Really, what could Apple do for the fourth gen iPhone, hardware-wise?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Doju, Oct 10, 2009.

  1. Doju macrumors 68000

    Jun 16, 2008
    I'm basically needing to update my iPhone this summer, so I'll be definitely getting the iPhone released then, but I have no idea what they could do on the hardware side (ignore software).

    I think a cosmetic redesign (the case, not necessarily the phone's res and size itself) is a given, as the 3G and 3GS are identical besides glossy letters.

    But other than that, what? Camera was updated in 3rd gen, same with processor. 64GB may come, though.
  2. jmann macrumors 604


    Dec 8, 2007
    bump on a log in a hole in the bottom of the sea
    I'd like twice the RAM. :) And wireless N!!! and LTE/4G capable!
  3. darkcanuck macrumors newbie

    Jun 26, 2007
    Camera flash, bigger battery, more flash memory, thermometer (more sensors available for programming the better, stupid as it may sound at first), action button (button to use in any app for an action, i.e. taking a picture in camera app), larger screen, higher resolution screen. I'm sure there's something else I'm not thinking of.
  4. tofagerl macrumors 6502a


    May 16, 2006
    Bit smaller (time to buy new cases again!) and same performance, or higher performance and some other cosmetic changes. You know, so you have to buy new cases again... Ffs...

    Also, I'd like a front-facing camera and an iChat program for video-chats on wlan/3g.
  5. trainguy77 macrumors 68040

    Nov 13, 2003
    The could do a front facing camera. Faster, and software features. They could upgrade the camera. They have lots of options.
  6. Compile 'em all macrumors 601

    Compile 'em all

    Apr 6, 2005
    Dualscreen which would allow the iPhone to display notifications even when locked. The extra screen is a small low powered one which will display simple notifications.
  7. ThatsMeRight macrumors 68020

    Sep 12, 2009
    Hm, I think and hope the following things (hardware-wise):

    - Front facing camera (more and more smartphones get it, Apple has to compete with them. If it's not in the 4G, than it will be in the 5G).
    - Again a new processor and maybe more RAM (to support HD video better)
    - A new WiFi chip like found in the iPod Touch
    - New design (maybe small, but at least more than glossy characters)
    - Camera improvements (not sure how and what, but there will be some improvement I guess: maybe 5 megapixel, flash etc.)
    - Higher resolution screen so maybe HD video will actually be HD.
    - New sensors
    - Maybe like darkcanuck said: a sort of action button
    - 64GB space
    - Improvements in battery
    - Some bluetooth improvements

    And highly unlikely but wishable:
    - Infrared (I know, it's soooo old but I think really cool apps could be created with it: what about a remote for the television for example)
  8. helloimD4NNY macrumors regular

    Aug 15, 2009
    Las Vegas, NV
    A "Product Red" iPhone. The phones name on the back (ex. "iPhone 3G S⃣ " instead of just "iPhone". A crack/scratch resistant(notice i didn't say proof, so don't flame me), The apple logo lights up(like the apple logo on a macbook), Another speaker(in case your covering the original on up), Longer speaker(the one that you put your ear on) for looks.
  9. helloimD4NNY macrumors regular

    Aug 15, 2009
    Las Vegas, NV
    oh and a LED light that shows us if we have a message or something, kinda like the sidekick/blackberry curve.
  10. .:R2theT macrumors 6502

    Jul 1, 2007
    Whatever Apple may put in there to make it seem like the newest and greatest, the only thing it should be focusing on is battery life.

    64 GB? Sure, as far as memory goes bigger is better.
    OLED? Not quite ready for prime time, at least in Apple's mind.
    Faster processor? Maybe, but definitely more efficient.

    It all comes back to battery for me. If Apple can't dramatically improve battery life in these things it is hardly worth adding any other features.

