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A new iPhone is on its way according to reports

One general expectation in the tech community is that Apple will release a new iPhone sometime in 2009.  After two years of consecutive hardware releases, people would likely be more surprised if Apple didn't release a new phone this year. 

Still, Apple and its U.S. service provider AT&T have remained coy about upcoming hardware updates.  The iPhone OS v3.0 preview came with not a hardware mention to be seen, after the last two OS updates accompanied new hardware.

However, recent reports cite a high-level source at AT&T as saying that a new iPhone may indeed be coming.  The source says that yearly iPhone hardware releases are "becoming a tradition" and comments that in mid-June (around the time of the OS v3.0 release) , Apple and AT&T will have a big announcement.

They also hint that customers soon will not have to choose between the iPhone or high end smartphones with more features.  This indicates that new features may be added to the iPhone with the next hardware update, such as autofocus/flash for the camera, video sharing, etc. 

Furthermore, the reports say that the source hinted that a new Infineon chipset may be used in the hardware successor, possibly a faster HSDPA (7.2Mbps) chipset.  This chipset would speed up the iPhone's network connections to run even faster than the current 3G model.

While rumors have the tendency to not come true, Boy Genius, who originated the reports, claims that the comments are "100% confirmed."  If indeed true, things may get even more interesting in the smart phone market in just a couple short months.

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By theplaidfad on 3/24/2009 3:04:44 PM , Rating: 4
Make it faster, smarter, smaller, and cheaper, and ram it down our throats once a year!

RE: !
By mmntech on 3/24/2009 3:14:06 PM , Rating: 3
No different from the GPU industry, except for the cheaper part. :p

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By dsraa on 3/24/2009 3:25:37 PM , Rating: 5
Whoa! Sounds like a personal request! LOL!

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By quiksilvr on 3/24/2009 4:26:50 PM , Rating: 3
Why would you want it smaller? ;)

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By DeepBlue1975 on 3/24/2009 5:01:00 PM , Rating: 5
Because smaller things can be rammed easier down someone's throat.

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By quiksilvr on 3/24/2009 9:11:25 PM , Rating: 2
Where's the fun in that? ;)>

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By PhoenixKnight on 3/25/2009 9:42:08 AM , Rating: 3
That's what she said.

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By hackedtwice on 3/25/2009 11:48:04 AM , Rating: 2
Just once a year? That sucks! or doesn't, actually.

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By DeepBlue1975 on 3/25/2009 8:25:24 PM , Rating: 2
No, you're right. Ramming something through someone's throat must surely be a totally sucking experience.

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By quiksilvr on 3/26/2009 9:41:42 PM , Rating: 2
Or gagging, whichever you prefer...God we are TERRIBLE people...

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By icanhascpu on 3/24/2009 6:46:48 PM , Rating: 3
Is that what your gf tells you?

Its good for technology, not relationships =(

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By sgtdisturbed47 on 3/27/2009 1:48:11 PM , Rating: 2
Also have free real-time push email.

Wait, that's a blackberry thing. Nvm.

Feature request
By Azsen on 3/24/2009 6:51:25 PM , Rating: 4
1) Video calling - They need to add a small camera on the front. Phones have had video calling for like 3 years now.

2) Faster processor - I heard the 2nd Gen iPhone is slower than the 1st Gen, so this one needs to be faster and snappier than the first two, rather than following Windows Mobile where it gets slower and more bloated.

3) 5 MP camera with decent quality in low-light conditions

4) More memory

5) More disk space

RE: Feature request
By AntiV6 on 3/24/2009 10:51:17 PM , Rating: 2
Five MP you say?

That is a gianourmous image... I'd be happy with say a 1.5, hell I shrink 99% of the images down anyways...

Higher MP != better image btw...

RE: Feature request
By Azsen on 3/25/2009 3:33:54 AM , Rating: 5
As a general rule of thumb I resize my images to 50% for the best quality. The higher the original resolution, the better quality after resize generally. Rarely would I use an image at 100%, it's too pixelated. After a resize it looks fine.

2MP looks like crap and it's not even usable unless you want postcard size photos. Of course it's not all about megapixels you have to take into account the sensor & lens quality etc as well.

RE: Feature request
By callmeroy on 3/25/2009 9:35:04 AM , Rating: 1
Your camera comments crack me up...First -- you either have bad eyes, incredibly high standards for a phone camera, or your current phone's camera is just really crappy -- i have an old BB (work phone I didn't buy it) the person who gave me said it had a 1 mp camera -- it looks fine.

Camera phones aren't meant to compete or even be used as primary cameras. they are meant to send quick snap shot images, to use for caller ID and in some cases video conferencing.

Bottom line its a friggin PHONE....maybe in a few years when the technology has evolved enough that current cameras at the $1000 price point will be down to about $150-200 models with the same quality...THEN you can expect fantastic camera performance in a multi-purpose smart phone/pda device for $300 or less.

RE: Feature request
By Leebean01 on 3/25/2009 11:21:00 AM , Rating: 2
I agree that camera phones don't make good primary cameras, but 5MP isn't unreasonable. Haven't we been hearing about great new sensors for a while now?

RE: Feature request
By JS on 3/25/2009 12:41:57 PM , Rating: 3
The problems you describe have to do with sensor quality. Of course a crappy big image looks better when you scale it down. It's because the image loses detail and sharpness, so you cannot see the crappiness so well.

