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  • Apple's 4G Plan B


    According to DigiTimes, Apple has had a parallel iPhone development process going on in case there were problems with the new model. AppleInsider reports that the Taiwanese publication (with a spotty history of inside information) is claiming that Apple started work on a phone that "offers less change from previous iPhones" as a backup to the full-blown fourth-generation model. DigiTimes also claims that Apple had considered OLED screens for the new iPhone, but abandoned the idea when they found that Samsung couldn't deliver the high-quality displays in sufficient quantity.

    DigiTimes published an interview with its own Ming-Chi Kuo, "Digitimes Research senior analyst," about the various rumors and leaks surrounding Apple's forthcoming iPhone refresh. Kuo asserts that the Gizmodo phone is genuine, and that the N90 designator was known to "very few people outside the company... prior to the leak." He claims that there has been a separate development track on a product known by the code name "N91" since work on the fourth-generation iPhone began in 2008. He didn't reveal any details about the device, but intimated that it was similar to the iPhone 3GS in "casing, display resolution, digital camera support" and other features. Kuo gave no indication that any of the modifications present a problem that will delay the fourth-generation iPhone's expected release next month.

    The interview also discussed Apple's decision to go with LCD displays rather that active-matrix organic LED (AMOLED) screens like those used in the Nexus One. Supposedly, Samsung could only promise 50% to 60% of the required number to Apple, and at a much higher price than the in-plane switching (IPS) LCDs that the company decided on. Furthermore, Apple was unhappy with the sharpness of the display, particularly when rendering text. With Apple's focus on e-reader functions in the new device, they decided to go with screens similar to those on the iPad.

    Kuo also made statements regarding the new phone's processor, claiming that Apple will use the same Cortex A8-based A4 as the iPad, because of a lack of multi-core support in iPhone OS 4. And as far as the perennial rumor about a separate CDMA-based iPhone for Verizon or other carriers, Kuo asserts that Pegatron is working on such a phone, but that it had only reached the Engineer Verification Test stage. He says that the phone is likely to be released next year, rather than later this year as has been reported.

    image via Gizmodo
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple's 4G Plan B started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 75 Comments
    1. toyvan's Avatar
      toyvan -
      If this is true, and Apple goes with plan B, then I'm definitely going with plan C U LATER!!!!!

      EDIT: Ok, I lied...the iPhone had me at hello!
    1. jdm.accord's Avatar
      jdm.accord -
      The UI of the iPhone is so vastly superior to anything else, I'd be happy if they just upgraded the firmware to 4.0. Anything after that is a bonus to me lol
    1. SL4VE's Avatar
      SL4VE -
      tell you what, been a big apple fan but recently bought a HTC Desire and not looked back. still curious about the 4G launch but i dont think even at launch it will be as good as the desire. dont mean to wind anyone up but iPhones do get boring after a few years of same ol same
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      Do you simply ignore the App Store and all the functionality it provides? Not to mention what we already know of 4.0 like multi-tasking is going to open up a whole new world of functionality for the iPhone series.

      And doesn't the Desire run SenseUI? why not just throw regular android/Froyo on it?
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      Quote Originally Posted by rkswat View Post
      They have? First gen (phone one) looked nothing like 3g (phone two) which looked just like the 3gs (phone three). I don't see how your math fits.
      Saying that the gen1 and gen 2 phones look "nothing alike" is using the word "nothing" quite liberally...

      Quote Originally Posted by jdm.accord View Post
      The UI of the iPhone is so vastly superior to anything else, I'd be happy if they just upgraded the firmware to 4.0. Anything after that is a bonus to me lol
      To each his own, but all the iPhone OS's UI really is is a bunch of squares on a black screen. Plenty of UI look much nicer, but the phones have simply fallen short in other ways.

      Quote Originally Posted by jdm.accord View Post
      I sold two unlocked 3G 8GB on eBay last week. One sold for $325, the other for $355. Both were in good condition but still used.

      The price has risen since 3.1.3 was released and thus made unlocked ones harder to come by.
      The comment you just responded to was about selling an unlocked 3G for $700. $325 falls about $375 short of that $700 price mark.
    1. rhekt's Avatar
      rhekt -
      [fear monger]
    1. jayson9's Avatar
      jayson9 -
      If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it probably is another lame attempt to sell iPhones and service!!! Go D...R...O...I...D!!!
    1. Eagleye's Avatar
      Eagleye -
      this is totally Apple. "Lets not release our best product yet, lets dumb it down a little. Give em plan B, then in a year we can release plan A and it looks like we've been working really hard on an upgrade when really by that time, we have a whole new plan A & B for next year!" At the same time I doubt after all this media they would release something with the same casing and camera as the 3G... people are expecting something totally different and if apple doesn't deliver that, they'll really be in the doghouse.. and im pretty sure they know that. We'll just have to wait and see...
    1. Tedomcmillan's Avatar
      Tedomcmillan -
      Quote Originally Posted by sziklassy View Post
      Saying that the gen1 and gen 2 phones look "nothing alike" is using the word "nothing" quite liberally...



      To each his own, but all the iPhone OS's UI really is is a bunch of squares on a black screen. Plenty of UI look much nicer, but the phones have simply fallen short in other ways.



      The comment you just responded to was about selling an unlocked 3G for $700. $325 falls about $375 short of that $700 price mark.
      the comment was a response to not being able to get over $300 for a 3g. i corrected my post but even if you can get $250 for a 3g why wouldn't you sell and buy a 3gs for $200 or for $50 more a 32gb for $299. the 3g doesn't even compete with the 3gs. it's like having a car with 10k in engine upgrades and saying it's the same car because it looks the same.
    1. fish2k6's Avatar
      fish2k6 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Tedomcmillan View Post
      the comment was a response to not being able to get over $300 for a 3g. i corrected my post but even if you can get $250 for a 3g why wouldn't you sell and buy a 3gs for $200 or for $50 more a 32gb for $299. the 3g doesn't even compete with the 3gs. it's like having a car with 10k in engine upgrades and saying it's the same car because it looks the same.
      You aren't going to get a 3GS for $200 unless you are buying it with a contract from AT&T, which means that you are eligible for an upgrade, which means that is probably already your plan. I'm pretty sure at this point most 3G users still use that phone because they can't upgrade yet, not because they are too stupid to go buy a new phone or because they think the 3G is superior. If you have an unlocked 16GB 3G you might be able to find a great deal on a used 3GS and just about break even, but I highly doubt most people are going to sell a 3G, buy a 3GS, and come out ahead money wise unless they can buy a new one with an upgrade from AT&T.
    1. bruinsrme's Avatar
      bruinsrme -
      Apples plan b will result in my plan b.
    1. soderberg's Avatar
      soderberg -
      I like the Plan A better though, iPhone should give user a new face and back
    1. Freddy2Fred's Avatar
      Freddy2Fred -
      If the iPhone looks the same then I wont bother with the iPhone anymore. Im not even gonna bother buyin the EVO 4G cuz it runs Android and it sucks. I might as weel keep the iPhone 3GS and wait for the HTC Mondrian running Windows Phone 7.
    1. fresh801's Avatar
      fresh801 -
      Can't wait for the 7th to roll around
    1. athleticswimmer's Avatar
      athleticswimmer -
      Apple better release a phone that will be worth releasing cause if not itll be the same crap....it better have better resolution atleast hd or somethung imean c'mon and the camera could be better 2 also rumors dont really matter only reality does and for once it better catch up with life cause Im tired of the same simple and sleek design of the "iphone" bring a change for once dont just change the software.....CHANGE THE HARDWARE just what i think