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AT&T Could Cut iPhone Plan Prices

Posted May 18, 09 4:00 AM by Tanner Godarzi

image Another round of speculation is hitting the Internet as analysts share their thoughts on what AT&T’s next move will be once Apple rolls out another update to the iPhone. While we’ve heard everything ranging from an iPhone Nano to a more robust (and wallet burning expensive) iPhone Pro, no one has really thrown the ball in to AT&T’s court but their next big thing could be a price cut.

Yes, a price cut but only on their monthly iPhone plans. Since Apple seems gung-ho on expanding the iPhone in to as many people’s hands and ears as possible, a little nudging towards AT&T’s end to ease the cost of ownership has probably been in the cards for some time. There is nothing set in stone on what the magic number will be but the word going around is a move back to the $20 a month for a limited internet plan. The reduction in monthly rates would go hand in hand nicely with a lower cost (and feature reduced) iPhone which would finally shut up the rumor mill about a $99 iPhone. In addition to a… more...

Background Processes Could Be Coming To iPhone 3.0 After All

Posted May 16, 09 7:00 AM by Tanner Godarzi

imageThe run around between background processing for select Apps and Push Notification emulating such functionality has been a favorite topic for the rumor mill and even when Apple vehemently denied allowing Apps to run once they’re closed, the hope for having more than one App run at a time didn’t diminish. This time around, Apple may allow background processing on the next generation iPhone thanks to improvements in the underlying Hardware.

It’s rumored that the next generation iPhone will see a small bump to its Hardware specs, the most notable being the jump in RAM from 128 MB to 256 MB according to a Chinese tipster. Secondly, Apple may be considering a special set of designated Apps that can run in the background or continue separate processes (such as downloading or media playback) which could be selected by the user. As of now, the current Beta of Firmware 3.0 only supports Push Notification but once Apple’s annual World Wide Developers Conference rolls around, we could see more additions to each Beta build.

Via: iPhone Alley

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Next Generation iPhone To Obviously Pack Better Specs

Posted May 13, 09 10:00 AM by Tanner Godarzi
Categories: Design Development Rumor 

imageWhile the rumor mill clamors around the next generation iPhone, a Chinese tipster has supposedly handled the device thanks to a deep contact with Foxconn, Apple’s contracted partner to build the iPhone.

The source claims that the iPhone’s physical designs won’t change but the device’s underlying Hardware will improve somewhat. A faster 600 MHz processor, up from the iPhone 3G’s 532 MHz CPU will be included, RAM will be doubled from 128 MB to 256 MB and the storage upped from 16 GB to 32 GB. In addition, an FM Transmitter, Magnetometerand improved 3.2 Megapixel camera will make it into the final Hardware design.

Via iPhone Hacks

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Apple Bring More Graphics Horsepower To The iPhone

Posted May 4, 09 8:00 AM by Tanner Godarzi

imageApple is busily preparing the final designs of its next generation iPhone but the main focus seems to be the graphics prowess of the device. To bring stunning 3D visuals to the iPhone, Apple has brought inRaja Koduri, CTO of AMD.

In addition to Koduri, Apple already managed to nab Bob Drebin, another CTO from the Nvidia competitor. Apple has been consolidating all of its iPhone R&D and bringing it Cupertino since its purchase of PA Semi early last year. It will be interesting to see what Apple brings to the next iPhone in terms of graphic power but rumors have long floated around the Internet since PowerVR, the iPhone’s GPU supplier, engineered a low power chip that could drive HD resolutions. In addition, it’s been rumored Apple would introduce a new video output cable that would drive the iPhone’s external HD resolution.

Via: iPhones Talk

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Next Generation iPhone To Carry Video Editing Software?

Posted May 1, 09 8:00 AM by Tanner Godarzi
Categories: Hardware Features Rumor 

imageThe amount of evidence towards video editing in the next generation iPhone has been piling up since the first Betas of Firmware 3.0 were seeded out by Apple. However, Peter Burrows of Businessweeks says his sources are confident Apple will integrate video recording in the next generation iPhone.

Pete says that the addition of a video camera in Apple’s 3rd generation iPhone will be a lot more than another useful feature. According to the analyst, Apple would also bring a heavily slimmed down version of iMovie apt for the mobile device that would allow users to edit and share movies directly from their iPhones instead of importing the media into iMovie or even Final Cut when they get home. Another rumor floating around is that Apple would integrate a YouTube upload feature into its 3rd generation iPhone and could go hand in hand with the device’s new video editing capabilities.

