New iPhone Specs, Launch Date Leaked?


CC-licensed mockup by Victor Anselme. Note: this image did not appear on the iPhone Apps blog.

The new iPhone will be available July 17 and will have a bunch of new features, including video recording and editing, a digital compass, turn-by-turn directions, and a better battery, according to an obscure blog called iPhone Apps.

The blog, who no one has ever heard of before, claims to have been contacted by a “reputable source,” who is “closely connected to Apple’s hardware development team.”

Whatever. I’m dubious, but the rumor somewhat gels with previous rumors and the site’s detail and specificity lend the claims are certain credence. Kinda.

Full specs after the jump.

* 32GB and 16GB to replace current capacities

* $199 and $299 price-points to be maintained

* 3.2 Megapixel camera

* Video recording & editing capabilities

* Ability to send a picture & video via MMS

* Discontinuation of the metal band surrounding the edge of the device

* OLED screen

* 1.5X The battery life

* Double the RAM and processing power

* Built-in FM transmitter

* Apple logo on the back to light up

* Rubber-tread backing

* Sleeker design

* Built-in compass

* Revolutionary combination of the camera, GPS, compass, and Google maps to identify photo and inform about photo locations.

* Turn by turn directions

* July 17th, 2009 release date

There’s a few fishy features here. The site says the new iPhone will include a built-in FM transmitter (WTF, to put Griffin out of business?), double the processing power, and an OLED screen. An OLED screen would certainly afford better battery life (maybe this is where the 1.5X battery life comes from).

However, they aren’t yet shipping in volume yet. An OLED screen would be expensive, adding considerable cost to the new handset, which makes it unlikely.

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