Apple is developing new iPhone and plans to introduce it in September. The new iPhone a stronger chip for processing data and a more advanced camera, as Bloomberg reported according to two people familiar with the product.
The new device will include the A5 processor, the more powerful chip that Apple added to the iPad 2 earlier this year, together with an 8MP camera, compared with 5MP in the iPhone 4.
Bloomberg reported that the new phone will run the iOS 5 operating system Apple previewed at a developer’s conference this month. Codenamed “Telluride,” it will feature already-announced features such as improved messaging and photo-sharing. It’s also designed to run on all of Apple’s mobile devices, this person said. Until late last year, iPads, iPhones and iPod touches used slightly different versions of iOS.
According to Bloomberg, Apple is also working on a cheaper version of the iPhone intended to attract customers in developing countries. This device would use chips and displays of similar quality to today’s iPhone 4. Apple’s work on a smaller, lower-priced version of the device was discussed by people familiar with the matter in February.
Apple is also testing a new version of the iPad that has a higher resolution screen, similar to the one now used in the iPhone 4.
The screen resolution on Apple’s new iPad would be about one-third higher than that of the iPad 2 and will boast a more responsive touchscreen, one of the people familiar with the details of the project said.
The new iPhone will closely resemble the iPhone 4, the people said. As Apple upgrades its mobile operating system it may eventually stop guaranteeing that all iOS apps run on older models, such as the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS, one person who preferred to rest unknown said.
As Apple upgrades its mobile operating system it may eventually stop guaranteeing that all iOS apps run on older models, such as the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS, Bloomberg reported.
Apple postponed the launch of its iPhone 5 in order to whet its smartphone offering to counter the threat from the new breed of Androids like Samsung Galaxy S 2 and HTC Sensation.
However, it seems the delay has given its competitor Google sufficient time to prep its next version of Nexus phone – the Nexus 4G. Google’s pure version of the Android phone will possibly be released around Thanksgiving.
Apple has not kept pace with Google in the smartphone market. Researcher IDC projected that it would reach almost 1 billion units by the end of 2015. This year, Apple is planning to account for 18.2 percent of the global market, compared with 38.9 percent for devices running Android, according to IDC in Framingham, Massachusetts. [via Bloomberg, Guardian and International Business Times]