New iPhone will have touch sensitive casing and 5MP camera?

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New iPhone will have touch sensitive casing and 5MP camera?
You know that we are getting closer to the launch of another iPhone model when all of the brokerage analysts come out of the woodwork with their ideas of what the new model will look like and what features will be on it. Goldman Sachs analyst Robert Chen and Bloomberg are passing along some visions the analyst has for what will possibly be called the iPhone 4G. The casing could be touch sensitive, similar to the Apple Magic Mouse. The Mouse replaces mechanical buttons with a touch sensitive plastic shell. This could show up on a new iPhone as part of  a feature that allows you to use touch on the back of the handset. The camera is expected to be bumped up to a 5MP shooter from the current 3.2MP and you should expect a lot of innovation in both the hardware and software including a possible upgrade to the iPhone OS. Chen, based in Taipei for Goldman, is part of Asia's top ranked technology hardware research team. The analyst says that the handset will go into production in April and be ready for sale in June or July.

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35 Comments

1. omac

Posts: 26; Member since: Jan 08, 2010

WOW!, there's no stopping Apple anytime soon,lets face it they are good when it comes to technological advances.If they change up their UI and allow for customization,multitasking and Adobe Flash yeah its possible I could be ownin my first ever iphone(thats if I can pay for it)...lol

2. tuminatr

Posts: 1123; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

oh so kinda like the Motorola backflip

27. Illyich

Posts: 167; Member since: Oct 13, 2009

except it's not built backwards.

3. CHEFJEFF

Posts: 147; Member since: Sep 22, 2009

This is all just speculation and rumor, nobody knows yet what specs the next iPhone will have. Besides, AT&T doesn't have 4G, it would be a stretch to imagine Apple will have a cdma version ready by June or July.

4. KMcCar24

Posts: 7; Member since: Jan 16, 2010

Think about this though, maybe this is already a cdma version. There is no restrictions on Apple saying that they cant make a cdma prototype.

5. YouLostTheGame

Posts: 441; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Ummmm, NO it wouldn't be a stretch. Apple could have been working on a CDMA/LTE versions for quite some time now. And tell me anyway, what's so difficult about it? Just swap out chipsets, tweak the hardware, and voila! You have a CDMA/LTE iPhone. I think this would be the year Apple really pulls out a lot a of the stops in the new iteration of the iPhone anyway, seeing as the Android market is really shaping up, and other manufacturers are catching on to good touchscreen technology. I'll be interested to see what's in store...and hoping that it makes its way to VZW, in one shape or another. If it doesn't, no big deal, I'll just go with one of the many other Android handsets "to be released" on VZW this year. Either way, I think 2010 is going to be a big year for the smartphone market, and consequently, an even better on for us consumers!

6. DJBASS

Posts: 11; Member since: Jul 15, 2009

Oh and who has 4G now and who has not been bashing the Iphone in their commercials and who gets phones first and who is changing and setting new standards in pricing (because no one else is doing it only testing) S P R I N T!!!!!!!!!!

8. Gsmalltheway

Posts: 275; Member since: Aug 15, 2009

Its not 4g, 4g (lte) is 100mbs, while wimax is only peaks at 40. Plus it uses wifi

9. DJBASS

Posts: 11; Member since: Jul 15, 2009

I'll still enjoy my 4G phone while you wait(1+years) oh and when they finaly get lte it still will be a while before it has good coverage

10. gr3atone

Posts: 3; Member since: Jan 16, 2010

WiMax is capable of speeds up to 100mbs and Clearwire has already promised to bring those advances to its entire network by 2012.

12. oddmanout

Posts: 443; Member since: May 22, 2009

im not %100 positive but didnt they find a way to convert and expand LTE network a lot faster than 3G?

13. gr3atone

Posts: 3; Member since: Jan 16, 2010

Not only that, VZW has announced that its LTE will peak at 12mbs so there is not much difference in b/n what Sprint 4G offers and what VZW will offer in terms of speed. The only difference is Sprint can offer it Now while VZW is vaporware.

