TMA’s excitement over Apple’s rumoured new hardware knows no bounds. With the expectation of OS 3.0, Snow Leopard and a possible iPhone hardware announcement at WWDC, there is little to keep our feet on the ground. Last year’s update brought a sleeker design, better headphone support, a cleaner signal, better reception, OS 2.0 and the App Store, longer battery life among other features that have kept the iPhone 3G a beautiful contender in the handset race.
This time around, the 3rd iPhone, already hot with rumours is expected to bring as many if not more upgrades to the platform than before. While noting is official, the long list of expected hardware changes has to be somewhere near the mark.
- 32GB and 16GB storage (up from the current 16GB and 8GB models)
- $199 and $299 price points to be maintained
- 3.2-megapixel camera (up from the current 2-megapixel camera)
- Video-recording and editing capabilities
- Ability to send a picture & video via MMS
- Discontinuation of the metal band surrounding the edge of the device
- OLED screen
- 1.5 times the battery life of the current models
- Double the RAM and processing power
- Built-in FM transmitter
- Apple logo on back will glow
- Rubber-tread backing
- Sleeker design
- Built-in compass
- The camera, GPS, compass and Google map combined will identify photo and inform about photo locations
- Turn-by-turn directions
In the meantime, there have been a few hardware introductions, specifically with regards to the iPhone’s graphics processor. Imagination Technologies PowerVR chip has gained true HD playback capability, but its implementation would still be contingent on Apple’s software drivers. Samsung’s OmniaHD has been sporting the chip for months and with Apple’s current fiscal slide, they need a miracle of a release to ensure that people will not migrate to other carriers or stick with older hardware. If the chip and Apple’s software can support backwards compatibility, the new PowerVR would be a great boost in not only video, but gaming performance.
Regarding the camera upgrade, it is about time. Apple’s 2.0 megapixel camera, while not an underachiever, says 2007 better than Core 2 Duo. It needs much better software support, including autofocus, video recording capabilities and even simple exposure settings.
We will see which rumours make the cut of course soon enough, but according to Wired’s source, the truth could be around the corner of 17 July.