Earlier this week, the technology blog Gizmodo announced that it has seen a prototype of the new Apple iPhone. The blog post wasn’t simply a list of tech specs and iPhone features; rather it was a detailed look with photos of the external and internal parts of Apple’s new iPhone. According to subsequent discussion on the web and in the media, the leaked iPhone is indeed Apple’s latest prototype of a new iPhone due out in June or July. Moreover, the leaked iPhone-which was apparently lost by an Apple engineer testing the phone-appears to be very close to its final state. Based on the Gizmodo post and Apple’s recent announcement of iPhone OS 4, iPhone uses have some exciting new features to look forward to in the upcoming months.
With Gizmodo’s profile of the leaked iPhone, all eyes are looking towards the features of the leaked iPhone. While the lost iPhone was no longer operating by the time Gizmodo got a hold of it (making software tests impossible), there is a lot to be learned about the leaked iPhone based on the physical hardware.
Gizmodo reports that the leaked iPhone features new hardware and features throughout-much of which seems to a response to criticism over the years. New features include a front-facing video camera that can be used for video chat, a flash for the iPhone’s camera (which seems to be larger than the cameras on existing iPhones), and an improved display featuring a higher resolution. All of these iPhone features will be popular with iPhone users, as they have been among frequently requested upgrades. Additionally, the hardware throughout the leaked iPhone is smaller in order to make room for a removable battery that is larger than the existing iPhone battery. This will make it easier for iPhone users to replace the battery-and coupled with CPU upgrades-it will hopefully mean that the leaked iPhone will have improved battery life.
However, while the hardware in the leaked iPhone has drawn a lot of attention, those interested in the features of the leaked iPhone should also pay attention to the new software.
According to the Gizmodo report, the leaked iPhone runs Apple iPhone OS 4. While this is no surprise, it is worth remembering that Apple’s recent announcement of iPhone OS 4 was exciting in its own right. Most importantly, the new OS will allow the leaked iPhone to run applications in the background. This will be a significant new feature and will do much to mute criticism of the Apple iPhone. In addition to multitasking, the new OS will also feature the ability to store apps in folders (important because many iPhone users experience app overload), an iBooks app for accessing Apple’s eBook offerings, and a social gaming network called Game Center that will improve gaming on the iPhone. A significantly less exciting-although every bit as useful-upgrade is the inclusion of a new mail app that allows for better threading and the ability to open attachments in their respective apps. It’s a practical improvement that all iPhone users will appreciate.
With regard to both the hardware upgrades and the software upgrades, the leaked iPhone looks to be a dramatic step forward for the Apple iPhone. It shows that Apple is willing to respond to criticism and is committed to selling a quality smart phone. Moreover, the new hardware and OS means that countless numbers of new applications will be produced to take advantage of the new iPhone features. These new apps will of course mean that consumers will have even more reason to become attached to their iPhones.
Overall, the features of the leaked iPhone will make Apple fans-and mobile phone fans everywhere-drool. From long requested features such as a camera to do video chats to a new design, the features of the leaked iPhone are something to look forward to. These iPhone features-coupled with the upcoming release of iPhone OS 4-will help the iPhone to retain its position as the best smart phone on the market.
Jason Chen, “This Is Apple’s Next iPhone,” Gizmodo.com.
John Gruber, “Gizmodo and the Prototype iPhone,” DaringFireball.net.
Frederic Lardinois, “Apple Announces iPhone OS 4 with Support for Multitasking,” ReadWriteWeb.com.