Apple, who is struggling to make a profit in Australia despite revenues of $1.6 Billion in 2009, is set to reveal a new phone this week at their annual Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco. It is also tipped that the company will announce a major upgrade to their Safari Internet browser.
The new phone called the iPhone 4G, was famously left in a San Francisco beer hall and picked apart by various publications.
From those who have seen the new iPhone 4G it appears to be heavier than previous models, it also appears to have a new but smaller screen with some speculating that it will have an OLED screen.
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The current iPhone 3GS has a 480×320 pixel resolution screen, while the new iPhone 4G is tipped to have a 960×640 resolution screen.
A big improvement is said to be the introduction of a multitasking and a new OS4 operating system.
This will allow multiple applications to be run simultaneously and is being introduced to the success of Google Android based phones that already have multitasking. Another big improvement is believed to be the battery life of the device despite the introduction of a brighter screen.
The new phone is supposed to have a new battery that is 16 per cent larger than in previous models.
Apple is expected to bring the storage capacity of its iPhones in to line with the iPod touch range, which means we could see a 64GB iPhone 4G.
Also being introduced is a new five megapixel camera and a flash capability. The rear-facing lens is said to be much bigger than on previous models.
There is also speculation that the new phone could support high-definition video recording which would see it competing up against the Cisco Flip and similar HD Video cameras from JVC, Sanyo and Kodak.
According to gadget websites, the iPhone uses one of Apple’s own processors, similar to the one found in the iPad. That could give the iPhone an additional speed bump, which could be crucial if it is to handle its new multitasking responsibilities with aplomb.
Apple insiders are claiming that the new iPhone will have a microSIM, rather than the standard-sized SIM card used by other mobile phones.
Another new feature is wireless synching similar to what is found in the HTC HD2 Windows Mobile based phone.
It means that data could be backed up across the home Wi-Fi network, while new songs, photos and movies could be transferred to and from the device without the need for a USB cable. Microsoft already offers wireless synching on its Zune music player, and will be integrating the feature in to mobile phones running the Windows Phone operating system.
There is also speculation that the device could go on sale as soon as it is announced on June 7 (June 8 in Australia).