issued the fourth beta of the iPhone OS on 18 May , and it was immediately dissected in a search for clues on what's ahead for the company's mobile software.

Based on the lost prototypes reviewed by Gizmodo and Engadget ( links below )  the following features seems certain :

- Arm Cortex A8 processor  presumably in a Apple A4 class  chip .  A4 is a system-on-a-chip, or SOC, that integrates the main processor, graphics silicon, and other functions like the memory controller on one piece of silicon. The A4 chip is custom-designed by Apple to be extremely powerful yet extremely power-efficient

-  512MB memory module from Samsung Electronics, doubling the memory capacity seen in the iPhone 3GS to take advantage of the multi-tasking capability of the iPhone 4.0 platform

- Front-facing camera , which is a near guarantee that Apple will be bringing a version of video chatting

 - Improved regular back-camera with LED flash  - noticeable larger lens and possibly is 5 MP

- Micro-SIM instead of standard SIM (like the iPad)

- Improved display. Possibly  960x640 resolution which is a  much higher resolution than on a 3GS ( 320 x 480 ) .  It will also surpass the 480 x 640 screens used by many competitors based on Google's Android OS and Microsoft's Windows Mobile. Possibly Super Amoled.

 - A secondary mic for noise cancellation at the top, next to the headphone jack

-  Bigger battery 16% larger battery at 5.25 WHr instead of the 3GS's 4.51 WHr -  Internals components are shrunken, miniaturized and reduced to make room for the larger battery

-  Storage - rumor of 80 GB . Since flash storage is typically sized in powers of 2 (16GB, 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, etc.), it's an odd number, but it would make sense if Apple has somehow managed to find room for two flash chips and decided to pair 16GB and 64GB modules -- which would be much cheaper than a single 128GB chip.

- The phone sports a glass front, but instead of the rounded bezel there's a flat metal band running around the sides creating an ice cream sandwich of sorts. Around back is a flat  glass-like back.

- An aluminum border going completely around the outside- All-metal side buttons. The mute switch, lock button, and volume buttons (now two separate circles instead of a rocker) are all silver colored now and made of metal. One potential for the newly separated volume buttons are as dedicated camera controls when the camera app is open

- OS4 beta indicates  the addition of tethering, which enables users to connect the iPhone to a laptop and let it serve as the means for 3G network Internet access.

Links to the above summary :

Production for the fourth-generation iPhone will reportedly begin in June, and will be done by Taiwan's Foxconn. The company will supposedly produce 4.5 million units by the end of June, and 19.5 million units in the second half of the year.

Videos of the prototype  :

Gizmodo's Jason Chen demo :

Videos from a Vietnam source :

For some fun :

Dilbert's view of the lost iPhone :

David Letterman's Show :  Top 10 excuses of losing an iPhone

Other related links :

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