Technologic: New iPhone...

Saturday, June 6, 2009

So, the word on the street is that Apple is set to release the newest iPhone generation real July 17th soon! Here's a list of what the new iPhone could offer, along with my comments. AppleiPhoneApps is also predicting that the $199 and $299 price tags will remain.

A 32GB model--We've expected this for some time. What's more, it would be welcome.
  • Double the RAM and processing power--Ditto here. Hopefully, Apple will add background processing as, as well.
  • A 3.2-megapixel camera with video-recording capabilities--We've been hearing about this for a while, as well. But while Apple is at it, we'd also like more camera editing features.
  • Ability to send a pictures and video via MMS--The iPhone 3.0 software update will add the ability to send photos with MMS so videos would make sense too.
  • Turn-by-turn directions--We'll also get this with the 3.0 update. The feature won't be native, but it will come through apps.
  • 1.5x the battery life--The short battery life is one of the iPhone 3G's biggest flaws. I'd look forward to this improvement the most.
  • Apple logo on the rear side will light up--This one is random, indeed. Outside of the, "Look at me, I have an iPhone!" factor I can't imagine why you'd want this. Plus, I agree that it would be useless and annoying if it negatively affected battery life.
  • Built-in compass--This is a bit odd, but anything is possible. You can get limited compass functionality through a compass app.
  • Built-in FM transmitter--This would be a first for Apple, so I'm suspicious. But I'd like it.
  • Other physical changes--AppleiPhoneApps says the metal border might go away and the new model could have a sleeker profile and a rubber tread on its backside. Personally, I think the iPhone is sleek enough already, but some CNET readers have said the opposite. The rubber tread would protect against falls, I suppose. The blog also mentioned an OLED display.
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