We had iPhone 2G in 2007, iPhone 3G in 2008 and iPhone 3GS in 2009. Wondering what Apple's bringing in this 2010?
If Apple's historical iPhone release pattern is to be considered, then we could expect the latest iteration to the device to arrive in less than four months -- Engadget has, in fact, set a fixed date for its official announcement: June 22, 2010 ~ following that of iPhone 3GS in 2009.
Aside from its release date, various Apple insiders have started speculating on the name and specifications of latest iPhone. Here are the latest rumors, leaks and news bits on Apple's much anticipated 2010 phone release --
1. Wall Street Journal recently disclosed that the new iPhone will be manufactured by Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., the Taiwanese company that manufactured all of Apple's previous iPhones and hinted that a separate CDMA iPhone model will also be released in September of this year:
The people briefed on the matter said the upgraded GSM iPhone is being made by Taiwanese contract manufacturer Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., which produced Apple's previous iPhones. The CDMA iPhone model is being made by Pegatron Technology Corp., the contract manufacturing subsidiary of Taiwan's ASUSTeK Computer Inc., said these people.
One person familiar with the situation said Pegatron is scheduled to start mass producing CDMA iPhones in September. Other people said, however, that the schedule could change and the phone may not be available to consumers immediately after production begins.
2. Respected Apple pundit, John Gruber, shared on this personal blog Daring Fireball (while criticizing Wall Street Journal) that the newest iPhone will feature a second front facing camera and a 960 × 640 double-resolution display and will run iPhone OS 4.0, which supports multi-tasking, with its Apple A4 chip. Quoting John,
The Wall Street Journal:
Apple Inc. is developing a new iPhone to debut this summer and also appears to be working on a model for U.S. mobile phone operator Verizon Wireless, say people briefed on the matter.
Keep in mind there’s a big difference between “is” and “appears to be”. And they have no actual details of the next-generation iPhone. Nothing. Not the A4-family CPU system-on-a-chip. Not the 960 × 640 double-resolution display. Not the second front-facing camera. Not even the third-party multitasking in iPhone OS 4. All they have is that there’s going to be a new iPhone this summer, period. Thanks for the scoop, Yukari Iwatani Kane.
3. Engadget said that the newest iPhone will be called iPhone HD -- which makes sense given its 960 × 640 display.
[We] were informed that the next-generation iPhone would be announced on June 22nd (a Tuesday, naturally) and would be dubbed the iPhone HD (a name that has been tossed around before). That certainly makes sense given that Apple almost certainly has to up the pixel count in order to rival the EVO 4G, HD2 and all of those other high-res handsets, but we're still reserving judgment until we see that fateful media invite hit our inbox.
John Gruber made a comment on the iPhone HD name -- perhaps capturing the sentiment of all iPhone fans on this new release:
If they’re going to call it the HD, then perhaps the main camera will shoot HD video, too? I don’t see how a phone named “HD” could have a camera that only shoots standard-def video.
Ok. That's it for now.
Please keep tuning in for more updates on iPhone HD. Hopefully, we get leaked photos of an actual unit by next week.