The conference circuit is cooling down and it’s getting to be about that time of year when everyone takes a stab at predicting specifications for next-generation iPhone hardware coming out of Apple’s homebase in Cupertino, CA. This morning we saw the WSJ stir up the rumor mill with claims that a CDMA iPhone is in the works for Verizon Wireless. Now, we have Daring Fireball adding more fuel to the fire. According to DF, the iPhone 4G is expected to sport an impressively high-resolution 940 x 640 capacitive touchscreen display with an oft-rumored forward-facing camera gracing the front face of the handset. There’s also supposed to be an Apple A4 processor under the hood, with the iPhone OS 4.0 supporting multitasking of third-party iPhone apps.
There are a lot of iPhone rumors hitting the wires in a week that is largely dominated by Apple iPad chatter. Still, we should point out that these rumors are little more than speculation until Apple comes clean later this year. DF has been known to leak some accurate specs, but we’re still going to hold off on counting the eggs in our iPhone-basket until they actually hatch.
The high-resolution display would account for the slightly larger iPhone display glass that was leaked earlier this year – the thinking being that more pixels would probably require more screen real-estate. It’s not clear if the front-facing camera, if present, will be used for video conferencing, or just for self portraits.
If true, the next iteration of the Apple phone might be enough to battle smartphone superstars from Samsung and HTC. We’ve previously heard that the upcoming handset would sport integrated RFID technology that would enable it to function as digital identification or an e-wallet for wireless payments. There’s also supposed to be some sort of LED flash to help the iPhone 4G’s camera in low light situations. Multitasking has also been a hot-button issue for Apple, and has been widely speculated as launching on the iPhone 4G. But, how many of these rumors will actually pan out?