RUMOR: Next-gen Apple iPhone to feature LED flash, improved graphics, third-party apps multitasking

Christmas PD5FM $10 discount“Though most rumors as of late concern an Apple-designed tablet to be revealed later this month, the next version of the iPhone is getting its share of buzz as well,” Chris Foresman reports for Ars Technica.

“We have already seen some evidence that Apple might bump the iPhone’s camera up to five megapixels, but there is also evidence to suggest the company may add an LED ‘flash’ to improve its low-light picture-taking abilities,” Foresman reports. “Imagination Technologies, the company that develops the PowerVR graphics processors used in the iPhone, has also announced an improved SGX545 graphics processor core… Imagination says that the tech is already ‘licensed by a lead partner,’ and Apple’s investment in the company certainly qualifies it as one of those partners.”

Foresman reports, “Finally, The iPhone Blog reports that buzz around the CES show floor is that Apple plans to add some form of limited multitasking to the next version of the iPhone. The details are naturally non-specific, though Apple has cited battery life and user complexity for not allowing multiple third-party apps to run simultaneously. Apple may include a PA Semi-designed, low-power ARM Cortex A9 processor in the next iPhone, which would negate the extra battery drain and keep performance at acceptable levels.”

More info and links in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Note: Apple iPhones have, since inception, had multitasking capabilities implemented for select Apple apps. For one example, just turn on your iPhone’s iPod and go on a surfing Safari. Boom, you’re multitasking!

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Judge Bork” for the heads up.]

44 Comments

  1. @kitch. Yeah, you’ve just been stuck using the 3G for the past year !

    For most of us it’s a matter of skipping a generation. I had the original iPhone, and skipped the 3G. I upgraded to the 3GS, and will skip this next one. Unless, of course, there’s a shakeup of the carriers, in which case I might consider the new one.

    But then there’s the tablet to consider, too…

  2. With Android and WebOS both allowing for multiple programs to be running at the same time, and tech fans like me contemplating a switch to one of those platforms, Apple has no choice but to get with the times. I love my iPhone and will most likely upgrade to the next version, but it’s in need of an update.

  3. @kitch: Which is why I got one with a one year contract ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” /> Cost a bit more (about us$500 and us$40/month for 1Gbyte of data) but it’s worth it to be able to upgrade to the next model this summer.

  4. The iPhone 3GS and iPod touch 3rdGen should be able to handle multi-tasking already. But I see Apple’s game here.

    They’ll make iPhone 4.0 bloated to the point where it runs like garbage on the 1stGen iPhone/iPhone 3G, acting as a sort of planned obsolescence that beckons those users to upgrade. It’ll be slower on the iPhone 3GS and iPod touch 3rdGen, but nowhere as menacingly as their predecessors. The excuse is that they don’t have the hardware to handle the more complex OS, also pushing those users to buy the newer versions of either model so you can comfortably run multiple apps at the same time. The reviews will note how it runs ok on the iPhone 3GS but super fast and smooth on the iPhone 4thGen.

    The delay of running multiple third party apps has nothing to do with the hardware. The iPhone 3GS and iPod touch 3rdGen are more than capable of handling it. It’s about extending the life of the iPhone. They knew they get could by without it for another year. Now we’re expected to drop to our knees and thank the Lord of Cupertino that we can finally run Pandora while browsing Safari and checking e-mails.

  5. @r2
    there are more than a few on this board who would say Apple would never allow a diminished user experience. They would tell you there is no way they would compromise the experience for one group over another and exactly why Verizon will never get the iPhone.

    Apple would never tolerate two different experiences! Yet, it’s done every day on every scale.

  6. “But I see Apple’s game here.”

    Yes, planned obsolescence. America’s car makers invented it, Apple has perfected it. You got it R2!

    Of course, you could call it progress, innovation, the future, incredible Research and Development and keep the conspiracy bullshit to a minimum.

  7. I find it amusing that those of us who don’t have “multi-tasking” want it so much on our phones, but those who have it have made apps that tum off other background apps some of the most popular apps on the “multi-tasking” phones.

  8. Multitasking works just fine on my iPhone; emails, texts, notifications all arrive when playing music and using TomTom. Phone call get through too. Perhaps I should bleat that I can’t play games too, but why the fsck would I want to?

  9. Apple is committed to providing an excellent user experience. The biggest issue they have right now is battery life vs. available functionality. I doubt the 3G’s have the capacity to have applications running in the bkg, bluetooth, and WiFi without severely reducing the time between charges.

    You’ll probably be able to use it all but the reduced user experience will likely not be from bloat of the OS.

    -b

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