Speculation: New next gen iPhone with OLED and video recording?
Since iPhone 3.0 was revealed last week, a number of clever people who have access to the developers beta version of the OS firmware 3.0 have been able to explore it in more depth. A number of details have now been spotted, much more than what was announced and talked about at the presentation last week.
Within days of testing out the new firmware and examining its infrastructure, these folks have spotted details which suggests the following:
- New iPhone and new iPod Touch in the making?
- Next iPhone to sport video recording?
OLED is also something that the iPhone has always been in desperate need of having, the major benefit is of course saving and improving battery life. While there is no evidence at all to suggest this OLED within the latest firmware, it does sound reasonable, but what are the chances of this happening? Read on to find out more below…
New iPhone and new iPod Touch in the making?
BGR were tipped by a developer who noticed a some new “labels” out of the new firmware. Because Apple uses model numbers to distinguish between different hardware models. The original iPhone carried the model number of iPhone 1,1 while the 3G iPhone is labeled iPhone 1,2. These numbers do not change for simple storage increases and instead represent functionally different devices. Similarly, the iPod Touch was originally introduced as the iPod 1,1 and the most recent hardware revision was labeled iPod2,1. And as such the 2,1 iPod Touch added a speaker, volume controls, microphone support and a much faster processor than the 1st generation model. These new model numbers can be found in the USBDeviceConfiguration.plist in an unencrypted firmware. It was found within the new firmware 3.0 that it had referenced to not one but three new iPhone and iPod Touch models altogether: “iPhone2,1″, “iPhone3,1″ and “iPod3,1″ as seen below:
From the looks of the screenshot above (there’s alot more coding where that came from here if you’re interested), it does look like as if two new iPhones could be coming but when? If you go by what Apple’s Phil Schiller have said in the past about iPhone’s annual product cycle, its difficult to say definitely but we can speculate to see these new iPhones and iPod Touch models likely in the coming June.
Next iPhone to sport video recording?
So having just talked about why we believe its convincing to say a new iPhone and iPod Touch could be on the horizon. Engadget spotted something that could be interpreted in two ways. The screen as shown shows up when you try to upload photos to MobileMe. Engadget Mobile who found this interesting screenshot believe that it’s a typo as it shows up while trying to upload photos. However, in contrast Mac Rumors feels that it suggests the iPhone could finally be getting this well sought after feature after two generations. Despite the iPhone’s limitations in terms of camera quality, the iPhone is believe it or not the most popular camera phone used, so seeing the screenshot below comes as no surprise to me that Apple would want to further exploit their already existing advantage over other phones and bring in video recording functionality in the next generation iPhone. If this is true, then we suspect that the next gen iPhone will definitely also need a proper flash as well as a better processor. We’d love to hear your thoughts on this, do you think its just a typo or do you think Apple have got some plans in place?
OLED coming to the next iPhone?
Smarthouse, an Australian tech site has claimed to have received sources from LG in Korea regarding this rumor (along with a whole bunch of mumble-jumble that don’t necessarily tie in with the iPhone but somehow seem to show a connection), they have stated the following:
“It’s believed that a new iPhone and iPod Touch due later this year will include an OLED screen made by LG who last year scored a multibillion dollar deal to manufacture display screens for Apple.”
Of course, who wouldn’t want to see the next gen iPhone get equipped with OLED? Our current iPhones aren’t bad but making use of OLED instead of LED-backlight display would mean that it could save much more power by not having to rely on any backlight at all to function. This would significantly reduce demands on the iPhone’s battery, which has always been an ongoing issue, thus OLED could increasing battery life, talk time, play time, etc, per charge. Having OLED in iPhones also means a much thinner LCD panel along with a greater range of colours, brightness, contrast and viewing angle than normal existing LCDs because OLED pixels directly emit light. So what does everyone think? Having OLED would be fab, however OLEDs are expensive and are made of materials with shorter lifespan, while it may be inevitable that a device with such qualities will be out in the future, do you think Apple would be launching such a phone later this year?