It’s being reported by AppleInsider that the Korea Times has heard some juicy information from KT, the exclusive carrier of the iPhone in South Korea, about Apple’s upcoming, fourth generation iPhone. They are claiming that the phone’s specs will include the following…
- OLED screen
- Front-facing camera for video chat
- Dual-core Processor
- More powerful graphics capabilities
- Removable battery (stated to be “highly likely”)
New PowerVR Chip For 4G iPhone?
The company whose graphics processing units have powered every iPhone unveiled its new chip at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Friday. The HD-capable PowerVR SGX545 GPU has full support for both OpenGL 3.2 and OpenCL 1.0 and can render 40 million polygons per second at 200MHz. Speculation has already begun that this will be thegraphics engine used in the fourth-generation iPhone expected this summer.
The graphics on the iPhone – which have garnered praise over the years – are widely considered overdue for an upgrade: the iPhone’s 320 × 480 display pales in comparison to the Motorola Droid’s 854 x 480 pixel screen. An HD-capable iPhone would be a logical next step for the device. The PowerVR core’s OpenCL support in the holds out the possibility that the GPU could be used to relieve the main processor on a futureiPhone that runs OpenCL software. The SGX545 also supports multithreading, and so could further maximize performance when installed alongside a multi-core processor like the ARM Cortex-A9, which has itself been rumored as the CPU thatApple will use in the 4G iPhone.
The company expects its chip to be used not just in phones but in netbooks as well, touting the core’s DirectX support.
Combining our many years of experience in the embedded, mobile and PC-based DirectX graphics worlds, PowerVR SGX 545 takes the possibilities of hand-held graphics to a new level by delivering a full DirectX 10.1 and OpenGL 3.x feature set as well as delivering GPU powered OpenCL heterogeneous parallel processing capabilities for the mobile and embedded markets. This makes PowerVR SGX545 a compelling solution for application processor SoC designers targeting the next generation of netbook and MID mobile products demanding exceptionalgraphics capabilities.
Imagination has not yet begun production of the SGX545, but says it has begun licensing the chip and, notably, has already produced some test units for a company it refers to as a “lead partner.” Given thatApple has used PowerVR cores in every iPhone and iPod touch to date and owns almost ten percent of Imagination, it’s not unrealistic to speculate that they are talking about Apple.
In addition to this, AppleInsider suspects the processor to be the Cortex-A9 from ARM. This processor can handle clock speeds up to 2GHz, which is unheard of in a smartphone. However, Apple would most likely underclock it to keep power consumption at a minimum. They are also reporting that Apple has purchased a large amount of LED camera flash components. One could deduce from this that the next iPhone will likely have a flash for taking pictures.
The Korea Times also states that KT plans to sell the new iPhone to corporate clients for a “litmus test” this April. Others are said to receive the phone in June. A “high ranking KT executive” claims that this will happen because both they, and Apple, want the advanced models to be introduced“as early as possible.”
If all of this is true, Apple may completely re-define Google’s new “superphone” classification. It’s also possible that the new iPhone will be available for Verizon as a CDMA device. This would certainly explain the inclusion of video chat capabilities. As it currently stands, AT&T doesn’t seem to be in a position to take on such an excess amount of video traffic. Hopefully, all of our questions will be answered at Apple’s January 26th event.
Hope all things comeout well.