When it rains it pours.
On Monday evening the WSJ posted an article detailing Apple’s plans to release the iPhone on Verizon. Well “detailing” might be too strong a word, a fact that Daring Fireball’s John Gruber made sure to drive home when he labeled the Journal’s report as a “lame entry in the iPhone Rumors Game.”
Gruber then sarcastically (but not really) listed out a number of new features expected to show up in the next iteration of the iPhone, including a 960×640 double resolution display, a front facing camera, multitasking support in iPhone OS 4, and last but not least, the inclusion of Apple’s in-house A4 processor.
Wow. That’s a lot to take in, but remember that Steve Jobs has already called the next iPhone release an “A+ upgrade” and Gruber’s predictions, if true, would certainly fit the bill. And adding fuel to the iPhone rumor fire is an Engadget report stating that the next-gen iPhone will be dubbed the “iPhone HD.”
While the most recent iPhone model, the 3GS, offered noticeable speed improvements, it didn’t exactly come with a lot new bells and whistles. With Apple looking to maintain, if not expand, its lead over Android and an assortment of other second place contenders, you can bet your bottom dollar that the next iPhone will be jaw dropping and will further cement Apple as the premier handset manufacturer on the planet.
Regarding the rumored inclusion of the A4 in the iPhone, we should point out that a commonly heard theme emanating from the few lucky souls who were able to get their hands on the device centered on how fast and reliably the A4 processor performed, a feat made all the more impressive when you consider the large 9.7-inch screen the processor has to power. Put that baby into the iPhone and it’s gonna scream.
Now as for the “iPhone HD” moniker, a Digitimes report from last December suggested that the next-gen iPhone will come equipped with a 5 megapixel camera from Omnivision. Now why is this important? Well, this past June, Omnivision announced a 5 megapixel OV5650 Image Sensor for mobile devices capable of capturing 720P quality video at 60 fps. So while it’s admittedly to early to tell if that’s the specific image sensor Apple will include in the next iteration of the iPhone, you’ve gotta imagine that if Apple is planning to release what sounds like a pro version of the iPhone, it’s gonna dress to impress.
UPDATE: Leaked photos of the next-gen iPhone emerge. Front facing camera confirmed, along with 16% larger battery, micro-sim slot, slimmer form factor, and refreshed industrial design.