New iPhone spec rumors: A4-class CPU, 960x640 display

Pundits weigh in on an iPhone successor's specs

Yesterday gave way to a Wall Street Journal report that suggests a new Apple iPhone is coming sometime this summer, and could make its way to Verizon customers. But the report lacked details, mentioning support for a CDMA cellular network and not much else -- specifically, the components that would power a new device, or features that would drive consumers to a new phone.

Enter John Gruber, a respected pundit in the tech community. In a decidedly curt post on the Daring Fireball blog, Gruber seems to suggest that he may know a thing or two about the upcoming phone that no one else is willing to admit. Maybe.

Gruber rattles off a list of specifications, starting with a 960x640 display -- double the iPhone's resolution. The phone would be powered by an A4-family CPU/GPU hybrid, the same Apple-developed 1GHz chip found inside the upcoming iPad. The phone would also include a second front facing camera, and a multitasker-friendly iPhone OS 4 -- features Apple fans have been clamoring for.

These specs, if true, would position a new iPhone to compete vigorously with upcoming Android mobile phones. The most recent Android phones have been running a Snapdragon 1GHz processor and 800x480-pixel resolutions. The multitasking feature is also interestingm since Apple has received much criticism for not emphasizing background app management as well as other mobile operating systems.

By and large these specs aren't so unexpected that Gruber couldn't just be making an educated guess. A better resolution, CPU, and OS are all expected to be announced with the release of any updated product, not just the iPhone. If you were hoping for something a little more mind blowing than Gruber's list, keep your eyes glue to our news feeds. With the new iPhone just a few months away, the full specs are definitely out there, busting at the seams, ready to break those NDAs at any moment.

Daring Fireball via Engadget

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