New details on the next iPhone have slipped out. The upcoming smartphone is reportedly going to have a higher screen resolution than many of its competitors, and the display will be easier to see in direct sunlight.
According to sources at phone component makers in Taiwan, the fourth-generation iPhone 4G’s display will have a resolution of 640 x 960, significantly higher than the 320 x 480 ones in all previous versions. It will also surpass the 480 x 640 screens used by many competitors based on Google’s Android OS and Microsoft’s Windows Mobile.
Two iPhone 4G prototypes have leaked out of Apple, giving the world an early look at the hardware on the upcoming device. They appear to have a higher resolution display than the current model, but the exact resolution couldn’t be determined from these units.
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The Taiwanese sources also say this screen will include IPS (in-plane switching) panels with FFS (fringe-field switching). The technologies increase the angles at which users can look at a display without colors being distorted.
The Apple iPad also uses these technologies, and the display has received critical praise.
The screen will reportedly be one-third thinner than the current display, giving this smartphone more room for a larger battery.
An Early Look at the iPhone HD
Although the formal unveiling of Apple’s next smartphone isn’t expected until next month, unconfirmed reports already offer many details about the model. For example, images that have leaked out show it sporting a new, less rounded look.
It’s expected to be the debut of iPhone OS 4.0, the first version of Apple’s operating system that will allow third-party applications to run in the background.
A prototype unit that somehow appeared in Vietnam is running this OS on an Apple A4 processor, a 1 GHz chip also used in the new iPad. The device will reportedly have 512 MB of RAM.
In addition to a 5 megapixel rear-facing camera, there is strong evidence that the next iPhone will support iChat video conferencing using a front-facing camera.
Apple has scheduled an event on June 22 at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, where all previous iPhones were unveiled, making this a likely date for the announcement of the fourth-generation version. Another possibility, though, is Apple’s World Wide Developer Conference, which will be held in San Francisco from June 7-11.
The model will certainly be offered by AT&T, but there are also reports that Verizon Wireless will be getting a version as well, ending AT&T’s long lock on this very popular model.
Production for the fourth-generation iPhone will reportedly begin in June, and will be done by Taiwan’s Foxconn. The company will supposedly produce 4.5 million units by the end of June, and 19.5 million units in the second half of the year.