SAN JOSE, Calif. ó Apple Inc.'s next generation iPhone will use its new A4
applications processor and support video capture, based on pictures and videos
that appeared on the Internet Wednesday (May 19).
Several gadget blogs are showing pictures and videos
that show a slightly thicker iPhone marked as supporting 16 Gbytes memory with a
front-facing camera. The pictures include teardowns of a module with a chip
bearing the same part number (339S0084) as the Apple A4 processor used in the
"The pictures look pretty authentic, and they seem to be the same A4 from the
iPad," said Young Choi, a senior analyst with UBM TechInsights who has written
several reports on Apple products including an analysis of the A4.. UBM TechInsights is a division of United Business Media,
publisher of EE Times.
"This is basically a continuation of Apple's method of using new applications
processors in non-cellphone products before they go into an iPhone," Choi added.
The processor in the latest pictures did not bear the A4 logo printed on the
chip in the iPad. However, Choi said pictures of the iPad CPU found on the Web
site of the Federal Communications Commission also did not bear the A4 logo.
By replacing the 65nm applications processor in the current iPhone 3GS with
the 45nm A4, Apple gains advantages it could use in various ways. Battery life
of the handset is generally thought to be tolerable, making it likely Apple will
use the A4's added umph to bolster the system's video and graphics performance.
Apple is expected to roll out an upgraded iPhone at its developer conference in June.
Several sources have speculated it will support 720-progressive video capture
and be called the iPhone HD. One
analyst called for Apple to support MicroSD flash, near-field communications
and Adobe Flash in its next phones.
this year, Apple released OS4, the software for its next-generation
handsets. It supports multitasking and has hooks for a new social networking
service Apple aims to launch.
The latest pictures and videos also show a complete handset. The device looks
identical to pictures of an Apple handset shown two weeks ago on the
Gizmodo Web site.
The new handset has a slightly thicker form factor, two buttons on one side
and a door, apparently for a Micro SIM card, on the other side. The handsets
also sport a front-facing camera, presumably for video.