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Apple likely adding video to next-generation iPhone

updated 10:15 pm EDT, Sun March 22, 2009

Video rumored for iPhone4G

Video recording capabilities are coming in the next iPhone hardware revision, an allegedly reliable source has told AppleInsider. The details are limited, but there is no suggestion of current hardware being able to support video recording, only an upgraded iPhone with a new built-in camera should support the feature. The revision is expected between late spring and early fall this year, with video support and improved gaming hardware via multi-core PowerVR chips as the headlining features. A screen capture from the forthcoming iPhone Software 3.0 on Engadget's website shows a MobileMe panel for uploading images titled "Upload Video," lending further credence to the rumor.

Another recent rumor speculates that faster iPhone internet speeds are also coming, with a confirmation from AT&T that they have HSPA 3G peaking at 7.2 megabits per second, twice the current speed of the network. The extra speed would facilitate video transmissions via iPhone handsets.

AppleInsider believes a new iPhone App called Movies will offer rudimentary video editing similar to the new Voice Memos iPhone app that Apple recently previewed. The software would allow for sharing video via e-mail and MMS messaging.

Apple may be planning to offer the video capabilities as a premium feature only on a high-end model when it releases new iPhones this summer. References to four different multi-touch handheld products found in the new iPhone 3.0 software beta seem to indicate two distinct model lines, possibly one with video capability and one lacking the feature.

by MacNN Staff




  1. lowededwookie

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Video can be done

    Actually you're wrong, the current generation, even the 1st Generation iPhone is capable of doing video. I've seen a hacked 1st Gen do it. It's not great quality but it's actually better than most cellphone videos.

  1. Marook

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Cycorder does it..

    Yeah - the app is called Cycorder and works fine.
    Video is 15 f/s and you need good light (but you do so for pictures as well). Actually, Cycorder just records the preview as shown in the camera app.. so that is what you get.

  1. GruvDOne

    Joined: Dec 1969


    missing the point...

    The article did not once say that 1st and 2nd gen iPhones were incapable of recording video, only that it is unsupported. There is a significant difference between capability and support.

  1. vasic

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Missing the point

    The above comments are missing the point. There is a very good reason why video is NOT supported on current hardware: quality. As we all know, Apple (i.e. Jobs) doesn't believe in delivering features on a bullet-point list. Feature will exist ONLY if it provides proper quality, and is intuitive for everyone to use. Jailbroken video recording is fairly crappy (i.e. on par with other cellphones). In order to make it on iPhone, it MUST be much better (just like picture taking, which is far better than most other 2-megapixel cellphones). New hardware is likely to allow that better quality.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    missing the point

    You're all missing the most important thing. There's references to 4 (count 'em, 4) products, which means one new iPhone, and one new iPhone G5! Apple has been holding back on the Powerbook G5 to finally offer it, but in iPhone form factor!

    This is going to be hot, hot, hot! (Literally!)

  1. akulavolk

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Missing the point

    @vasic: I agree with what you're saying, in general, and it's true of lots of other technology Apple puts out.

    But I have to say that the camera on the iPhone (at least the Edge iPhone...not sure about the 3G) is significantly worse than other 2MP cell phone cams I've had/used. It looks warped, blurry, and dull compared to pix I've taken with an old Sony-Ericcson phone, Nokia, Motorola, etc.

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