New iPhone to offer video chat?

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New iPhone to offer video chat?
Last year around this time, a brochure made the rounds showing how a new video chat feature on the iPhone would work. Using specific fonts and colors, it looked for all the world to be a publication straight from AT&T and included pictures of video chats in progress. The brochure even discussed that the feature would work on Wi-Fi only. When the iPhone 3G was released, there was no video chat, of course, making the entire brochure a well-crafted fake.

Now, on the eve of what many expect to be the announcement of a new iPhone, photos of what is supposed to be the new model have been seen and the latest pictures show a front facing camera on the device. That, by itself, would mean nothing except that we now have seen snaphots of what appears to be a video chat in progress on the handset. And yes, it looks like the phone is using Wi-Fi during the conversation. Yesterday we reported that a new iPhone model to be introduced Monday would be called the iPhone Video. That name would dovetail perfectly with a new version of the phone that had the ability to offer video chat.

While the pictures don't show much difference between the alleged new model and the iPhone 3G, the bezel is blacked out on the leaked photos and the Apple on the back cover might "glow" when the phone is turned on.

If a new iPhone had a video chat function, would it be enough to stop the progress of the Palm Pre just a few days after the latter was launched?

source: NowhereElse via IntoMobile

The new iPhone is now officially announced - you can check the Apple iPhone 3G S Specifications here.

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21 Comments

1. RudioX

Posts: 13; Member since: Jun 07, 2009

Why would i want to carry around a separate digital camera for casual day of the week photos like a retard? I only use my proper 12mp Samsung at important events and gatherings. Then why don't we just make a mobile phone with no multimedia capabilities whatsoever and just carry seperate MP3 players, Mp4 players, Cameras, send photos, email and stuff with a laptop? There is a reason why all these things are in one device, it's because we are heading for the future, this is the year 2009 and releasing 3.2 mp camera on an expensive flagship device without bluetooth is inexcusable. And just now adding mms, copy&paste etc in 2009 is just horrible. I for one think the 8mp phones out now have the same excellent quality as a proper 5 mp digital camera, which is more then enough. Of course you can launch multimedia device with a 3.2 mp camera, but then it should be on a midrange lowbudget line, not a high end expensive flagship device, unless it's a proper smartphone, which the iPhone certainly is not, whatever Apple users may say or Apple themselves convince themselves. Me for one am not comfortable using a so called smartphone without copy&paste that every 11-12 year girl has on the subway, loaded with with apps made for 9 year old, by 9 nine years old, which the iStore is flooded with. All these apps you can download that the Apple users say makes it smartphone is pure garbage. 9/10 apps are just fancy named with cool descriptions on what the can do, but they don't do sh*t and a most of the time the apps are childish non proper working versions of real smartphone apps that other smartphones have naturally inbedded in their OS. I am saying this from experience cause i used to have a an Iphone 2G 8GB before i gave to my little girl cousin. I was very satisfied ans impressed with the music capabilities, and that was about it. Now i have the Nokia E71, which is not a multimedia monster, it does it's job, but as a smartphone, it chews up the iPhone and spits it out. What bothers me is that Apple is releasing yet another phone with upgrades that easily could have been fixed in the 1st generations iPhones with a good dedicated firmware. Instead they are just adding 1.2 mp more, mms, copy&paste and tweaking the CPU a little bit, and voila! Ready to kisk Apple fans in the balls and suck their money dry yet another year. If any of you thinks that Apple could not have put 1.2 mp more, mms, copy&paste and tweaking the CPU a little bit already in the 3G version, please raise your hands, i thought so. So why didn't the do it? Well ask your bank account manager. Anyone who thinks that Apple could easily have put at least a 5 mp camera in this "new" iPhone 2009, please raise your hands, well i thought so again. Apple only have one phone, and every year must be about innovation and development, especially for a company like Apple, not adding stoneage applications that even low budget budget phones used to have in 1998 or something. If Apple follows their money sucking plan and keep taking advantage like this of their hardcore fanbase then it an iPhone won't be worth buying til the model that comes out year 2012 or something. I already cut loose from Apple and iTunes(makes me angry just thinking about that irritating software), i am not falling for this unless they show real innovation instead of milking their loyal fans to the last drop of blood with so called garbage "upgrades".

2. sharpy2534

Posts: 3; Member since: Jun 05, 2009

O........

4. trentsinmypants

Posts: 324; Member since: Jan 29, 2009

Ok everyone.....on the count of three lets all give RudioX a group hug...... 1....2.....3......(hugz)...... feel any better?

10. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

never in my whole life have i seen a post on here that big.

15. bng

Posts: 107; Member since: Feb 12, 2009

nether have I.... so wat if the new iphone has video call the only way you would use it alot is if everyone had video call but i dont see that till 2010 or 2012 well thats wat i think

16. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

I don't think the iPhone is getting video chat but if it does then that would be great. Don't that every phone in the future will magically have video chat. Somebody has to start it and hopefully other companies will follow.

