We're just a few months away from the launch of Apple's next iPhone. Rumors abound as to what sort of hardware and software features this new iteration will pack. Earlier today I had a chat with Aaron Vronko, CEO of Rapid Repair. He gave his predictions for the iPhone 2010 aka iPhone 4G.
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While many analysts are expecting high-end processors and massive hardware improvements, Vronko was much more reserved. He expects the iPhone 2010 will pack a similar (if not identical) chip to the iPad. However, he also predicts that the iPad's processor will be underclocked, down to around 600 MHz.
“It is not going to be much faster than last year's 3GS. I think we're talking about a 25% increase in hardware speed. The reason they're doing this is for battery life.”
Vronko believes that, with the same size battery, the iPhone 2010 could almost double the battery life of the 3GS. Even if they cut the overall size of the battery, the iPhone 2010 will almost certainly see a substantial leap in battery life. Boosting the iPhone's battery life would be a much more worthwhile endeavour than adding a 1Ghz processor.
“...Apple doesn't want to move the target again, they do not want to turn app development into a hardware racing game.”
A massive jump forward in hardware would effectively add a partition to the App Store. Apple generally prefers to update hardware one year, and design the next.
“I think what we should really expect, hardware wise, for this next generation of iPhone is a design overhaul. The size, style, and some app functionality may change... Focus will be on second tier apps, as well as on the style of the phone.”
And what changes can we expect for the design of the iPhone itself?
“I think it will most likely have a Mac unibody look. Overall it will have the appearance of being one piece of glass, and one solid piece of aluminium. The most likely [design] will be an even thickness all around.”
There's a pretty good chance that screen will be OLED, according to Mr. Vronko. He was unwilling to call it a total lock due to the strain on battery life, as well as the issues OLED has in sunlight.
“They could be the first company to use Samsung's super OLEDs. I wouldn't be surprised to see Apple be the first OEM to implement that, since Samsung and Apple have a strong working relationship.”
Vronko was doubtful the memory size categories will change. He does think it is likely that the iPhone 2010 will see a RAM upgrade, up to 512 MB. The camera will almost certainly bump up to 5 MP.
I closed the interview out by asking Mr. Vronko when he felt Apple would finally implement multi-tasking.
“If Apple enables multitasking, I doubt it will make it in until mid-2011. Apple is loathe to create 'haves' and 'have-nots' in their user base. The 3GS is capable of handling multitasking, but the 3G and 2G are not. Once you're in 2011, you've eliminated those handsets from your mainstream users and Apple can afford to intro multitasking.”