Goldman Sachs analyst Robert Chen recently stated in an interview that the 4th gen iPhone will feature a touchscreen backpanel, akin to the recently released Mighty Mouse.
“Apple’s going to put a lot of innovation, not just on the hardware, but also on the software of the new iPhone,” Chen noted. Chen also corroborates earlier reports that Apple will be upgrading the camera on the iPhone to 5 megapixels, and though not brought up by Chen, other sources have indicated that Apple will include LED flash as well, which will do wonders to improve photo quality in low light environments.
While some sources have said that Apple will release a new iPhone model as early as April, Chen maintains that the new device won’t even go into production until April, which would suggest a June/July launch date.
When asked to comment, Apple spokesman Steve Dowling naturally responded, “We’re not going to comment on rumors and speculation.”
Obviously, the most intriguing thing here is a touch sensitive casing for the iPhone. We’re not entirely sure what such a feature would be useful for, but one idea is that users would be able to slide their fingers on the back to zoom in and out while taking photos.
Anyone else out there have any ideas?