More Details and Photos of Apple’s New iPhone Code Named ‘iPhone 3GS’?

John Gruber of Daring Fireball has just come out with his WWDC prediction. He has reiterated what he told us couple of weeks back that Apple’s new iPhone will have a faster processor, more RAM, more storage capacity, video camera.

He also expects Apple to announce the third generation iPhone at WWDC tomorrow.

Meanwhile, folks at NoWhereElse.fr have also posted images that claim to be photos of the next generation iPhone.

WWDC 2009 Predictions:

Gruber has a good track record with Apple predictions. He has just come out with his WWDC prediction. His predictions regarding the iPhone are as follows:

  • Apple will announce updated iPhones at WWDC with significantly faster processor, twice the RAM up from 128MB to 256MB and twice the storage capacity.
  • The pricing of the new iPhones would remain the same at $199 and $299.
  • The video camera is going to be the next big thing in the new iPhones just like we had heard.
  • Gruber has heard that the code name of the new iPhone is iPhone 3GS, though he is not certain if it will be officially called that and doesn’t know what it stands for. Any idea?
  • The battery life of the new iPhone will be 15-20% more than iPhone 3G. One of the biggest problems with iPhone 3G is its battery life, so I was looking for something in the range of 50% improvement. But improved battery life with a faster processor and new features like video recording might be something I can live with.
  • iPhone 3GS will have the same or similar form factor as iPhone 3G. I was hoping that the new iPhone will be slightly thinner, but he believes the existing cases will fit iPhone 3GS.
  • The other interesting thing he predicts is lower-priced iPhones. He believes that Apple will offer an iPhone for $99. However, he is not sure if it will be an iPhone nano/mini or the current 8GB iPhone 3G model at reduced price. He speculates it would be the later though he believes Apple will release an iPhone nano/mini at some point of time in the future. He is also not sure if will be announced at WWDC.
  • He expects AT&T to charge for the tethering feature which is part of iPhone OS 3.0. However, he isn’t sure how this will work with Apple’s various carrier partners around the world. I say the simplest solution to that problem would be to offer it for free.

Gruber has made some predictions for Snow Leopard, the next major version of Mac OS X and iTablet. You can checkout his post here for the details.

Is this the New iPhone?

Folks at NoWhereElse.fr have also posted photos of what they claim are of Apple’s new iPhone.

According to the photos, the new iPhone does not have a chrome rim, has a back cover with matte finish, a front-facing camera and more importantly iPhone OS 3.0 just like we have heard before.

But though Gruber mentioned a video camera, he did not have anything to say about the front facing camera.


New iPhone's photo

New iPhone's photo

New iPhone's photo

So if Gruber’s WWDC 2009 prediction and several other rumors and speculations turn out to be true, we will soon find out if these photos are of Apple’s new iPhone.

You can also check our news and rumor roundup of Apple’s new iPhone.

As always, please let us know your opinion in the comment section below.

Thanks Egypt and TJ for the tip!

[via Daring Fireball, NoWhereElse.fr via Engagdet]

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  • Jake

    Will it strip clothes off hot women?

  • wolverinemarky

    i was hoping for a lot better improved battery then that also and i was hoping for new model like the iPhone Pro concept or something as long as it still has the virtual keyboard so hope Gruber is wrong on those accounts I guess its a matter of hours before we finally found out

  • ngrfgt

    well that would make sense for the whole moving the ear hole thing if they put a camera there…

    that's something i've always wanted in my iphone. as long as it's not a shitty one like on the touch dual.

  • ZedSefi

    I want the new iPhone to look exactly like the above photos, I mean if these are not the real iPhone pictures then at least they predicted nearly the most of the physical apperiance that many people would expect.

    This is also great thing for me as I don't want iPhone's dimentions to be changed. The reason behind that is the fact that I own one of the external battery charger cases for iPhone 3G which triples the juice for me and I want to use it with new iPhone without having to buy another one :)

  • hxclos

    Now those are pictures I can believe. They just make sense. I don't think Apple wants to reinvent the iPhone, just improve it. I believe we can expect more physical changes next year. I'm not getting my hopes ups for an immediate release of the 3.0 OS either. I like it, I'll upgrade.

  • Tyler927

    I hate the look of not having the silver rim I think that the silver rim makes it look really nice and

  • TJ

    Unconfirmed rumor from my friend inside the lovely offices in Cupertino: next iPhone will come in a variety of flavors just like the 3G, like white. Also, Apple has been quietly mulling over the idea of multiple color options like the Nano, and some meetings (my friend is a designer) have discussed offering backs with Apple approved designs. Nothing to suggest any of these will come to fruition (the original iPhone was going to be a flip-phone after all, but obviously that didn't happen) but I figured I'd pass it on.

    Other news: Monday will have a surprise announcement. ;) And you all will like it. Alot. Like, squealing like girls at a Jonas Brothers concert, alot. Apple is my favorite.

  • joltes

    This website claims that the pictures are faked. http://www.iphonegold.org/iphone-v3-picture-article-149.html

  • vishnu

    i hate how it looks i dont like it

  • Vishnu

    This is fake because there is no app for digital compass
    Check the 3.0 pic of the digital compass

  • 3amer

    yea i dont like its looks either. but this most probably wat the new iphone is gonna look like….sad3

  • hxclos

    I don't think it's possible for Apple to put on a conference and not surprise anyone.

    In reply to joltes, that link does make a good case. To be honest, I don't care what the new iPhone looks like… I am going to buy it because knowing Apple, it will be great. Plus, who doesn't want a faster iPhone with the latest in technology?? Anyone?? oh I forgot some of you care more about looks. Never fear, there are always cases.

  • Kane2007uk

    Has there even been a confirmation that the compass will itself be an app and not just a selectable tool in Maps or something?

  • Gilberto Arellano

    I wonder if the new iPhone will support Nike+?
    iPhone 3gs? Second generation iPhone 3g.
    Or sport or special edition, ohh wait I got it speed.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/iphonehacks iPhoneHacks

    Very very interesting indeed, just can't wait for the Keynote address.

    Thanks for that info.

  • pleasure and pain

    i hope they don't change too much, wait another year or 2 to really start beefing it up, both the looks and hardware..

  • Ralph Holmes

    Vishnu claims phots as fake because no compas icon.
    Closer inspection shows 19 icons instead of 20, so who knows could be genuine

  • Louis

    Apple will be the only company that comes out with a new cell phone and and puts the old one back out in the market calling it the new iphone.

    Not rushing to go buy the same thing we already have.. I can guarantee that if its not the same phone the line will be going round the corner but if it's the same thing folks won't be dying to get in line for something they already have or can get while jail breaking.

    Hummm an iTablet. Now I'd eat PPJ for a year to get my hands on one of those..

  • Ben

    wow this is gay i was hoping it would have the front cam but its the same design as the 3g. I was hoping we'd get something new :S guess not. Im not going to line up this time its pretty much the same and maybe a little bit faster but w.e. .