3. phone333

Posts: 331; Member since: Feb 04, 2009

Mmmm! New iphone! And the Pre is out ! what should I choose? -Video cam or Physical keyboard -video chat or universal search -carry a charger or removable battery -a look and feel we already know or new look and feel -tasking or multitasking -everything for $140/month or for $99 -panic when I loose my phone/personal info or perform a remote wipe ...I think I'll stick with the Pre I'm posting this from...

5. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Okay....that was kind of pointless. iPhone has universal search, remote wipe, and from the reviews that I've read, the iPhone feels a lot better than the plasticy, light, cheap, and somewhat toyish palm pre. I alao read that the pre beats iPhone in keyboard only because it offers one and not because there is any real quality to the sticky and somewhat cramped keyboard. I'm not saying that the iPhone is better or the best (and Im not saying it isn't), but right now Im just evening out the playing field because you were pretty biased when doing the comparison.

6. phone333

Posts: 331; Member since: Feb 04, 2009

...Ok Steve Jobs i hear you..

7. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

What?!...How'd you know it was me? I guess you're not as dumb as I thought you were.

11. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

the storm's keyboard trumps everyone elses!!

18. ICanAffordVZW

Posts: 123; Member since: Dec 15, 2008

Yeah but you are forgetting the worst parts of both... ...neither utilize VZW's superior network

21. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Thanks for reminding us

8. DonLouie

Posts: 594; Member since: Dec 22, 2008

I don't see what this "cheap feel" stuff comes from, only one phone isn't all plastic and it's not the easiest thing to hold. The new iteration will do some of the stuff the Pre does while adding one that you can bet will be in an update soon

9. omarc_2008

Posts: 26; Member since: Mar 26, 2009

hey im guessin that if da iphone does come out with a front facing camera it will most prolly be going to europe only. cause we are so behind cellphone technology over here in da usa we dont even have video calling. europe has had video calling since 2003 . and over here in da usa there is no sign of video calling . my sister works at an at&t store in california. and she told me that wen sh talked to her manager to see if they would ever get video calling her manager said at&t has no plans to roll out video calling. so even if we do get an iphone 3 which i doubt it we will its prolly guna be better than the 2nd generation .but it will prolly not have a front facing camera . cause think about it its gunna be useless if it only works in wi-fi. cause at&t's crappy 3G NEtwork could not handle video calling and european 3G NEtworks could handle video calling

12. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

That makes sense. I remember that there was one Sanyo phone that could do video calling in Sprint, but that was it. But I really hope that the new iPhone does do it. We need a big company like Apple, Blackberry, Motorola, HTC, to make video calling popular. If a company like this has a hit with video calling, all the other mobile companies will follow the trend.

13. gba2000

Posts: 49; Member since: Dec 28, 2008

Maybe over wifi, AT&T would not let all that data over their network.

19. ICanAffordVZW

Posts: 123; Member since: Dec 15, 2008

true...no ones network could support video chat right now....L...T...E....

20. bng

Posts: 107; Member since: Feb 12, 2009

Isn't Verizon geting ready to start using L.T.E. i remember reading about it hear on phonearena? correct me if im wrong...

14. sonisoe

Posts: 440; Member since: May 06, 2009

its hardly good news.... video call, copy&paste, excellent multi-media, etc etc are actually pretty standard features on other cellphones... love em, hate em, you gotta give credit to apple for being able to make something out of nothing.... i believe the iphone has the best OS (well, one of the best at least amongst Android and webOS) and make the best product designs, but theyre so proud of it they dont care to follow the consumer standards... heck i use a macbook, and it can't even "cut and paste" (copy & paste yes, but no "cut and paste") but the OS is sooo good so stable.... i guess no such as thing as a perfect anything...

17. YouLostTheGame

Posts: 441; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

I will admit that if an iteration of the iphone EVER came to VZW i would at least look at it, and give it a worthwhile shot. After FINALLY releasing a proper OS upgrade for my Storm, I have to say that I'm really in love with my BB for the first time. I've always liked the concept but the previous buggy OS was REALLY starting to get to me. However, my biggest gripe STILL with RIM is no true support for Mac. I only use Mac computers and I think with Apple really making a name for themselves in the consumer dept. that RIM would step it up and offer some genuine support for Mac products. Instead I've got to find other 3rd party apps to do it (which I guess is ok, but def not ideal). The other side to the coin is that since I'm not a biz BB user, I don't necessarily NEED all the biz minded stuff the BB has to offer and therefore would be more tempted to go to an iphone if it ever comes to the right network (VZW). Hopefully next year at this time we'll be hearing about something to that degree.

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