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Is This The Next Gen iPhone? Rumor Roundup

June 8, 2009 by Ryan Ray 

Finally the day is here, the 2009 WWDC Keynote is only a few mere hours away. The excitement keeps building for me and I hope it is doing so for everyone else. I know here at this site us iPhone nuts are expecting some big news, and big announcements as well. From not only some news about Snow Leopard, which could see it’s release any day now supposedly, to an update to Apple’s laptops that could be looming. The thing we REALLY want to see is some iPhone news. There’s been a crazy amount of rumors swirling around the internet, but I wanted to provide a short roundup of what is expected, so follow along. This is from Macrumors.com as I believe they provide the best roundup of anyone.

The product that seems to be getting the most attention ahead of the keynote is the next iPhone. Especially with the recent attention the Palm Pre has gotten as a potential “iPhone killer”, everyone is eager to see what Apple is preparing for their next iteration. The Palm Pre, itself, provides some hints at what technology could realistically be delivered in the new iPhone.

The Palm Pre uses the ARM Cortex-A8 processor which represents the next generation ARM processor that is currently used in the iPhone. Apple is certain to use the ARM Cortex as it provides “the highest performance, most power-efficient” ARM processor available. Apple’s job listings have also revealed that they are looking for ARM Cortex-specific programmers to take advantage of the more advanced features of the processor.

As well, Apple is believed to have licensed future 3D graphics chips from Imagination Technologies. Apple currently utilizes the 4th generation of this graphics chip, though the 5th generation is now available and ready for use. This new graphics chip will allow for more advanced 3D graphics on the next iPhone.

This information is also in line with reports by John Gruber who suggest that the next iPhone will be disproportionately faster than the current iPhone.

Other features that seem almost certain at this point based on the mounting evidence include:

- Magnetometer (MacRumors, Boy Genius Report, AppleInsider, Daring Fireball, UMPCFever)
- Auto Focus Camera (MacRumors, UMPCFever)
- Video (MacRumors, Engadget Mobile, Boy Genius Report, Businessweek)
- 4GB to 32GB sizes (Engadget, AreaMobile.de, Tweakers.net, Analyst)
- 7.2 Mbps 3G (AT&T, Boy Genius Report, MacRumors, Silicon Alley Insider, iLounge).

Surprisngly enough, this final list matches up well with an anonymous post from a Chinese forum, so it’ll be interesting to see how right those details were after the event.
Despite the multitude of possible case designs that have been circulating around the internet, most of them are either believed to be fake or have been proven to be fake. The most credible case leak came in February when a matte iPhone case appeared forum sources in China. This possibility of a Matte case was later repeated by iLounge which has had a good record in the past. Meanwhile, most of the depictions of front-facing iChat cameras have been artist renditions and we feel there has been no real evidence that Apple will be launching that feature tomorrow.

iPhone 3.0 will certainly be discussed during the WWDC keynote and a launch date will also likely be announced.

Like I said I believe Macrumors’ roundup to be very sound and the most plausible of what could happen today. There is always something that doesn’t quite come true, but to counter that there is usually some surprise that no one had seen coming. For instance, they may not even announce a new iPhone today haha. That would be one sick joke that Apple would pull on us. If you are able and want to catch the live feeds of people who are in the Keynote at WWDC I’d use these three links and group them in your browser of choice.

Macrumors LIVE
Engadget LIVE
Gizmodo LIVE

The keynote starts at 1pm and if you check out Engadgets site really quick you can see when it starts in your time zone. I’ll list them for you anyway though…

07:00AM – Hawaii
10:00AM – Pacific
11:00AM – Mountain
12:00PM – Central
01:00PM – Eastern
06:00PM – London
07:00PM – Paris
02:00AM – Tokyo (June 9th)

So grab your popcorn, find your favorite seat and get ready for some great announcements from Apple. At least I’ve got my fingers crossed for some. Below I’ve posted what the internet seems to think are the most legit pictures of the iPhone 3G, could be known as the iPhone 3GS. Another new name, that we will find out about in a few hours.

iphone-back

new-iphone-backing-and-front-facing-camera

Thank you as always for reading. Let me know what you think about the new iPhone, before and after it’s announced. Let me know what you want, like, don’t like, etc… Thanks!

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