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iPhone OS 3.0 Reveals Video Recording, Next Gen Parts Shipping?

Gordon Kelly


iPhone OS 3.0 Reveals Video Recording, Next Gen Parts Shipping?

iPhone fever is hotting up as we race towards 8 June and WWDC 2009 - the most likely announcement date for a new model(s) - and we're getting rumblings of more tasty titbits...

First up a combination of BGR and MacRumours have grabbed snapshots of a new iPhone OS 3.0 build which reveals yet another great, long time wrong is about to be righted: video recording. This was a key feature left off the list at the recent iPhone OS 3.0 unveiling.

Yes, this feature which PAYG handsets 3/4 years ago could handle with ease will finally be coming to arguably the most luxurious phone OS currently on the market - madness. Furthermore we can also see that, like iPhone MMS, video messages can be received and integrated directly into a user's conversation chain.

Other little tweaks reveal the option for displaying the battery life as a percentage plus talk the 3.0 firmware will support OpenGL ES v2.0. On the downside I wouldn't be surprised if some of these tweaks (notably the video recording) are limited to what new hardware Apple will soon announce.

Stepping into more speculative territory the sometimes-spot-on-sometimes-completely-wrong Digitimes is reporting handset component suppliers are beginning to ship parts for a new iPhone. This isn't overly fanciful however as if Apple expects to have handsets ready on or soon after announcement then it can't have 2/3/4 million units ready at the drop of a hat. If only we knew what they were...

Lastly, Dictionary.com wins the handy new iPhone/iPod touch app of the day award with a free client now in App Store giving users access to more than 275,000 definitions and 80,000 synonyms. Support to recognise slightly misspelt words is in there too, the layout looks rather excellent and unlike many current alternatives it's completely free.

Go grab it.


via BGR

via MacRumours

via DigiTimes

Dictionary.com iPhone App


April 8, 2009, 9:44 pm

iphone 3.0 is looking mighty compelling and if it does now have video then I will definitely be looking at it as my next phone. also theres a rumor of 802.11n on the next iphone which I'd love because of the increased range over b/g.


April 8, 2009, 9:54 pm

I had a thought the other day. I was pondering the new iPhone and was thinking that when it is released with video recording capabilities, what is stopping apple from being ahead of the game and give us HD recording? 480p? 720p? I think 1080p is highly doubtful. If the processing power is beefed up enough it could be very viable indeed!

I pondered alot more things but i do not have the time or the inclination to go into it.

June 8th cannot come quick enough!


April 8, 2009, 10:05 pm

Draft N now, Jay? Mm, yum. Where'd you hear that?


April 8, 2009, 11:15 pm

Draft N, OLED screens and 3.2/5MP cameras have been rumoured (I suspect former on a new 'nano' model and 5MP on next upgrade) - I just do my best to try not to flood you guys with iPhone speculation overload, hence the combined stories here.


April 8, 2009, 11:57 pm

aparently code in the software supports the draft n chip from some supplier, i don't think there is a massive nead for the speed increase but I would greatly appreciate the range increase, also if all your wifi products are 802.11n then you can turn off the b/g part of your router and that should speed up things which I reckon apple may want to push for with every wifi thing they sell being draft n.

Jason Hulley

April 9, 2009, 4:50 am

What i don't understand is why there's a chance that the previous models of the iphone will not support the video recording app. Jail broken iphones have been doing this almost the entire life of the iphone. Can anyone shed any light??


April 9, 2009, 2:17 pm


Because Apple tell you what features you want, you don't tell them!


April 9, 2009, 2:22 pm

@Jason: What i don't understand is why there's a chance that the previous models of the iphone will not support the video recording app

Maybe I missed it, but were does it say it won't be available for current models? It is the OS were talking about here after all.


April 9, 2009, 3:08 pm

@Jai I don't think the camera's good enough for that...


April 9, 2009, 4:12 pm

@acgs1: it might not be good enough with the current camera, but who knows with the new iPhone camera. Plus its not just the camera that makes a HD video, its the processing power. I'll just keep my fingers crossed anyway!


April 9, 2009, 4:12 pm


No the camera is fine, it's 2 megapixel's, or 1200 x 1600 in English.

The question is, does the I-Phone have the processing power to convert this on the fly into HD video?


April 9, 2009, 8:44 pm


The Samsung Omnia can do 720p recording, so hopefully, Apple do the right thing! They put the camera on the phone originally for the sake of it as most phones have a camera, but i have a feeling that they have listened to the consumer and will be improving the camera, so hopefully they will not just put video recording but put HD video recording.

lets just wait and see

Jason Hulley

April 9, 2009, 9:03 pm

I understand that HD video may not be an option on the current iphone but standard def should be. I think customers would be happy with any form of video quality as long as it does it, after all most of the mobiles currently on the market don't record in anything amazing. The app available on the jail broken video recorder was the best but it beat alot of the competition. Maybe including these features would deter people from jailbreaking there phones in the first place.

Jason Hulley

April 9, 2009, 9:27 pm

Actually reading around the web, it does seem to give the impression video is heading to the iphone 3G as well as the new iphone. after all the screens leaked on this review are running on the iphone 3G! Apologies


April 9, 2009, 11:52 pm

I dont care too much now. If an apple touch screen netbook comes out this summer, i'll ditch my old fashioned dell and my be-loved iphone 3g to buy the touchbook. (p.s. wot a wonderful name, touchbook...) if only..


April 10, 2009, 12:14 am

@xbrumster - wonderful? 'touchbook' sounds like a byword for dirty novel to me ;)

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