iPhone 2nd Generation

So more is coming out about the next iPhone, which we all know is going to be 3G. Someone found evidence of it in the recent update to the iPhone SDK. The SGOLD2 chipset will be replaced with the SGOLD3, which supports 3G networks (as we all expected). Looking at the specs some interesting things come out:

  • ARM 926 CPU capable of running up to 312 MHz – This isn’t that much more than the existing iPhone which is said to be underclocked to preserve battery life. Don’t expect much change here.
  • 5 Megapixel camera support – Capable, but don’t expect to see 5MP. I suspect it will be upgraded to 3MP and no higher to conserve costs.
  • MPEG4 / H.263 hardware accelerator – Sigh, no H.264 support. That’s a bummer. Apple could still use hardware support via another chip.
  • Support for video telephony, streaming, recording and playback – I wonder if Apple plans to utilize this. Video telephony could work over 3G networks (AT&T already did it with an LG CU500v). But it would require a potentially reworking the location of the camera on the phone.
  • 3G upgradeable with WCDMA coprocessor – Very interesting since this could allow Apple to offer the iPhone on CDMA networks, though the largest (Verizon) is going to become LTE a varient of GSM. That’s the largest CDMA network in the US. Still CDMA support will be needed for Japan.

Walt Mossberg initially said this is going down in 60 days, but now he’s retracted that statement. I still think a June timeline sounds about right. WWDC 2008 is June 9-13, 2008. Sounds about right.

4 thoughts on “iPhone 2nd Generation

  1. Well, if the iPhone 2.0 happens to sport the wcdma coproc supporting ev-do at 450MHz, it might find a way to some European markets too.

  2. Actually CDMA and W-CDMA are incompatible. W-CDMA is the 3G successor to GSM and forms part of UMTS. The 3G successor to CDMA is CDMA2000 and EV-DO.

    W-CDMA/UMTS is what AT&T are using for their 3G mobile network in the US, and what most European providers are using.

  3. Yes, and HSUPA is an extension of W-CDMA/UMTS 🙂

    HSUPA and HSDPA are to UTMS in the same way that EDGE and GPRS are to GSM. So AT&T will provide W-CDMA/UMTS and HSUPA, and your phone will use whatever it can support.

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