Some new rumors about Apple’s newest incarnation of the iPhone have surfaced in the past 24 hours concerning a release date and details on some of the new features. According to a source closely connected to Apple’s hardware team the iPhone 2009 is set to launch on July 17th.
Although some are describing the upgrade as “minor,” judge for yourself… The new iPhone will supposedly be equipped with an OLED screen, which in my opinion is pretty major. OLEDs emit light, as opposed to LCD screens which rely on a backlight. This should greatly improve contrast and provide a more vivid picture – take a look at Nokia’s N85 (bottom) which has an OLED display compared to the N81 which has an LCD.
In addition to the improved clarity, OLED displays use less energy so the new iPhone’s battery life should be better than the less than spectacular battery life of the iPhone 3G. In fact it is rumored to have 1.5 times the battery life of the current model.
In addition to the improved display the new iPhone has some design changes as well. It will sport a “sleeker design” that will no longer include the metal band around the edge of the device. It will also have a rubber tread backing as opposed to the slippery metal and plastic backs of the earlier models. This should make for a lot less slip-out-of-the-hand-crack-the-screen accidents. In another aesthetic improvement the new iPhone’s Apple logo on the back will glow like the ones on many Apple laptops.
Some other features that have already been known for a bit include a 3.2 megapixel camera with video capture and editing capabilities, a built-in compass, built-in FM transmitter, turn-by-turn directions and the ability to send picture and video via MMS. The $199 and $299 price points will supposedly be maintained as well (for 16GB and 32GB models respectively).
The shopping district has developed a store directory application for the iPhone.
The application provides access to tenant information including directions, phone numbers and operating hours.
Users of’s (NYSE:AAPL) popular mobile phone can download the free application by searching the word Easton in the iPhone App Store.
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Microsoft to Concentrate on Windows Mobile; Won’t Launch iPhone Competitor
Software giant, Microsoft Corp., is not planning to launch a device to compete with Apple’s iPhone, according to the company’s Chairman and co-founder, Bill Gates.
“No, we won’t do that,” Gates said in an interview with Germany’s Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung yesterday. “In the so-called smart phone business we will concentrate solely on software with our Windows Mobile Program.”
“We have partnerships with a lot of device manufacturers from Samsung to Motorola and this variety brings us significantly more than if we would make our own mobile phone,” Gates explained.
Apple, which is one of Microsoft’s main competitors in the computer software market, launched its long-anticipated iPhone handset in the U.S. last June. The high-end music- and web-enabled cell phone was a big hit in America and parts of Europe this holiday shopping season.
Pre-teen creates iPhone malware
IPhone hacking is child’s play
The 11 year-old hacker created a malicious file for the iPhone that masquerades as a legitimate piece of third-party software.
The file presents itself as ‘firmware 1.1.3 prep’, a utility said to prepare the handset for an upcoming software update.
Malicious activity does not occur when the software is installed; the damage is done when the user attempts to remove the malware. On deletion, the ‘prep’ file also removes a number of other legitimate files from the iPhone.
The administrators of Modmyifone claim that they have contacted the author’s parents, and that the site hosting the malicious code has been taken down.
Since the first third-party iPhone applications were released last summer, their regulation has rested largely on the shoulders of the user community.
Apple has washed its hands of the unofficial software, saying that, while it would not take special steps to remove any iPhone hacks, it would not support or take responsibility for damage caused by third-party software.
Although this latest attack has been taken down, security firms are warning iPhone users to be very careful when installing third-party software on the mobile device.
“Hopefully this serves as a warning for those who have opened their iPhones using a security hole in the system and installed unverified software without a second thought,” wrote F-Secure chief research officer Mikko Hypp?nen.
“This time it was an 11 year-old playing with XML files who created the Trojan. Next time it might be someone with more skills and specific targets.”