A European wireless operator has let slip that the iPhone version expected to hit the market this summer will allow users to make video calls, which means that this upcoming smartphone will apparently have a front-facing camera.
The website of O2’s UK subsidiary naturally gives the prices iPhone users will pay for various services. Included on this list is the price for making video calls.
Of course, it’s quite possible this is a simple mixup by those responsible for putting data for a large number on phones on the website. On the other hand, this isn’t the first evidence that the next-generation iPhone will support video conferencing.
Developers looking around in the next version of the iPhone OS have found code that will allow devices running it to make and receive video calls, as well as switch between a front-facing and rear-facing camera.
More Camera Reports
Every iPhone so far has included a camera, but it has hardly been a focus of any of them. This may change ion the iPhone 4G.
The next model will supposedly have a 5 MPx camera, up from the 3 MPx one in the current version.
In addition, an unconfirmed report indicates that Apple’s next smartphone will have an LED flash to make photography possible in low-light areas.
iPhone 4G: What Else the Rumors Say
Apple has generally been very good at preventing solid information about its products from leaking out well ahead of their unveiling, but that hasn’t stopped the rumors from flying around the Web. However, as the next-generation iPhone isn’t expected to be announced until this summer, all of these are questionable.
A frequently-heard report is that that Verizon Wireless will get the iPhone next year, ending AT&T’s long-held role as exclusive U.S. provider of this smartphone. It might even be coming to T-Mobile and Sprint, too.
It’s possible the fourth-generation model will have twice the storage capacity of the current one: 64 GB.
In addition, the new version of Apple’s mobile operating system will supposedly include a spell-checker and a grammar-checker. The application launcher on the upcoming iPhone is reportedly going to support both portrait and landscape modes, too.
Naturally, many details are still unknown. It’s not even clear if Apple’s next smartphone will debut with iPhone OS 3.2 or version 4.0.