Next gen iPhone being tested in San Francisco?

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Next gen iPhone being tested in San Francisco?
Analytics of iPhone commuter app developer Pandav show usage of an unreleased iPhone. The app used was a guide to the San Francisco train system called iBART. The company that provides the anlytical data, PinchMedia, breaks down usage by different devices. The information is reported to developers using identification numbers assigned by Apple. The id iPhone3,1 has been in use and written in Pandav's log since November and does not match up to any currently shipped iPhone model. The last released unit, the iPhone 3GS, is identified by the code 'iPhone2,1'. Pandav has turned this information over to MacRumors. On the latter's web site, it is also reported that the iPhone3,1 id was discovered in the phone's firmware back in August. This is the first time that it has been seen in the 'wild'. The site goes on to add that there are rumors that the next iPhone model will have a multi-core processor to improve performance, and that the new unit could have Verizon compatibility as soon as the middle of next year.

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source: MacRumors



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40 Comments

1. bng

Posts: 107; Member since: Feb 12, 2009

Here we go again with Verizon and AT&T users going at it again about the iPhone lol VERIZON FTW haha

2. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Yup, here we go again

4. sinfulta

Posts: 279; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

I mentioned awhile ago about Apple releasing an IPhone counterpart that would have compatible CDMA Chipset and be LTE ready but only sold as a Full Retail device in the Apple Store, which would get activated on the carrier of the device that supports the frequencies it has available on it. It would not surprise me if this is what happens and then the customer takes it home to activate on the carrier that will support the device with a plan.

14. artz1986

Posts: 453; Member since: Mar 11, 2009

that would make more sense, because then it would take the burden off of apple to have to keep coming up w/ an updated version every year or so, because it wouldn't be as big a mass market device like the iPhone of today- how many kids would be willing to spend $600-$700+ on a handset...not many

32. YouLostTheGame

Posts: 441; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

I personally don't care how the iPhone gets compatible with VZW, as long as the end result is that IT'S COMPATIBLE WITH VZW. The situation you describe doesn't sound like a bad situation. Just as long as one of the companies supports the device. When I upgraded my Storm OS to the last 4.7 one, I was having all kinds of issues with it, and the people at VZW told me it that the ball was entirely in my court, so to speak. They wouldn't help me at the store, and when I called tech, the tech guy said that smartphones are left up to the consumer to figure out, and that VZWs hands were "tied". And we all know RIM is such a hassle dealing with.

3. Literati

Posts: 17; Member since: Oct 22, 2009

Multi-core processor... kind of like what it already has.

20. tedkord

Posts: 17410; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

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5. DonLouie

Posts: 594; Member since: Dec 22, 2008

Maybe this time it'll have multi-tasking

8. *HOVA*

Posts: 564; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

I'm still lost on why this is so commonly brought up. I don't see that big of a need, just a battery drainer...

9. dandirk unregistered

I agree hova... sure there is some downside and limitation to 3rd party apps but the up side of non-multitasking is batt life like you said. Its sort of like GSM vs cdma call/internet at the same time. Some like/need the multi-tasking and some don't. They are just features (like anything else) that each person has to evaluate when choosing a device for their needs.

15. artz1986

Posts: 453; Member since: Mar 11, 2009

yea, that call and data at the same time would be more appreciated by the business kids. 'Take a business call while looking over the numbers that your client emailed you', or, 'Get a call from a contractor, have him send over a picture of the floor plan via mms, while going over it w/ you', that sort of thing..

28. idiotwind13

Posts: 80; Member since: Dec 29, 2008

Really dude? You wouldn't use Pandora in the background while checking email and web browsing? How about a exercise route tracker like Cardio Trainer? Use your MP3 player while playing a game? No multi-tasking = absolute deal breaker. Way more so than talking and web browsing. My battery still lasts a day with some multi task useage, and it would be a huge annoyance for me to not be able to do it.

35. VSS_55

Posts: 43; Member since: Jul 05, 2009

it seriously annoys me that apple fed people that total load of B.S. and they bought it. muiltitasking does NOT have that drastic effects on battery life. My storm did it with only marginal diffrence, my ancient i730 did it too, and while THAT already had crappy battery life it didnt adversly effect it. (these are both assuming i wasnt running something in the backround that was downloading data every 5 seconds.)

