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Uninspiring New iPhone Specs Leak

Gordon Kelly


Uninspiring New iPhone Specs Leak

Let's just label this exactly what it is: a buzz kill...

MacRumours has picked up a post from Chinese forum Weiphone discussing what are said to be the specifications of a new iPhone model, dubbed 'MB717LL'. The poster also submitted an accompanying screenshot to back up their claims.

What we learn is hugely meh-tastic:

  • 600MHz CPU Speed (increased from 400MHz)

  • RAM doubled to 256MB RAM

  • That recently leaked
  • Digital Compass plus FM


  • 3.2 megapixel camera with auto focus

  • 32GB capacity option
Apparently no significant improvements will be made to the display, battery or external casing. Whoopee! (sarcasm alert)

Now let's step back a moment and take a deep breath. Firstly: Chinese forum post - hmmmn. Secondly, we have heard there could be an additional iPhone lite announced so let's hope (if true) this is it.

Thirdly though, it is horribly believable isn't it? Hardly the 8MP, OLED, wireless N, 64GB, DAB radio, etc rumours that we expect. It would also make sense to Apple to keep a handset with similar specifications for compatibility with existing third party apps.

That said, reasoning be damned. Second generation products are often incremental upgrades to the first generation but the third is where we should again expect big things.

Big Things Apple BIG THINGS!


via MacRumours


May 13, 2009, 6:13 am

Sounds entirely plausible; apple won't want to upset the install base of the recently reduced second gen by making the third gen drastically different/more appealing. On a strange side-note I wonder why Jack Bauer doesn't have an iphone in 24, all the computers in the show seem to be macs or imacs, it would seem the perfect gimmick for a show based around mobility and technology, as long as he doesn't need flash, bluetooth (yet) or to take photos, to save the world.


May 13, 2009, 6:52 am

I dont think I expected any better, the 3.2MP camera was confirmed a while ago, but I had hoped for wireless-N and a better battery. Lets hope this is the baby iPhone then.


May 13, 2009, 12:37 pm

In all honesty I could care two hoots about the camera. No phone camera (even an 8MP one) would ever replace a real camera and for the sort of snaps I would take from a phone the iphone has IMHO punched above its weight given its 2MP spec.

What is important is a spec that brings it up to and overtakes the current market. Which means it needs better battery life as priority, faster data with the ability to do flash, brighter screen capable of showing high quality (I avoid saying HD)video and games, turn by turn sat nav. These are the key things it needs to compete otherwise the next raft of Android phones particularly Samsung and the Palm Pre are going to leave it in their trail.

Given this is Apple's spec for the next 1-2 years they need to step it up from this rumoured spec (which interestingly is in Chinese language but on the AT&TUS HSDPA network).


May 13, 2009, 2:05 pm

Load of balls guys, The only real tech used in the iPhone that kills its competitors is the Multi Touch Interface, everything else is equal or inferior.

When are You going to understand apple are a software Company first and foremost, steve admitted this, The iPhone is the daddy because of how the OS intergrates with the technology to create a better user experience.


May 13, 2009, 2:38 pm

Wasn't it Newton who said "more is in vain when less will serve"? The most compelling reason for me to use Apple products is that they are far more usable than alternatives from the competition. Competing on specifications is pointless if the benefits to the user are minimal or even worse, detrimental to performance. Apple have always been good at getting this balance right.

People moaned about the first iPhone not having 3G and so Apple succumbed. But since I upgraded to the 3G iPhone, I only enable 3G when I want to do lots of surfing otherwise it kills battery life. The main benefits to me have been the reduced weight, sleeker feel and limited GPS functionality which I use occasionally, otherwise it performs identically to my original 2G iPhone. To me the specifications that would be most useful to improve are battery life and storage capacity.

I'm also worried about the multi-tasking feature coming in iPhone OS 3.0 that people have been clamouring for. I sincerely hope Apple will do a thorough job of testing background style apps before approving them, so that we don't end up with the stability issues found on other platforms.


May 13, 2009, 2:46 pm

Sound entirely feasible. Only disappointment is the storage, though in truth I didn't 'expect' more, just hoped.

Also, I do hope they keep the camera as fast as the current one. While its pictures aren't great at least you can actually get a photo before the event has finished, unlike on some phone cameras.


May 13, 2009, 2:57 pm


Looked like he had a samsung or an lg iphone-a-like in last night's episode.

Most of the hardware in the show is dell or apple, with vista/custom screens.

Oh, and the odd OQO Model.

Tarik Bos

May 13, 2009, 3:01 pm

look if they put in the 3.2 MP camera from the K800I into it with a xeon flash i'm happy.

and whats this about its believable because they keep backwards compatability with third party app's?!?! how would this be more backwards compatible than lets say a 5 Mp camera with flash and a oled display?

the app's talk to the OS the OS talks to the hardware so i don't see the problem wih huge upgrades.


May 13, 2009, 4:00 pm

@Richard: I don't think Apple give two hoots about upsetting their users. They know their buyers are loyal and will happily jump to the next iteration of their product line. It's how they maximise their profit.

With that in mind this is a bit of a lacklustre upgrade. Though persoanlly it's enough to make me finally consider an iPhone. A half decent camera & FM radio are the two features that for me kept me from considering it. The camera is for snaps, I've got a decent camera for proper photography, but 2mp just wasn't good enough, 3.2 however just scrapes past. I'd like a better battery, screen & build quality - but it's enough like this and I don't see the Pre or anything else being all that much better. Time will tell in a month or so. At least finally phones are getting to the point I hoped for about 5 years ago.


May 13, 2009, 4:28 pm


'Punched above it's weigh given it's 2mp spec' Sorry, i've just stopped laughing.

2 vs 3.2 vs 8 is utterly irrelivent in a phone. What we need is a proper lens with autofocus, a lens cover and a xenon flash. In that case 2mp is plenty for these purposes - a well set up 2mp camera will wee all over a crappy 8mp phone, just as my 6mp Nikon D40 will shame any 14mp compact.


May 13, 2009, 4:39 pm

@gagagaga - you're absolutely spot on. 3.2 to 5MP should be enough for any compact camera. Beyond this point other factors become far more pressing.


May 13, 2009, 4:39 pm

'other factors' in image quality*

Oliver Levett

May 14, 2009, 3:11 pm

This fits in nicely with Apples business strategy... They'll add just enough new features to make every iPhone owning idiot buy a new one, but allow enough headroom that they can do it again next year, and the year after, without actually using technology that's less than 3 years old.


May 15, 2009, 1:04 pm

I find Olivers comments offensive, and I think he should be spanked violently with a wet kipper

who else agrees?

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