We're rolling right along to the two year anniversary of the iPhone and the one year anniversary of the iPhone 3G... is it time for another iPhone to be announced? It would certainly fit into Apple's strategy for refreshing products. The Internet rumor mill is churning away about a June 8th announcement from Apple.
In addition to the rumored date, some outlets are reporting that the new device could ship with a built-in FM transmitter. In the iPhone 3.1 software (which hasn't been released to developers yet) there are references to the Broadcom BCM4329 wireless chip, which is an upgrade over the iPhone's current Broadcom BCM4325. The new features? Better battery life, Wireless-N support, and the ability to send and receive FM signal.
I'm highly skeptical of this, however, as Apple has never included or enabled an FM transmitter in any device, instead leaving the functionality to third-party accessories. The current iPhone can receive FM signals, but it isn't active. This could just be part of Broadcom's chip and not something Apple intends to use.
What about a new camera?
One of the biggest complaints about the iPhone is its camera. There's no flash and it cannot record video, though applications can get video data from the camera, but cannot be saved to memory. Well, rumor has it that the new iPhone will snag a new camera with video capabilities. OmniVision supposedly won the contract to supply Apple with 3.2 megapixel cameras (up from 2.0) and developers have found evidence in the 3.0 beta SDK that suggests the iPhone will also get on-device video editing.
This one is much more believable, especially now that the 3.0 software update will include MMS messaging (for iPhone 3G owners). Maybe we'll be sending video messages soon! Now, how about a flash?
Are you going to get a new iPhone? I'm pretty sure I'll buy a new one every time Apple releases an upgrade. That's just my style.