RUMOR: Next-gen Apple iPhone to feature LED flash, improved graphics, multitasking

Posted on January 9, 2010 by

From Ars Technica:

“Though most rumors as of late concern an Apple-designed tablet to be revealed later this month, the next version of the iPhone is getting its share of buzz as well,” Chris Foresman reports for Ars Technica.

“We have already seen some evidence that Apple might bump the iPhone’s camera up to five megapixels, but there is also evidence to suggest the company may add an LED ‘flash’ to improve its low-light picture-taking abilities,” Foresman reports. “Imagination Technologies, the company that develops the PowerVR graphics processors used in the iPhone, has also announced an improved SGX545 graphics processor core… Imagination says that the tech is already ‘licensed by a lead partner,’ and Apple’s investment in the company certainly qualifies it as one of those partners.”

Foresman reports, “Finally, The iPhone Blog reports that buzz around the CES show floor is that Apple plans to add some form of limited multitasking to the next version of the iPhone. The details are naturally non-specific, though Apple has cited battery life and user complexity for not allowing multiple third-party apps to run simultaneously. Apple may include a PA Semi-designed, low-power ARM Cortex A9 processor in the next iPhone, which would negate the extra battery drain and keep performance at acceptable levels.”

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