Predictions for the upcoming iPhone 4G/HD

By on June 5, 2010
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Ready for the next iPhone? Here’s what I think is coming.

In a couple of days Mr. Jobs will go on stage and unveil the new iPhone. Unlike the last couple of years, we have had some solid proof of the upcoming device when Gizmodo purchased the stolen phone and then the Vietnam leaks. In case you missed that, here is what the new iPhone will most probably look like.

As you can see, Apple is changing the design with the upcoming iPhone- no more rounded back. Instead you have a slightly more blocky device – think of it as a mini iPad if you will. I am all for the new design as I prefer a sharper cornered device like the Motorola Milestone instead of the rounded iPhone.

With regards to the internals, I am guessing that the device will be powered by an Apple A4 CPU running at 1GHz or slightly lower. The display is also supposed to be of higher resolution- hopefully quadrupling the iPhone’s current 320×480 screen meaning you will get a 640×960 resolution screen. This is slightly lower than iPad’s resolution of 768×1024 pixels.

I’m also expecting the onboard RAM to be doubled from the 3GS meaning you will have 512MB instead of 256MB. Keep in mind that this is the memory required for applications to run and not the onboard storage that is 16/32GB already. Now, the last few iPhones have doubled the onboard storage and following that trend, the new iPhone could be available in a 64GB variety as well. However, I won’t be surprised if Apple doesn’t do that this year. 32GB is still premium on a handset.

People who like using cameras on their phones should certainly have one less reason to not jump on the iPhone bandwagon. The new iPhone will probably have a 5MP+ camera along with a flash as well as a front facing camera for video calls and chatting. We’ve already know of the 5x zoom levels on the camera from the OS4 announcement.

What concerns me the most is the battery life. As much as I love my iPhone, the battery life cannot compete with a Blackberry. Now, with a faster CPU, higher-res display and multi-tasking, Apple needs to come up with a killer battery for the next-gen iPhone, which I don’t think is going to happen. I’m sure that the battery will be better than the iPhone 3GS but with all the software and hardware advancements, I think that you’ll still be struggling by the end of the day.

What do you think will the next iPhone have? And would you buy it?


Abbas Jaffar Ali is the founder of and a blogger, geek and self-declared tech pundit who can't stop talking about technology. Find him on twitter as @ajaffarali

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