Earlier today we caught a glimpse of an iPhone HD that ended up in Vietnam. How that happened is anyone’s guess, we’re just amused that Steve Jobs is having a hard time keeping his precious little toys a secret. Compared to the iPhone 4G that Gizmodo picked up for $5 thousand, this model looks more polished. The screws that held Gizmodo’s unit together are gone from the Vietnamese model, and the text on the back no longer shows XX GB, but instead says 16 GB.
Anyway, after the quick photoshoot and video, which you can check out in James’ post, something caught the eye of Chipworks, one of the folks who took apart the iPad, and even the iPad’s Apple A4 processor.
If silk screened labels and stickers are to be believed, than the “339S0084” and “APL0398” markings that appear on this new iPhone mean it has the same Apple branded processor chip that powers Apple’s iPad. Is it clocked at the same 1 GHz frequency? With Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference less than a month away, we can’t wait to hear about the guts of one of the most infamous gadgets to have ever leaked out of a factory in China, and out of a bar in California. The iPhone is going to need that beefy processor if the rumours about 720p video capture are true. Add to that a double resolution screen, and you’re looking at a need for not only increased processing power, but graphic horsepower too.
When Steve Jobs got on stage during an internal meeting earlier this year and called the next iPhone an “A+ upgrade”, he looks like he wasn’t kidding. I’m still hoping that one of the features we don’t know about yet is NFC integration. Someone needs to put their foot down and start making a mobile phone that adopts that technology, then the market, like they always do, will copy Apple.
Feature for feature.