17. sinfulta

Posts: 279; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

I've explained this many of time for regular readers. Both technologies are capable of up to 100mb/sec. With software updates bandwith will achieve those speeds when devices are ready and can handle it. Most current browsers in even computers are not even capable of showing or displaying speed differences. For example: ESPN.COM is going to load at the same speed at time if you have a current home connection of 8MB or 20MB cause of the content which is heavy is not even close for those speeds. The page would load on either connection in less than half a second. Handsets do not even have the hardware other than connection speed to load pages that quick. Even if they are getting 12MB consistantly. It will mostly be for people who are downloading/uploading content. So as time goes on and phone hardware improves, they will increase speed as needed. I mentioned before peak rates we were getting with chipsets in the SF Bay Area (San Jose) with a couple carriers. Another note: CDMA designers were hired at apple and they had job postings over a year ago. Why does Apple need CDMA designers if they are so "hardcore" GSM/HSPA? Some of our CDMA designers left our company to leave to work for Apple. Co-ink-e-dink? I think not. They have something up they're sleeves.

18. baldilocks

Posts: 1505; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

Sprint's small network pretty much excludes them from the iPhone at this point.

28. theGodpapa

Posts: 181; Member since: Dec 15, 2009

lmao WIMAX is for herbs. see ya in 10 years when you will be refered to as " that wi max concept" and the " demise of sprint".

29. theGodpapa

Posts: 181; Member since: Dec 15, 2009

enjoying your 4g phone where? you live in the four blocks of baltimore that have it or maybe in the 8 blocks in philly? stfu your enjoying nothing but crappy sprint service and double taxes from the ONLY company that has their own taxes on top of FCC!

32. deschats

Posts: 193; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

Sprint is also going bankrupt.

33. deschats

Posts: 193; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

Sprint only offers 4g because they are childish and wanted to "be ahead of their competition". What they really did is speed up the process so much to where their network is crap. Most phones arent even 4g capable.

7. dorky24

Posts: 23; Member since: Apr 22, 2009

I'm wondering what are the practicalities of having a touch sensitive shell.

21. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

If this article proves to be true, you'll find out sooner or later

11. jrcrow79

Posts: 477; Member since: May 02, 2008

personally..I own an iphone 3gs for a few months already...I live in southern california and have had NO issues..dunno why everyone really complains...anyways..I ONLY have the iphone cause it has a Logmein app which is exclusive to the iphone ONLY and I can talk n surf the web at the same time!...I didnt see anything in this article that said "processor upgrade" so it seems like the upgrades to me r superficial..meaning..5mp upgrade..meh I own an Olympus 12mp digital camera with a 3" LCD screen anyways..my point is..if the phone would/could be faster that would be a better thought for me to be more excited about my upgrade in the future..software upgrades would eventually come to the 3gs what the 4g..if so..would be getting anyways

15. omarc26

Posts: 360; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

were in california do u live????? i live in long beach california were at&t is horrible. .. thats why i cancelled their service because it was embarrassing that my friends with boost mobile and metro pcs and t-mobile had better reception than i did and faster internet and had less dropped calls than i did.. so they would always make fun of me cause my at&t service was horrible.

22. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

I live like 5 min from long beach and I don't have any problems

30. theGodpapa

Posts: 181; Member since: Dec 15, 2009

I have LOGMEIN for my Android right now !!!. It is NOT exclusive to the Iphone, actually I had a ported version same app for my Storm. And this article is SPECULATION and GUESSES !!!! ATT is getting sued by 8 counties in california for their horrible service. Wake up drone, you either work for ATT or your brain washed apple fool.

34. deschats

Posts: 193; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

You don't even need LOGMEIN to multitask on android, all you do on the DROID is press the home button lmfao.

14. LGVX1993

Posts: 260; Member since: Jan 27, 2009

They need to make an iPhone with a keyboard.

19. baldilocks

Posts: 1505; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

No they don't. Having a keyboard is a step backward.

23. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Yes. Please Apple, no keyboard...ever

35. deschats

Posts: 193; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

If having a keyboard is a step backward, what is the DROID? Because I'm pretty sure the DROID is more advanced than Apple's entire company.

16. uknow85

Posts: 38; Member since: May 28, 2009

i just want this iphone to come to verizon already whats the wait for? every other phone is cross branded blackberry, android, htc and so on www.twitter.com/uknow85

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