According to a sudden burst of rumors, Apple is going to release a model called the iPhone HD early this summer. This will supposedly live up to its name by sporting a high definition Touchscreen with a resolution much greater than the current model.
One unconfirmed source indicates that Apple’s next smartphone will have a 960 by 640 pixel display. All previous iPhone OS devices have had an HVGA (320 by 480 pixels) screen.
However, Apple’s top competitors regularly offer smartphones with WVGA (800 by 480 pixels) screens, and many have been wondering if the next-generation iPhone will move up to a higher resolution.
For the second time, a phone repair shop has obtained what it claims is a pre-release version of the Touchscreen that will be used on the next-generation iPhone.
This company, SmartPhoneMedic, has posted a video comparing the screen from an iPhone 3G with the new one. So far, all of Apple’s smartphones and handhelds have have had a 3.5-inch display, but the next-generation will supposedly have one that is about 3.7 inches.
As mentioned earlier, this is the second phone repair company to claim to have a display from the iPhone 4G, and both pre-release units appear to be the same size and shape.
Neither of these sources said anything about screen resolution.
Something for Verizon and Sprint
There have been persistent reports is that Verizon Wireless and possibly other carriers will get the iPhone this summer, ending AT&T’s long-held role as exclusive U.S. provider of this smartphone.
The Wall Street Journal has weighed in on this topic, reporting being told by unnamed sources that Apple is working on smartphone for carriers that use the CDMA standard, which includes Verizon and Sprint.
What the Earlier Rumors Say
As the fourth-generation iPhone gets nearer to release, leaked details, speculation, and rumors have begun flying around the Internet. Some are plausible, many are contradictory.
One of the biggest changes could be to the operating system, not the hardware. People combing through the next version of the iPhone OS have found references to multitasking scattered throughout it, raising the possibility that this version will offer support for running multiple third-party apps at the same time.
In addition, it’s possible the fourth-generation model will have twice the storage capacity of the current one: 64 GB. It’s also expected to be based on an Apple A$ chip similar to the one in the new iPad.
Another unconfirmed report says this upcoming device will have a 5 MPx camera with flash, and there is evidence that this smartphone will support video conferencing.
Coming this Summer
For three years now, Apple has released an iPhone in late spring or early summer, and it is widely expected to do so again.
One unconfirmed report has tried to pin this down to a date: June 22.