Xavier Verhoeven May 20, 2010
Speculation surrounding the next generation iPhone is getting out of control lately. Following the initial leak by Gizmodo, and another prototype showing up in Vietnam (they also showed off the recent MacBook revision before it was released, and now have an iPod touch prototype), other tidbits are popping up to support the unveiling of a now-familiar phone in June.
Firstly, HardMac has published images (pictured) of fourth generation iPhone cases that match the flat-back design of the new iPhone.
Meanwhile, a Digitimes report from Taiwan suggests that Foxconn, who manufacture hardware for Apple, will ship 24 million new iPhones in 2010. Shipments will start in June, with 4.5 million units reportedly going out before the end of the the month.
The Digitimes report adds a few new rumours to the mix too, noting the iPhone will feature an IPS (in plane switching) display with FFS (fringe-field switching) to maximise readability at extreme viewing angles and in direct sunlight. The report also suggests a 960×640 resolution for the display, which has been widely rumoured since a Daring Fireball post in March.
The biggest news is that the iPhone will reportedly run an ARM Cortex A8 processor (not Apple’s own A4, like John Gruber suggests in the Daring Fireball post above), and feature 512MB of RAM – double that of the current 3GS.
Another notable mention in the iPhone rumour hubbub is the Chinese site taobao.com, which is showing off a white faceplate to surround the new phone’s screen – a feature that the iPhone 3G and 3GS have not had, despite a white model being available (only the back casing is white on these models). It’s unclear whether these parts are actual leaked Apple hardware, or some sort of DIY alteration.