Via: Macrumors

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Rumors resurface of trimmed down iPhone

Posted April 28, 09 6:38 AM by Chris Howard
Categories: Rumor 

Anyone who keeps an ear to the ground regards apple news would, as well have being trampled, heard repeatedly that the new iPhone 3.0 SDK has clear references to new devices aside from the existing iPhone. Many have speculated that it could be a small tablet device, such as netbook with a touch screen, and a trimmed down iPhone, called iPhone nano by some and iPhone lite by others.

Well, the good news for us rumor followers is our friends over at MacRumors have found BusinessWeek jumping on both the aforesaid bandwagons.

BusinessWeek believes One device is a smaller, less expensive calling device described by a person who has seen it as an “iPhone lite.” The other is a media pad that would let users listen to music, view photos, and watch high-definition videos, the person says. It would place calls over a Wi-Fi connection

Neither device sounds plausible to me but as WWDC approaches, prepare to be inundated with rumors about what those two mystery devices are.

Myself, I’ve been on the iPhone nano bandwagon since last year. I fully expect a trimmed down iPhone; however, unlike others, I don’t expect it to be smaller… more...

Hulu App Coming To iPhone With Extra Awesome

Posted April 24, 09 5:00 AM by Tanner Godarzi
Categories: App Store Rumor 

imageAccording to a rumor from Silicon Alley Insider, Hulu is developing an iPhone App that should be available soon and will be as good as Hulu’s own web interface. The kicker? It’ll work over WiFi and 3G.

I’m somewhat skeptical about the App being able to download video content over 3G considering SlingPlayer is being held in limbo for consuming too much data over the iPhone’s 3G connection. It’s exciting to see progress being made on the iPhone and that Hulu is one of the forerunners of bringing televised content to the iPhone.

We will have to wait and see how far this App goes as AT&T could ask Apple to deny the App to free up its data network.

Via: Gizmodo

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Next Gen iPhone Could Bring HD Capabilities, AppleTV Like Features

Posted April 22, 09 12:00 PM by Tanner Godarzi
Categories: Analysis Rumor 

imageAccording to recent rumors, Apple may be bringing a High Definition display to its next generation iPhone.

The rumor speculates that Apple will, in addition to adding a High Definition LCD to the iPhone, will also bring AppleTV like functionality with a new output cable that could support Component and/or HDMI inputs. The origin of the rumor, Phonenews.com believes that Apple’s recent clearance of the current iPhone Component and Composite output cables further strengthen its stance that a new output cable will make an appearance which in turn would support the new HD output on Apple’s next generation iPhone.

Via: Macrumors

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iPhone 3.0 Could Get Voice Control Features

Posted April 22, 09 5:00 AM by Tanner Godarzi
Categories: Rumor SDK 

imageRumors are pointing towards Apple adding a voice recognition and voice synthesis feature in to the iPhone 3.0 Firmware.

The voice synthesis feature would mimic the 3rd generation iPod Shuffle’s ability to name what song is currently playing. The application of this isn’t entirely known but could be used to speak names of launched Applications and the names of songs in the music library. One of the other features would be voice recognition running in the background which would enable hands free dialing and could be used in conjunction with mic equipped iPhone headphones for spoken commands of other system functions by pressing the play/pause button.

Via: iPhonestalk

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Verizion Says They’d Carry An iPhone On Its 4G Network

Posted April 17, 09 11:00 AM by Tanner Godarzi
Categories: Business Contest Rumor Verizon 

imageAlways one to boast about its network or bemoan rivals, Verizon has made a bold statement about the iPhone: they’d retract their stance on the iPhone and offer a model that runs on its upcoming 4G network.

All wireless carriers in the US are switching to the more advanced 4G network (based on LTE) and will eventually dump their 3G networks in the coming decade. While Verizon and Sprint utilize CDMA for their wireless connection in lieu of AT&T and T-Mobile using GSM, having an LTE connection would make phones much more universal with other carriers. This is what Verizon’s CEO, Ivan Seidenberg, is hoping for, that Apple will reconsider their approach to the iPhone and offer a 4G model so it can be used on their network with ease. Verizon later revealed he regretted choosing other touch screen phones over the iPhone.

Via: Apple Insider

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