The images came from ninjas of course. Convenient since ninjas can’t be seen. Anyway, here’s the deal. The final version of iPhone OS 3.0 may support OpenGL ES v2.0. You likely don’t care or know what that means unless you are a developer. Think better graphics, and I think we can all agree it’s time. I’m so sick of stuttered scrolling and slow frame rates in apps and games. It also references something called “ChinaBrick.” I’m struggling to come up with a witty joke for this one, so I’d appreciate it if you just laugh anyway. Apparently, there’s a rumor going around about a Chinese specific iPhone without 3G or WiFi. I didn’t know the iPod touch was still a rumor. Hhmm.
But what you really want to read about and see is the very strong possibility of the next hardware revision of the iPhone having video recording capabilities. This of course, will not be backwards compatible with iPhone 3G, nor iPhone
gramps original. Seriously, how are they going to get you to renew your 2 year contract if they just give you everything for free?
The interface, which is hidden deep inside iPhone Beta OS 3.0, looks just like the standard Camera app, with a slider to choose between taking still pictures or video. Currently, it doesn’t work, big surprise since no one I know has an unreleased model of iPhone…or do I?
Other minor features hinted at in these leaks include Auto-Focus Camera, Magnetometer and VoiceControl. No, the last one is probably not a swearing filter, though your Mom probably would appreciate that moreso that what it probably is. It’s likely a Voice Dialing utility, but that’s just my educated guess. Magnetometer is likely a digital compass, not sure how useful that will be, but I’m sure someone is happy.
So all rumors point towards video capabilities for the new iPhone, and I’m glad. If this turns out to be of decent quality, then Flip might just need to up the ante.