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  • Hints of HD Video Recording for iPhone 4G


    Almost lost in the enormous hype surrounding the iPad release and subsequent Apple 'town hall' was the pre-announcement of the fourth-generation iPhone, which Steve Jobs declared would be an "A+ upgrade." Rumors had been going around about a possible CDMA version of the phone which did not emerge of the iPad event, and there's scanty evidence even to base a rumor on. The iPhone 3.2 SDK, though, at least provides some clues as to Apple's internal development. Hidden in the details is an increased maximum video width for an unknown device believed to be the 4G iPhone, at a resolution that indicates that the new phone's camera will be capable of HD recording.

    The property lists in the SDK's simulator bundle are stored in separate folders corresponding to specific iPhone OS models, organized by internal codes: N82 for the iPhone 3G, N88 for the iPhone 3GS, K48 for what is believed to be the iPad and something new called the N89. Based on the code it appears to be a new iPhone model, and parameters in the various plists tend to support that assumption.

    Engadget reports on a closer look at the MediaValidator.plist file in the new iPhone SDK showing video parameters. The maximum video width has been increased from 768 pixels on the iPhone 3GS to 1280 on the N89, and the maximum number of pixels per frame is increased to 921,600. Dividing the two gives 720 lines, and given that the AVCHD profile version is shown as 3.1, which includes 720p support, there's adequate reason to deduce that there will at least be development support for a future HD video output feature, whether or not that will be released with the device, which is expected this summer.

    In other news, DigiTimes - which keeps its eye on the China/Taiwan supply chain - reports that the ASUS spin-off Pegatron has been given a contract to manufacture the next-gen iPhone, joining Foxconn, the company that has manufactured every iPhone since the device was announced. Pegatron, long a source for OEM PCs, started manufacturing LCD TVs and mobile phones over a year ago, and reportedly will produce Natal Xbox 360 controllers for Microsoft later this year.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Hints of HD Video Recording for iPhone 4G started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 36 Comments
    1. iLaw-One's Avatar
      iLaw-One -
      128 sounds like it...Did you get the idroid update? It's better on 2.0 now...
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Yea, its working better. Its a good browser option
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      Quote Originally Posted by Vathgol View Post
      Apple is working on too many projects at one time.. They need to work on the basics like allowing a little more open dev on the iphone without ppl like me jailbreaking it... allow customization vs jailbreaking...... all a better email system besides me jailbreaking....stop coming out with a new iphone every 30-90days ....
      The thing is they don't WANT to do any of that. They don't want your customization, and coming out with new models every year has been their number one business model since the iPod.
    1. iLaw-One's Avatar
      iLaw-One -
      Glad my contract runs out just in time for the 4G
    1. adp's Avatar
      adp -
      I'd get excited but I learned my lesson after the disappointment of the iPad. I'll keeps my standards lower this time.
    1. MetallicaFan1991's Avatar
      MetallicaFan1991 -
      Apple don't work on that many products. One type of product a year is normal!

      There's no way Apple will put HD video recording in. They'll give people zoom and maybe some filters, flash but not HD. It's too much of a big jump to go from the 3GS camera to HD.
    1. Luigi453's Avatar
      Luigi453 -
      Quote Originally Posted by StealthBravo View Post
      HD Recording? That 64gb will fill up quickly
      Haha that is exactly what i was thinking!! Its safe to assume there will be a 64 gig model, correct?
    1. xwinger's Avatar
      xwinger -
      dumb rumour. i dont believe any iphone rumours anymore
    1. ecd5000's Avatar
      ecd5000 -
      days seem to go by slower and slower waiting for this phone to be announced nonetheless drop. i am so ready for an upgrade!!
    1. tudtran's Avatar
      tudtran -
      I don't think so. If Apple can pull this off. I will call them my daddy.
    1. cashyy's Avatar
      cashyy -
      They Should just allow users to add in a sd card if they need to, it won't mess up the looks of the phone or whatever reason they're not putting one in.
    1. KartRacer's Avatar
      KartRacer -
      They won't allow anything that doesn't make them a sh*tload of money. Customizing, adding an SDcard slot, custom ringtones without unnecessary hoop jumping. They want complete control of everything in their ecosystem so they can lock you into a business model that benefits them while keeping you just happy enough to stay. Apple are masters at this. People like Vathgol steal things because they have this misguided and stupid view that somehow, someway Apple and other businesses owe them some debt of gratitude. So he steals software because he thinks it's better than not associating himself with them, or just staying away from the things they sell. If you don't like it, don't buy it.

      HD recording would be awesome, but the codec they would use would have to be fantastic to avoid massive file sizes. I'd just like the ability to use my phone like it's mine. I ******* paid for it, why can't I do to it what I want? More storage is a given, there has been lots of talk about how flash memory is getting more and more dense every day. I think another bump will be the screen res and size. If they don't they are going to shoot themselves in the foot. Same with proc speed and RAM.
    1. badass1469's Avatar
      badass1469 -
      how about we all expect the new iPhone to suck like hell and get surprised, instead of expecting a super cool phone and get disappointed.
    1. Luppin's Avatar
      Luppin -
      Quote Originally Posted by hackint0uch View Post
      If that is the video quality, what is the photo quality!
      ANYTHING would be better than the 3GS camera. I really do terribly miss the camera on my 3G, pictures actually came out really good for a phone camera, but with the 3GS it's just GRAIN D:
    1. TheDirtyDiddler's Avatar
      TheDirtyDiddler -
      Yeah, watch... We're going to be able to record super hi-def video, but We'll have to do it outside in the sunlight because the damn thing still won't have a flash.
    1. rhekt's Avatar
      rhekt -
      that would be sweet