Tomorrow, three very important things are happening: First, MuteMath is releasing their third album, Odd Soul. Next, Jack's Mannequin is releasing an amazing new album, People and Things. And lastly, Apple is going to announce a couple new phones. Before I start wildly speculating on what these phones will be, let's have a listen to one of the tracks off People in Things.
- The 5MP camera is getting bumped up to 8MP.
- The processor is is getting bumped up to a dual core A5 (same as iPad 2) from the single core A4 that resides in the iPhone 4.
- A new system-wide voice control feature will be unveiled, called Assistant.
- Apple will unveil a new iPhone that looks similar to the iPhone 4 called the iPhone 4S.
- It will run the A5 processor and have an 8MP camera.
- It will be available with 32GB and 64GB on-board storage options. 64GB should now be feasible since single chip 64GB NAND flash has been ready for mass production since the beginning of the year. They skipped the storage bump from 3GS to iPhone 4 and I don't think there are any technical reasons for them to skip it this time.
- It will NOT be 4G LTE equipped, but will be both CDMA and GSM capable (e.g. the same hardware will run on all carriers). Instead, it will have HSPA+, which that hot yet misinformed T-Mobile chick will call 4G anyway. It's still 3X the data rate of the current generation hardware; I'll take it.
- The current generation iPhone 4 will become the entry level phone, cost below $100, and may have its design changed slightly to make it cheaper.
- Apple unveils iPhone5, which has a screen that takes up nearly the entirety of the front bezel and a slick, thin design. It will have all the spec bumps listed in my iPhone 4S guess above.
- Then they unveil the iPhone 4S, which is a faster version of the iPhone 4 that runs on both GSM & CDMA networks and comes in at the sub $100 price point.
Addendum (10/4/11) - I forgot to mention that the reason Apple won't be moving to LTE for these new phones is two fold. 1) LTE isn't quite done rolling out across the country, and like 3G, they will likely wait until it is commonplace. This may also have to do with reducing idiot customer complaints about not getting LTE service on their phone when they simply don't live in an area with it. 2) LTE radios chew up batteries. Take a gander at all those Android phones, desperately differentiating themselves from the iPhone with LTE. They have awful battery life. Combine this with relatively poor LTE coverage (the radios will work harder and thus chew through batteries even quicker) and you have a sad battery life situation. This simply isn't a tradeoff Apple will make until the radios get better. Super excited for today's announcement!