You read right, the next-generation iPhone should correct the number one criticism about the phone that even the iPad has not. It will run more than one app at the same time.
This one’s a simple matter of connecting the dots: Apple traditionally ties every iPhone OS update to the launch of a new device, so a fourth-generation iPhone is almost synonymous with iPhone OS 4.0. AppleInsider reports that “people with a proven track record in predicting Apple’s technological advances” have confirmed that iPhone OS 4.0 will support multi-tasking, and Mr. Gruber concurs.
Available on Verizon, Maybe
According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple is working on a CDMA version of the iPhone that should go into production this September. Unfortunately, we still have no idea whether this and the “upgraded iPhone” are the same device. It could be that Apple will announce the slick new iPhone HD for AT&T this summer, then drop a CDMA iPhone 3G S on Verizon this fall. Because Verizon plans to roll out the first pieces of its 4G LTE network by the end of 2010 and AT&T has been lollygagging behind on 4G, the tables could also turn the other way. Apple could release a mild refresh of the iPhone for AT&T this summer, and offer Verizon a supped-up new 4G version later on.
Great, another camera. This little tidbit from John Gruber may sound fairly pedestrian, but it’s really implying a much bigger feature: video conferencing. A front-facing camera will allow you to view the screen at the same time you shoot yourself with it, not only opening boundless opportunities for MySpace photos, but for Skype-style video conferencing on the go.
If you want to take the next logical implied step in sleuthing, a front-facing camera is also a checkmark in support of 4G, since the intense bandwidth used by two-way video communication probably wouldn’t fly too well over typical 3G connections.
Announcement coming June 22, Launch this Summer
When will we actually hear the real deal on this thing? Tuesday, June 22, if any anonymous Engadget tipster can be believed.
Students of history won’t find much to balk about with the general timeframe here. Apple has announced a new iPhone every summer since the first generation back in 2007, and we have no reason to suspect it has gone and changed its act for 2010. However, both the iPhone 3G and 3G S were announced at Apple’s Worldwide Developer’s Conference at Moscone Center in San Francisco, which sources suggest Apple has booked for June 28 through July 2 this year.