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Analyst: new iPhone may have backside touch, AMOLED

updated 09:05 am EDT, Tue March 30, 2010

UBS predicts new iPhone features

UBS analyst Maynard Um on Tuesday provided possibly early insight into new iPhones based on "checks" within the industry. Without pointing to specific sources, he claimed new iPhones may have a backside touch surface not unlike the Motorola Backflip. Other estimates raise but don't confirm the possibilities of a 5-megapixel camera, as much as 64GB of storage, an AMOLED display and longer battery life.

Um adds that he still expects these new iPhones to ship in June at $199 and $299 prices and for Apple to repeat its strategy of last year, where it discounted the older model to $99 to create a budget version. This year would likely put a 16GB iPhone 3GS at the lower price point.

In an unusual step, the UBS analyst was dismissive of Verizon iPhone rumors and said a CDMA version would be more likely to ship in the fall for the few but significant CDMA carriers outside of the US, such as China Telecom or Japan's KDDI au. No explanation was given for why this might be the case, although differences in standards use from region to region may make a worldwide CDMA phone more difficult to implement. Verizon is nonetheless one of the largest carriers on the standard at 91.2 million total customers.

by MacNN Staff



  1. chotty

    Joined: Dec 1969


    2 top priorities:

    better battery life. better camera. everything else is gravy...

  1. bhustle

    Joined: Dec 1969



    the real benifit of Amoled screens occurs when they render black images because they don't use as much power when they render those pages. Since most of the Iphones apps are very colorful I don't see it as a benefit. As a matter of fact they use as much as 3 times as much power when they are rendering bright images. Seems smarter to stick with LCD with better resolution although the currently rumors of 940x640 at a little far fetched, sounds like someone just doubled the currently gen to get a number that would make sense. A better processor and a better camera are more likely additions. Either way I'm sure it will be great!

  1. Feathers

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Backside Touch?

    Will "backside touch" be permitted in the workplace? :-)

  1. ggirton

    Joined: Dec 1969


    It sure is hard ...

    It sure is hard not to like a product that offers you
    backside touch.

  1. Fast iBook

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Magic mouse..

    Magic mouse has something similar to what i think might be going on with the back plastic of the next model iPhone if these reports are accurate. Black steel would be cool, but how about smoky chrome instead?

    - A

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