The unveiling of the next iPhone is widely expected to come a week from today, but details of this model have been leaking out for months. The latest of these is a set of screenshots allegedly showing off some of the new features.
These images first appeared in a Chinese-language forum, and have since been removed. As often happens with “spy” shots they are blurry, but these are good enough to reveal a bit about the next-generation smartphone from Apple.
It has been rumored for some time that the upcoming iPhone will have a digital compass, and one of the leaked images goes a long way toward confirming this (see image at left).
Apple has promised to add voice memos to the the iPhone’s feature list, and the screen for handling this is supposedly among the leaked shots.
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Support for MMS is another feature that Apple has confirmed, but support for video recording is still at the rumor stage. Still, one of the leaked images shows that users will be able to attach video to a MMS message.
According to earlier reports, the built-in camera will allow users to record and edit videos, and then share these with friends and family.
What to Expect in the Next iPhone
According to information that has leaked out of Apple, the third-generation iPhone will be an evolutionary rather than a revolutionary model. Its feature set will be improved, but not dramatically so.
This device will allegedly have basically the same shape and size as the current model, and also the same screen. According to one source this may be a OLED display, though.
According to unconfirmed reports, the next iPhone will be based on a 600 MHz processor, have 256 MB of RAM, and a 3.2 MPx camera. There will be two versions: the 16 GB one is expected to sell for $200, while the 32 GB one will cost $300.
Many of the enhancements in this device will come from its new system software, and will also be available to the current model. This includes support for cut, copy, and paste, MMS. Stereo Bluetooth, as well as peer-to-peer gaming.
In addition, the next-generation iPhone will almost certainly support the 7.2 Mbps 3G network that AT&T is currently putting into place, doubling its download speed when connected to a cellular-wireless network.
Announcement Soon, Release Later
Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference kicks off on June 8, and many are expecting the new iPhone to be unveiled at this event. It won’t be released at that time though — unconfirmed reports say that will happen on July 17.
Via iPhone Buzz