Crazy Overnight 3G iPhone Leaks! Tri-Band UMTS! GPS! Video Calls!

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Good heavens, but a lot can change when you get on one plane. I just arrived in Atlanta (friend’s wedding), hopped online, and the Intertubes have gone mad with credible leaks for the iPhone 2 that is universally expected to be introduced at Monday’s WWDC keynote. None of it is 100 percent confirmed, obviously (lots of commeters are skeptical about the missing lock button on the RED model), but these are much better than typical pre-keynote speculation. Here’s what you need to know:

  1. True iChat mobile looks to be a go. CrunchGear obtained what appears to be an AT&T or Apple promotional flier showing off the industrial design and features of the iPhone 2 that spotlights its front-facing camera for video phone calls over 3G networks, and video conferencing with iChat users over WiFi where available.
  2. Subtle Changes to Industrial Design. The front of the new iPhone looks virtually identical, but the back has changed, using a matte black back with shiny silver Apple, as well as a (Product) RED model that swaps in a red back to fight AIDS. The tapering evokes the industrial design of the MacBook Air and might offer clues to the look of the rumored new MacBooks, as well. Still no flash on the camera, either.
  3. iChat for Windows. To really push video chat on iPhone, it looks like Apple will roll out iChat for Windows. I repeat: iChat for Windows will soon be available.
  4. 3G Networking, 5 MP camera, GPS. Engadget reports that a source got a copy of the firmware for the device, which discloses the actual silicon that the iPhone 2 runs on. We’re talking about quad-band GSM with tri-band UMTS, which basically means that the new iPhone can run at blazing speeds in virtually every market in the world (except lots of the United States, of course). The chip powering it is confirmed to be Infineon’s S-GOLD3H, which has support for up to 7.2 Mbps networking, 5 megapixel camera support and mobile TV access. I would still be shocked to see mobile TV, of course. The firmware also includes hooks for GPS connectivity, so that looks likely, too.

Quite a flurry of activity. Only Steve will prove or disprove the accuracy of these reports.

21 responses to “Crazy Overnight 3G iPhone Leaks! Tri-Band UMTS! GPS! Video Calls!”

  1. Andrew Mayne says:

    Come on guys! The alleged ad is obviously a goof.

  2. Chaz Mangus says:

    Man, iChat for my iPhone would be amazing i would buy everyone in my family one. I think they are going to sale even more iphones if this is the case and the cheap people that have first gen iphone are going to be pissed. Apple does it again.

  3. C Rolls says:

    I had no idea that (product) red was still going on — I smell a fake.

  4. innhitman says:

    In order to have video calls of ANY kind, Apple would have to fix the volume/quality of the speaker system in the iPhone. The current speaker/quality of sound is WAAAYY behind the industry. I would upgrade instantly if only the speaker quality improved.

  5. Vincent Lee says:

    1. How is video purportedly taken by the iPhone while video chatting if the iPhone’s “5 MP Camera” is in the back?

    2. I sincerely doubt any Product(RED) activity in the iPhone, since Product(RED) products from Apple have always been announced after the initial release of the product, albeit kept in updates (see iPod nano 2G-3G).

    3. Obvious flaws in the graphic point to the images’ spurious nature.

    4. What is this “available for iPhone” phrase doing there? Or the dash (which is usually supplanted with Apple by Mac+PC, etc.)?

    Just some thoughts~

  6. KoenH says:

    BTW: Where is the SLEEP button on the RED version?!!?
    Looks like a fake picture to me…

  7. Jim says:

    You really should have let people know these were fake. These were known to be fake from the start, and it’s a bit of a disservice to your readership to not let them know that up front.

  8. Fred says:

    go to http://www.macblogz.com. U can figure it out there.

  9. thewolf.cc says:

    Hell with iphone 3g….I sold my first gen iphone to buy the Lg Voyager and I remain deleriously estatic. Voyager browser is thisclose to iphone browsing experience and I can zoom in or out of a page instantly witha rocker or a button. No more feeling like I’m cooking with Mrs. Dash by adding a pinch here and there.

    Iphone youtube does not allow you to read viewers comments. With the Voyager and m.youtube.com, you can read all comments and see the same exact videos.

    Verizon kills Att in phone service. Iphone flatlined everytime I went ina building. 5 bars? The only bars Att knows is the watering holes where their execs get sloshed every night.

    Voyager is a better phone.

  10. thewolf.cc says:

    Hell with iphone 3g….I sold my first gen iphone to buy the Lg Voyager and I remain deleriously estatic. Voyager browser is thisclose to iphone browsing experience and I can zoom in or out of a page instantly witha rocker or a button. No more feeling like I’m cooking with Mrs. Dash by adding a pinch here and there.

    Iphone youtube does not allow you to read viewers comments. With the Voyager and m.youtube.com, you can read all comments and see the same exact videos.

    Verizon kills Att in phone service. Iphone flatlined everytime I went ina building. 5 bars? The only bars Att knows is the watering holes where their execs get sloshed every night.

    Voyager is a better phone.

  11. jaspreet says:

    How to Convert Youtube or Google videos to iPod, PSP, etc on Mac for free?