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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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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.

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