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.