Soon after the Wall Street Journal posted a report on Apple’s “apparent” plans to release a new version of the iPhone this summer, several tech pundits and Apple-focused publications hopped on the rumor wagon to add their own bits of information in regards to the next generation of iPhones. Some go as far as claiming that they already have parts that would later make up the 4G device.
Engadget has been tipped off by an anonymous source that Apple’s next-generation iPhone would be announced on Tuesday, June 22. Dubbed iPhone HD, “[The] next iPhone is being manufactured by Taiwanese contract manufacturer Hon Hai Precision Industry,” which also assembles the current line of iPhones.
Tech pundit John Gruber, of Daring Fireball, claims the WSJ report is low on details, which otherwise wouldn’t be the case, hadn’t the Journal quoted people familiar with Apple’s plans. But, then, Gruber goes to point out his own knowledge on the matter, which includes the fact that the next-generation iPhone will be powered by an A4-family CPU system-on-a-chip, a 960x640 double-resolution display, a front-facing camera, and third-party multitasking enabled by iPhone OS 4.0.
Finally, images and a video of a purported fourth-generation iPhone replacement faceplate have been leaked by SmartPhone Medic, a repair facility that handles Apple hardware. The company isn’t affiliated with Apple itself, of course. They show the supposed 4G iPhone’s faceplate as being slightly taller than that of current iPhone models. The part also features what looks like a front-facing camera hole next to the speaker. While the images could well be considered fake, a good quality video like the one posted by SmartPhone Medic tends to be quite credible. It remains to be seen whether that’s actually a part making up the new iPhone.