Digitimes is reporting that Apple will be shipping 24 million iPhone 4G units in 2010. If this repot is correct, Apple would cross the 100 million iDevices sold mark this year. That’s not all, Digitimes analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has also given an overview of the specifications of the upcoming iPhone 4G.
There wouldn’t be an OLED display as per rumors. Apple will stick with IPS technology as well as FFS ( fringe-filed switching ). The resolution will be double than that of previous iPhones as expected.
The new device will adopt IPS (in-plane switching) panels with FFS (fringe-field switching) technology and a 960×640 resolution, Kuo said, noting that LG Display and Prime View International are the panel suppliers.
Why wouldn’t Apple use OLED? Here’s why:
By incorporating FFS technology, which enables a wider viewing angle and clearer visual quality under in sunlight, Apple is aiming to improve the handset’s e-book reader features and promote its iBooks Store. HTC’s Hero smartphone has already adopted this technology. The sharper resolution further widens the gap with Android-based smartphones, which provide 854×480 displays as the highest resolution offerings
iPhone 4G will be powered by an ARM Cortex A8 processor, presumably the same one used in iPad, Apple A4 which is technically a Cortex A8 processor coupled with a PowerVR SGX 535 graphics processor. A4 contains performance enhancements by developed by chipmaker Intrinsity, which was acquired by Apple, which resulted as a core called “Hummingbird”. This allows the Cortex A8 to run at 1Ghz, which is a much higher clock speed then what it was originally designed for. iPhone 3GS also uses a Cortex A8 processor which is clocked at 600 Mhz.
iPhone 4G will have 512MB of memory developed by Samsung, which is double the amount of what iPhone 3GS and iPad ship with. This should help obtain a batter battery life and performance while multitasking. The iPhone 3GS and iPad are already very speedy, with 512MB of memory, iPhone 4G would really blow the competition away.
Battery life will also be improved in the upcoming iPhone:
To solve battery life issues, the new iPhone’s panel is 33% thinner than in previous iPhone versions to permit more space for larger battery modules supplied by Simplo Technology and Dynapack International Technology, Kuo said.
iPhone 4G prototypes have been leaking all over the Internet recently, so these specifications shouldn’t come as a big surprise to anyone. I hope iPhone 4G looks different than the leaked prototypes we see now and then. They look ugly.