Apple is almost certainly going to take the wraps off its fourth-generation iPhone tomorrow. This model is expected to be a significant upgrade from the current one.
In the past, the company has been fairly good about keeping the details of its upcoming products from leaking out before the formal unveiling, but not this time. Virtually everything is already known about the smartphone Steve Jobs is going to announce at tomorrow’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC).
According to unconfirmed reports, this device will be called the iPhone HD, and have a Touchscreen with IPS and a resolution of 640 x 960, significantly higher than the 320 x 480 ones in all previous versions, and even higher than the 480 x 640 screens used by many competitors. Still, the actual size of the display won’t be much different.
Its 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.
It will supposedly be based 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.
The iPhone HD will almost certainly offer other features users have come to expect, like 3G wireless networking, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and a GPS receiver.
Pricing and Availability
Even if Steve Jobs takes the wraps off the next iPhone tomorrow, it’s not clear if this will be the actual release date for this model. In the past, Apple has announced its smartphones and then put them on the market later.
Many are expecting AT&T to launch this product in mid to late June. Numerous unconfirmed reports indicate that Verizon Wireless will introduce a version later in the year.
The fourth-generation iPhone is expected to offer twice as much internal storage capacity at the same prices at the current models: a 32 GB version will go for $200 while the 64 GB one will sell for $300.
In addition, it’s considered likely by many that AT&T will continue to offer the 16 GB version of the current iPhone 3GS for $100 after the fourth-generation models are released.