36. CRICKETownz

Posts: 980; Member since: Oct 24, 2009

Wow...seriously? Checking email or web browsing while having Pandora going? That's called ADD. Dude...slow down..chill out. Your phone won't evaporate. Bet this is the same guy that goes into the store complaining about his phone freezing/powering down a lot.

38. YouLostTheGame

Posts: 441; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

What's so extraordinary about listening to internet radio while doing something else? You're telling him to slow down? That isn't any kind of reason to "slow down". Why don't you try telling the people on here that insist on taking calls while being on the internet or checking email. Last time I checked having music on in the backround while accomplishing another task wasn't out of the ordinary.

6. jundibasam

Posts: 119; Member since: Aug 05, 2009

This isn't anything new, i don't understand what the big deal is. Verizon will almost be assured to get the iphone sometime in the second half of next year and that has already been widely reported.

17. DonLouie

Posts: 594; Member since: Dec 22, 2008

I don't think anything is assured in the wireless industry

18. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Yeah, neither Apple nor Verizon has confirmed anything yet. I don't know where you get your information from.

21. macron2000

Posts: 81; Member since: Sep 07, 2009

Besides, VZW is notorious for putting the Veto on devices if the platform is too open. Putting carrier restrictions on the Iphone is probably not something that Apple would welcome, nor customers for that matter. So nothing is certain when it comes to Verizon and handsets.

23. johnolesen

Posts: 20; Member since: Oct 17, 2009

yeah thats why we just released two OPEN SOURCE OPEN PLATFORM Android devices. We dont like open platforms..exactly right

25. ca2l3vin

Posts: 22; Member since: Aug 12, 2009

Too open? your talking about the Iphone correct? If anything apple was too closed with not allowing VZW to put forth and troubleshoot the device and not to mention wanting a higher percentage of prophets for selling the device. (which is why VZW passed on it in the first place.)Not to mention VZW is currently selling an Open Sourced phone. I do agree however that nothing is certain when it comes to VZW getting an Iphone only that ATT Exclusive rights will be running out is the only thing thats certain.

27. DonLouie

Posts: 594; Member since: Dec 22, 2008

One open platform doesn't all of a sudden make them open, it is a step in the right direction

37. WirelessCritic

Posts: 7; Member since: Nov 30, 2009

The only certain thing about Verizon handsets is that they will almost all certainly be piles of garbage and have customers living in the tech line at their local VZW stores. That VZ Blackberry commercial with the "paperweight mode" comment was very ironic in that that's what most VZW phones end up becoming just a few months and 5 replacements later.

39. YouLostTheGame

Posts: 441; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Ha! And the only certain thing on here is that you're obviously a douche.

7. biggles

Posts: 269; Member since: Oct 15, 2009

Throwing in a multi-core processor ain't gonna cut it. The hardware is seriously dated at this point. As a Verizon customer, I'm not wasting my money on paying a premium for 3 year old hardware specs. If the new iphone doesn't have a larger display (maybe OLED), WVGA resolution, and at least a 5MP camera with flash, don't waste your time shoehorning a CDMA chipset in there, Apple. Oh yeah, don't forget to ditch your proprietary connector for a mini/micro USB one. Haha. Fat chance, right?

10. dandirk unregistered

Yes hardware specs do have to be updated... I don't think the screen size is one that has to be done. Bigger screen = less batt life, so there is always a balancing act there. Better quality would be nice for sure but the 3.5-4 inch screens are what I suspect to be the limit (for me at least) for phones just due to devices being too big if any larger. So though it could be larger I wouldn't say screen size alone would drive my purchase decision if it was at least the current 3.5 inches...

16. artz1986

Posts: 453; Member since: Mar 11, 2009

I dunno, like dandirk stated, the screen size is perfect, if any bigger, it would kill the battery life and throw off the balance of the phone- it's really a perfect device design wise. I do agree w/ you on the proprietary connectors though, it would make everything easier if Apple did throw on a micro USB port, but I dunno if their proprietary setup has anything to do w/ the inner workings.

29. mthoren68

Posts: 66; Member since: Sep 21, 2009

Apparently the Droid doesn't agree. It has a bigger screen with higher resolution and it's barely thicker than the iPhone WITH a hard keyboard, and its battery life is just fine.

40. weetanhops

Posts: 12; Member since: Nov 10, 2009

The Droid uses an OLED screen though, and that makes a massive saving on battery life. OLED screens don't need as much power to function. I still can't believe they didn't put one in the 3GS...

11. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

this is good news for the apple fans.

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