3rd Generation iPhone Rumours RoundupWritten by Simon Barker on June 8, 2009 · Filed under Tech
Later today at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) we should hopefully be finding out more from Apple about their 3rd generation iPhone, what it will look like design-wise, what specifications/features it will have and a definitive release date of when we can expect to be able to buy one and start playing with it for ourselves.
However, before that official announcement we thought it might be good to take a quick look back at some of the rumoured features that we’ve reported on in recent months.
The first thing that came out from Apple officially was the fact that they’ve been releasing the beta versions of the iPhone 3.0 software which includes some interesting features, one of which is the now “legendary” cut, copy and paste functionality that so many people have been demanding since the iPhone was first released. Add to that things like turn-by-turn directions for GPS use and this should definitely help to push the iPhone to businesses more as a viable business smartphone.
Will the 3rd generation iPhone have an OLED display screen? We can only hope that it does since these screens not only give you a better on-screen image, but are thinner and use less energy – surely if Microsoft have got OLED screens for their Zune HD media player, then Apple will be using then for the next iPhone? I really hope so!
Another rumour was that the 3rd generation iPhone would get enlarging interface (for improved usage on the move) and a front-facing camera – would be yet another selling for businesses looking for a smartphone to equip across their organisations so that people can use video chat/conferencing features as well as regular users using services such as Skype video calling. I’d be surprised if Apple didn’t add in this feature especially as it is rumoured to be pushing more video services into the next iPhone.
While adding in and improving features of their next handset, I think Apple will also need to remain conscious of the power requirements and that is area where you could see them looking at areas such as having a low power wireless 802.11n iPhone system employed which would provide faster wifi speeds, but also improved power usage efficiency, also an OLED screen would make for good power-saving, please Apple, get one of them into the device!
We also speculated (admittedly quite a while ago) about the possibility of having a slide-out QWERTY keyboard on the next iPhone, again this would be another great way of getting more business customers who would be doing more typing on the device than us normal consumers. However I’m very doubtful about this to the point I’m almost certain that we won’t see a QWERTY keyboard, if only because it would be difficult to maintain the trademark sleekness of the iPhone – a keyboard would most likely make it too thick and chunky to be a modern-designed Apple product!…unless they come up with something very, very revolutionary!
Overall, we should be expecting a 3rd generation iPhone from Apple that makes improvements across the board in terms of basic specifications such as processor speed, amount of memory, an improved camera, more storage space – check out our previous article for more detailed leaked new iPhone specifications rumours and a possible release date of 17th July 2009.
We don’t have long to wait now to see if any, some or all of the above pan out to be correct, either way it should make for an interesting presentation for anyone interested in the Apple iPhone. What do you think? Will we see some or all of these things?