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  • 960x640 Screen, 512MB RAM in iPhone HD?


    According to reports out today, Apple has placed a big order for next-generation iPhones that could live up to their rumored name of "iPhone HD." The sometimes-on-target-sometimes-off Taiwanese trade publication DigiTimes claims that the phone will have a 960640 touchscreen, and doubled RAM capacity to 512MB, as well as a larger battery. The report says that Foxconn, the same company which builds the current iPhone, received an order for 24 million devices to be shipped starting in June.

    Ming-Chi Kuo of "DigiTimes Research" says that the high resolution screen will use in-plane switching (IPS), the same technology used in the iPad as well as the 27-inch iMac to improve the screen's visibility when viewed at an angle. The screen (reportedly from LG Display and Prime View International, the company behind E Ink "electronic paper") also features fringe-field switching (FFS) for better readability in sunlight, emphasizing Apple's new focus on its mobile devices as e-readers. The screen in supposed to be 33% thinner than existing iPhone displays, in order to make room for larger battery modules supplied by Simplo Technology and Dynapack International Technology. The teardown of the Gizmodo phone showed a battery 16% larger than the one on the iPhone 3GS.

    Kuo also reports the new phone will use the same A4 system-on-a-chip, rather than the multicore Cortex A9, and that RAM will be increased to 512MB. The Gizmodo phone, by contrast, had 256MB of RAM, as did the phone revealed on a Vietnamese website last week.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: 960x640 Screen, 512MB RAM in iPhone HD? started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 89 Comments
    1. manickbarry's Avatar
      manickbarry -
      Well if apple don't improve on virtually every aspect I will move to a HTC device
    1. mj0528's Avatar
      mj0528 -
      yea, the hd2 looks sweet
    1. politicalslug's Avatar
      politicalslug -
      If the iPad only has 256MB of RAM I find it highly unlikely that the next iPhone would have double that. They'll both be running the same OS, but the iPad has a good deal more pixels to push, so if anything you'd assume they'd have given it more RAM. Clearly they (APPLE) thought 256MB would be sufficient. Android, WinMo, and now WebOS have 512 devices because they are horribly inefficient at multitasking. Unless you close programs manually or reboot regularly you'll see the more and more RAM needed until you haven't anymore and programs run slowly and get closed. The services method employed in OS4 (iPhone) doesn't have that kind of overhead. Apps don't run in the background, only portions of apps run (like streaming music or tracking GPS data without the need to render the user interface). This approach makes a hell of a lot more sense on a mobile device than allowing everything to run willy nilly, eating up RAM like candy. Some of you might want to have apps running in the background, instead of just services, but frankly it makes no practical difference which method is employed except as it relates to performance and battery life; the user sees gets the same experience either way.
    1. daytonaviolet's Avatar
      daytonaviolet -
      Quote Originally Posted by M4tt Dam0n View Post
      So you're basically ranting about a 1% pixel difference. *sigh*

      Lol and Zune HD is 480 x 272 and microsoft called it HD.
      although the Zune HD screen can only support 480x272.. the device can display higher resolutions once its synced to another display screen.

      Zune HD 32
      Video support
      Windows Media Video (WMV) (.wmv); Main and Simple Profile, CBR or VBR, up to 10.0 Mbps peak video bit rate; 720 pixels x 480 pixels up to 30 frames per second (or 720 pixels x 576 pixels up to 25 frames per second); Advanced profile up to L2, 1280 pixels x 720 pixels up to 30 frames per second, CBR or VBR, up to 14.0 Mbps peak video bitrate;Zune software will transcode HD WMV files above stated capabilities at device sync
      MPEG-4 (MP4/M4V) (.mp4) Part 2 video3; Simple Profile up to 4.0 Mbps peak video bit rate; 720 pixels x 480 pixels up to 30 frames per second (or 720 pixels x 576 pixels up to 25 frames per second); Zune software will transcode HD MPEG-4 files at device sync
      H.264 video3; Baseline Profile + bframes, up to 10 Mbps peak video bit rate; 720 pixels x 480 pixels up to 30 frames per second (or 720 pixels x 576 pixels up to 25 frames per second);1280 pixels x 720 pixels up to 30 frames per second, up to level 3.1 and 14.0 Mbps peak video bitrate; Zune software will transcode HD WMV files above the stated capabilities at device sync
      DVR-MS4; Zune software will transcode at time of sync
    1. zYxMa's Avatar
      zYxMa -
      Guys if you want to change your iPhone to HTC, pelase do so now :P
    1. bennybenny's Avatar
      bennybenny -
      Why's that? Should we at least wait till the iPhone is released, as tempting as it is to swap to HTC, it's so hard cos I'm used to the iPhone interface- but that could be bad thing
    1. iPhoneThereforeIAm's Avatar
      iPhoneThereforeIAm -
      Quote Originally Posted by cypherpunk View Post
      I just hope the increase battery capacity is enough to offset to power this is gonna suck up.
      When will people quit whining about battery-life ?

      Hopefully, when they understand that the device has the processing power of a 2002 PC.

      Hopefully too, when they understand that having the word "Phone" in the name doesn't mean it has the same power requirements as a $20 dumbphone.

      As Scotty might have said "I cannae change the laws of physics, cap'n".

      If you can't live with the battery life, devise a new battery technology or STFU already.
    1. v1shal's Avatar
      v1shal -
      have to see it to believe it. Though i will upgrade and pay the difference. Hope it lives up to all the hype.
    1. zYxMa's Avatar
      zYxMa -
      Quote Originally Posted by bennybenny View Post
      Why's that? Should we at least wait till the iPhone is released, as tempting as it is to swap to HTC, it's so hard cos I'm used to the iPhone interface- but that could be bad thing
      I'm just being sarcastic as I know that WM or Android or Symbian is FAAAAAAAR from iPhone OS :]

      I had all devices using all systems mentioned above and I loved iPhone OS interface too, even though I was so against any phone from apple, but not anymore. Now I recommend it to all I know, but nobody seems to believe me and it is too expensive for some. The HTC Desire I'm getting from tmobile is going away via ebay straight away.