Digg’s Kevin Rose: Apple next-gen 3G iPhone to feature dual cameras, mobile video iChat

“During a 90 second segment of his weekly Podcast show ‘Diggnation’ this past Friday, Rose told viewers that Apple may be restricting third parties from authoring applications that run in both the foreground and background partly because it doesn’t want a competitor to its own mobile iChat application that will do just that,” AppleInsider reports.

“More specifically, he claims that a 3G version of the iPhone hardware due in a few months will employ two digital cameras situated back-to-back — one on the front side of the unit behind the transparent touch-screen, and a second one on the back of the handset as it exists today,” AppleInsider reports.

“Combined with the mobile iChat application, the front-mounted cam will pave the way for live video conferencing over AT&T’s high-speed 3G wireless network with computer-based iChat users, as well as other second-generation iPhone owners, according to Rose,” AppleInsider reports.

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It was more fun with the beer.

45 Comments

  1. Is this not the same guy who claimed to have seen/used the iphone claiming (in a drunken state) that`s it`s incredibly small nano like basically getting everything about the iphone wrong?

  2. Was he drunk again, I thought he learned his lesson last time he let the cat out of the bag (coincidentally he was half in the bag that time) ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

  3. Maybe it’s a bad day … but I freaking cringe every time I hear ‘they’re punishing us early adopters’. The phone does what it was supposed to when you bought it. Get over it.

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  4. This guy is “DIGGing” for some credibility.
    For any phone, battery life is top priority.
    Dual cameras are a double whammy against battery life…even a flash.
    Isn’t DIGG weblogware of the social sorts related…how does this guy know anything more than we do about hardware.
    Common sense says iPhone battery life and bandwidth issues have to improve before any type of videoconferencing is going to happen.
    This guy needs attention and wants to say that he said it first. He has no scoop, yet desperately still wants to be the fly on the wall.

  5. As others have pointed out

    Apple has a patent on a camera that does just that.
    ichat is awesome that way now.
    3G speeds would allow such a chat to take place.

    He may be an arse, but he might be right too. personally I think it is a cool idea, though i don’t know how practical it would be. Whether or not it’s true we won’t know until it actually comes out.

  6. Yeah, I agree with the comment about early adopters. I’ve been gleefully using my iPhone for almost 9 months, which is what I paid for. Any day now, I expect someone to come out and say how the early adopters of VHS are being punished because now we have Blu-Ray….

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