A 2 MP image from a camera with a good (big) sensor and optics beats a 6 MP image from any current phone. It is even so that the extra megapixels can hurt the image quality:

RE: Feature request
By PhoenixKnight on 3/25/2009 9:16:35 PM , Rating: 4
I find it ironic that you were rated down even though you're right. Anandtech ran a nice long article about this just last year:

As they show, once you pass a certain megapixel resolution on a given sensor size, all additional resolution you add past that point is nothing but noise due to the nature of how light works. And I can assure you that cell phone cameras have tiny sensors that will reach that point at a very low megapixel count.

RE: Feature request
By thornburg on 3/25/2009 9:12:33 AM , Rating: 2
2) Faster processor - I heard the 2nd Gen iPhone is slower than the 1st Gen, so this one needs to be faster and snappier than the first two, rather than following Windows Mobile where it gets slower and more bloated.

Umm... the 2nd gen iPhone has a faster processor than the 1st, and it is not slower, especially when it comes to Apps. I expect that the 3rd gen will be equal or better.

RE: Feature request
By Mojo the Monkey on 3/25/2009 6:32:56 PM , Rating: 2
Anyone heard anything about the CPU? Anything at all?

I would buy one if...
By frombauer on 3/24/2009 3:13:28 PM , Rating: 2
1 - MMS
2 - Autofocus camera (noo need for more than 1MP, really), and a LED flash
3 - Bluetooth file transfer (never gonna happen, I know)
4 - Better sound quality (the speakers are too low, in a noisy environment you can barely hear it - this applies for ringer and during calls)

RE: I would buy one if...
By cookj128371 on 3/24/2009 3:27:26 PM , Rating: 2
Check #1 off your list - this is coming in the iPhone OS 3.0 update this summer.

RE: I would buy one if...
By silversound on 3/24/2009 3:43:33 PM , Rating: 2
jailbreaked iphone already have the features you listed plus tons more, go research a little bit

RE: I would buy one if...
By JoshuaBuss on 3/24/2009 4:48:39 PM , Rating: 1
Interesting.. I didn't know jailbreaking a phone upgraded the speaker ;)

RE: I would buy one if...
By lightfoot on 3/25/2009 12:20:01 AM , Rating: 2
Must be gimped through software like the Bluetooth radio. ;)

RE: I would buy one if...
By biggsjm on 3/24/2009 4:58:29 PM , Rating: 3
I'm pretty sure that the iPhone OS 3.0 announcement included support for B/T file transfers.

RE: I would buy one if...
By oxymojoe on 3/24/2009 5:18:47 PM , Rating: 2
This is what I use on my iPhone and it will wake the dead:


I simply abhor Apple as a whole (more the average Apple consumer), but the iPhone is the first one I've kept for more than 2 months in the last 6 or 7 years.

This phone does some really weird stuff from time to time, but somehow redeems itself. But that's for MY wants and needs..everyone is different.

By ExarKun333 on 3/24/2009 3:43:47 PM , Rating: 5
With the article title, I was expecting to READ about the details of the new 3rd Gen iPhone. This isn't much of an article, more of just "heresay".

RE: ?
By callmeroy on 3/25/2009 9:37:57 AM , Rating: 1
This post should get a 6 just on telling the truth alone, its so annoying and of all the tech sites I visit DT is by far the largest offender of this practice. Its aggravating...

RE: ?
By mikecel79 on 3/25/2009 12:21:11 PM , Rating: 2
You are 100% correct. All this did was rehash the Boy Genius Report's article. When I see report in the front of an article I am expecting to see a little more in depth reporting not rehashing something posted on another site 2 days ago!

details revealed?
By RamsayGetLost on 3/24/2009 3:45:54 PM , Rating: 5
Apple and its U.S. service provider AT&T have remained coy about upcoming hardware updates.

Article title is a tad misleading...

Another misleading title...
By Vanilla Thunder on 3/24/2009 4:08:12 PM , Rating: 5
to lure people into a crappy story with no real new info.

Silly tradition
By sprockkets on 3/24/2009 4:15:58 PM , Rating: 5
There is no basis yet for this "tradition." The first release of the OS obviously needed a phone go to with, nothing unexpected there.

Then, so that the iphone actually was competitive with every other smartphone on Att, they needed to release a 3G version.

There is nothing from these two events that says "Apple releases a new phone every time they update the OS." More like, hey, it's a new year, time for a new model with an updated OS to work with it, like every other phone maker on the market!

By swizeus on 3/24/2009 7:44:28 PM , Rating: 2
HSDPA would be a 3.5 G. It's amazing that it is new in U.S. considering 3rd world have used this technology for a year now

By fmk2 on 3/24/2009 7:56:24 PM , Rating: 2
I live in the San Francisco Bay Area, and I've had HSDPA service from AT&T for roughly 3 years. It was spotty at first -- there were areas where you dropped to EDGE speed -- but it's been solid for some time now all over the Bay Area. That being said, I think HSDPA is still only available in major metropolitan areas in the US.

By icanhascpu on 3/24/2009 6:49:43 PM , Rating: 2
The only thing coy about this is Mick fishing for a substance less story to get..????

Smells a bit fishy to me.

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