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  • 4G iPhone to Have Touch-Sensitive Case?


    As the tablet becomes (apparently) closer and closer to reality, rumor-mongers are turning their attention to the fourth generation iPhone. As Apple has updated the phone every year since it was first introduced in 2007, the expectation is that there will be a new iPhone this summer. Recent rumors have had the so-called iPhone 4G coming in a Verizon-compatible CDMA model in addition to the current UMTS/GSM device, and with a videoconferencing ability, among other guesses. The latest is somewhat unexpected: that the phone will have multi-touch capabilities built into its case, turning the phone into what is essentially a mobile version of the recently released Magic Mouse.

    Goldman Sachs analyst Robert Chen said, in an interview with Bloomberg, that the new iPhone will have a touch-sensitive plastic case and a five-megapixel camera. Chen, touted by Bloomberg as "a member of Asia’s top-ranked technology hardware research team" says this would bring multi-touch and gesture controls on the rear of the iPhone that are like the Magic Mouse's. “Apple’s going to put a lot of innovation, not just on the hardware, but also on the software of the new iPhone,” he said.

    The analyst also told Bloomberg that he thinks that the phone will go into production in April in time for a June launch, right on track with Apple's historical schedule: the original iPhone was released in June 2007, with the 3G coming in July of 2008 and followed by the 3GS last June.

    Though a back-controlled phone seems counter-intuitive, Apple applied for a patent back in 2006 for what it referred to as an "Electronic Device Having Display and Surrounding Touch Sensitive Bezel for User Interface and Control." The patent showed a dual-sided, touch sensitive device that is all display on the front, with the touch-sensitive back and sides of the device used for the controls. It said that by this method, more of the screen can be used for displaying graphics, with control buttons embedded in the touch surface. In certain contexts, though, where using the sides would be impractical because the user is gripping the device, on-screen buttons would be used.

    Though the touch-sensitive case rumor is new, other sources have reported that Apple is purchasing five-megapixel sensors from a Taiwanese supplier for use in the next-generation iPhone.

    image via AppleInsider
    This article was originally published in forum thread: 4G iPhone to Have Touch-Sensitive Case? started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 31 Comments
    1. gunnysir's Avatar
      gunnysir -
      I agree this would be cool but no one here has thought about this being used on a tablet as ways to move page to page or scroll down a page and many other features.

      If a small iPhone case could have this offering, why nit the tablet?
    1. eyepoper's Avatar
      eyepoper -
      So it means that the NExt Gen is only CDMA ? NO GSM UMTS ?
    1. jayson9's Avatar
      jayson9 -
      Quote Originally Posted by chris102192 View Post
      what the hell is the point of a touch sensitive case when it has a touch screen??
      That way you can control your R/C model airplane without looking at the screen! Way cool - not.....

      Man (agreeing with quote).... can't they just focus on the reception and getting all of the original "claimed" speed/use out of the d@mn phones....... Just more whooing us with more non-important sh!t.
    1. Melech518's Avatar
      Melech518 -
      Quote Originally Posted by eyepoper View Post
      So it means that the NExt Gen is only CDMA ? NO GSM UMTS ?
      I am not sure how you reached that conclusion?
    1. eyepoper's Avatar
      eyepoper -
      Quote Originally Posted by Melech518 View Post
      I am not sure how you reached that conclusion?
      Now....its here in this article..take look.

      Recent rumors have had the so-called iPhone 4G coming in a Verizon-compatible CDMA model in addition to the current UMTS/GSM device, and with a videoconferencing ability, among other guesses. The latest is somewhat unexpected: thatthe phone will have multi-touch capabilities built into its case, turning the phone into what is essentially a mobile version of the recently released Magic Mouse.



      Go to the first page and read again. I dont think its gonna be Both..CDMA and UMTS GSM
    1. Melech518's Avatar
      Melech518 -
      A rumor is just that, a rumor.

      Lets but this Verizon rumor to rest.
      At&t's contract is not up until 2011.
      Verizon will not have an iPhone this year.
      There are a multiple countries running iPhones on GSM networks.

      There will never be a CDMA generation of iPhones. Even if the 4th Gen iPhone was to be sold under Verizon, there would still be Millions of 4th Gen GSM iPhones produced for all of the other providers and networks. When at&t's contract does end, they will still continue to carry the iPhone, they just will not be the "Exclusive Carrier". The contract in which they hold currently is an exclusivity contract. Apple will not stay exclusive to only one carrier in the future. It is in Apple's best interest to have multiple carriers to sell more devices. And once again, the majority of the world's networks are GSM, not CDMA. So no, there will not be a CDMA only generation of iPhones, just possibly a CDMA version of the 4th Gen.
    1. rhekt's Avatar
      rhekt -
      interesting
    1. bignighttrain's Avatar
      bignighttrain -
      Rumor is it's coming with a duel core processer and 5 mega pexl camera but the touch like magic mouse will be great but that means you'll need to buy a new iPhone case for it. Mophie should be looking to create a new battery case for the upcoming iPhone 4G
    1. bedwa's Avatar
      bedwa -
      Quote Originally Posted by bignighttrain View Post
      Rumor is it's coming with a duel core processer and 5 mega pexl camera but the touch like magic mouse will be great but that means you'll need to buy a new iPhone case for it. Mophie should be looking to create a new battery case for the upcoming iPhone 4G
      From what Ive read from GSMArena, dual core won't be tested till late this year. I could see the 1.3 Ghz qualcomm Snapdragon, but not dual core. Honestly if Apple doesn't go 1 Ghz, preferably 1.3, they're shooting themselves in the foot.
    1. wissman's Avatar
      wissman -
      Either the 4g phone is going to be huge or those are the smallest fingers i have ever seen.
    1. rwin84's Avatar
      rwin84 -
      they are just patenting everything they think up so they can grow up and be like nokia and sue for infringement of intellectual property and vague patent infringement...