    Battery, battery, battery!
  11. IronLogik macrumors 6502

    Jun 15, 2009
    Indeed. Just a blinking light for new messages. Email, texts, applications could also set this to go off for new push messages. Something along those lines.
  12. Abyssgh0st macrumors 68000


    Jan 12, 2009
    Double the RAM, better processor, better graphics hardware, double space capacity, front facing 3MP+ camera, 5MP+ back camera, wireless N, just to name a few.
  13. SteveMobs macrumors 6502


    Dec 10, 2008
    Washington D.C.
    I'd like to see

    Front facing camera, for Skype and stuff
    5MP normal camera
    LED indicator light
    The ability to update it with the computer via bluetooth.
  14. labman macrumors 604


    Jun 9, 2009
    Mich near Detroit

    how many of these fing threads do we need! June we will know! :rolleyes: there are already many speculation threads one started yesterday!
  15. firewood macrumors 604

    Jul 29, 2003
    Silicon Valley
    Background pedometer.
    Stereo or top microphone.
    Haptic feedback actuator.
    Color calibration.
    multi-core CPU and/or GPUs.
    Longer battery life.
    Dual mode cellular radio for U.S. market.
    IR remote LED.
    Camera that can be removed.
  16. DeepIn2U macrumors 603


    May 30, 2002
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    Forget OLED/AMOLED as it's still unproven for clarity in direct/indirect sunlight. Samsung are the biggest manufacturers of it and they don't use it in all of their cellphone lineup and only 2 of their smartphones use it. This should tell you something.

    1. Texas Instruments OMAP4430 or Samsung equivalent. This uses the extremely fast and more power efficient Cortex A9 CPU Whig is capable of 4 instructions per cycle and SMP. This will mean more of OSX power to be ported.

    2. Better shell! This needs to be done not just to improve consumer confidence but more importantly improve Apples expenses on repairs which they're incredibly great at in consumer satisfaction.

    3. Higher pixel count on the LED LCD display. If they can combine AMOLED with LED backlight for direct sunlight which normally washes out AMOLED then thiswould be ideal.

    4. Stereo speakers and make them loud baby. This is the new ghetto BOOM-BOX!

    5. allow for built in file sharing of user created and stored content. Oh and add a lanyard loop.
  17. christyn macrumors 6502a

    Jun 18, 2009
    Salt Lake
    here we go........
  18. ProwlingTiger macrumors 65816


    Jan 15, 2008
    My speculation:
    -64GB (already have iPod Touch in the capacity)
    -OLED (Zune HD has it, seems the way to go now days, and apparently the quality is noticeably better)
  19. gloss macrumors 601


    May 9, 2006
    Unless you ever need to use your phone outdoors, for whatever reason.
  20. cocky jeremy macrumors 68040

    cocky jeremy

    Jul 12, 2008
    Columbus, OH
    Better camera, front facing camera, little faster cpu, little more ram and led backlit screen and i’m happy as hell. :D
  21. ThatsMeRight macrumors 68020

    Sep 12, 2009
    You won't, than they will call it a iPhone 3G DS (Double Speed).

    "Introducting the next generation iPhone: a better camera which of course can record video, it's up to 3 times faster* and it has a brand new screen!

    * all figures are 'up to' and in comparison with the iPhone 3G"

    And now compare it with the 3Gs:

    "Introducing the next generation iPhone: a better camera with the ability to record video, it's up to two times faster than it's predecessor and it has an anti-fingerprint coating on the screen."

    Kinda the same, isn't it. They can't efford another small update: other smartphones are having more and more features and the iPhone can't stay behind. And maybe they will have a small update, but than they should come up with something great with the 5th gen.
  22. palmerc2 macrumors 68000


    Feb 29, 2008
    Los Angeles
    I am starting to think of the possibilities of a front facing camera...sounds like a great idea.

    To be frank, I think the front needs to be updated in some way, it is starting to look dated. Doesn't apple do a design overhaul on their products every 3-4 years anyway? We're getting closer and closer to the 3rd year of the iPhone being on the market. Maybe make it shorter, by extending the screen to all 4 corners of the phone, but leave a little black on top for the ear speaker. Maybe make the edges more cornered, rather then rounded. iPhone is getting to be more and more business orientated, maybe have a LED on the side for when you get emails. In the mean time, they can have the option for a little status on the top, near the time, battery, etc, showing how many emails you have....that way you can just view by pressing the home button, and not actually having to unlock. Change the home button in some way.

    Only time will tell. Until then, I am happy with my 3G....
  23. deimos256 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 9, 2008
    courtesy light, better camera, better antennae, better battery
  24. ThatsMeRight macrumors 68020

    Sep 12, 2009
    Ah, no. It should be round, I don't want to feel something sticking in my leg.
  25. helloimD4NNY macrumors regular

    Aug 15, 2009
    Las Vegas, NV
    THIS! wow, how did i forget about that?!

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