Someone let the inmates out of the asylum today and the iPhone rumor mill kicked into high gear. First was WSJ's report that a new iPhone is coming this Summer (ya think?) and that Apple is also developing a CDMA iPhone for Verizon Wireless. Then came a few more goodies, fast-and-furious style:
Engadget says they were told the new device will be called "iPhone HD" and will be announced on Tuesday, June 22nd. The HD moniker jibes with recent leaked screen shots depicting new "HD" and "XL" categories in the Apple App Store. If this is true - and that's a big if - HD would seem to denote apps designed for iPhone HD's new screen resolution (see below), while XL could mark iPad's 1024 x 768 resolution.
Darren Murph at Engadget also tossed around the idea that AT&T might be getting an exclusive on the new iPhone this Summer, while Verizon would be getting the current model, or some other lesser Apple-made handset.
Daring Fireball's Jon Gruber - who has reputations both for being a grumpy Apple fanboy and rather accurate when it comes to predicting future Apple product releases - dropped some specs into the iPhone rumor mill while also calling WSJ out for more or less reporting nothing. The interesting bits regarding the next-gen iPhone?
- 960 x 640 resolution display
- Front-facing camera
- Third-party multitasking in iPhone OS 4
- Apple A4 CPU (the next in Apple's new family of systems-on-a-chip, christened with iPad)
And finally the Wall Street Journal, who started this whole mess earlier this afternoon, cites "two people familiar with the device" as saying the new iPhone will be "thinner and have a faster processor." Didn't see that one comin' ;-)
Would iPhone on Verizon make you jump carriers or handset makers? What if VZW got the "old" iPhone and AT&T got the new iPhone HD, what would you do then? Or do you not care, and wouldn't be caught dead with an Apple device in your hand? Talk it out in the comments, why don'tcha?