Apple is expected to release a new iPhone this summer, and there’s been a lot of speculation as to the date. A bit of detective work has turned up strong evidence for an announcement in the fourth week in June.
Apple has officially announced its three previous smartphones at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. The company has a reservation for an event on June 22, so it isn’t a tremendous leap of logic to assume that’s a possible day for the iPhone 4G’s unveiling.
In the past, Apple has announced its new smartphones well before releasing them, so it’s possible that the next one won’t actually launch on June 22.
Is It the Apple iPhone HD?
Although the formal unveiling is potentially months away, numerous unconfirmed reports give many details about the upcoming model.
It will supposedly be called the iPhone HD and sport a 3.7-inch Touchscreen with much greater resolution than the current model, possible 960 x 640 pixels. All previous iPhone OS devices have a 3.5-inch, HVGA (320 x 480 pixels) screen.
This is likely going 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.
In addition, it’s possible the fourth-generation model will have 64 GB of storage capacity, twice the amount of the current one. It’s also expected to be based on an Apple A4 chip similar to the one in the new iPad.
Another unconfirmed report says the upcoming device will have a 5 MPx camera with flash, and there is evidence that the smartphone will have a front-facing camera and support video conferencing.
There have also been persistent reports that Verizon Wireless and possibly other carriers will get the iPhone this summer, ending AT&T’s long-held role as the exclusive U.S. provider of the smartphone.