iPhone 4G to Double Memory for Multitasking, Mobile Computing

Foxconn, the Chinese manufacturing firm that makes the iPhone for Apple, is preparing to ship 24 million units starting in June, according to a report by the Taiwanese publication Digitimes, which cited sources from Taiwan-based component makers.

With the company gearing up to sell 4.5 million units in June alone, that might alleviate the expected demand from iPhone 3G users whose contracts are up this year. Each iPhone launch has seen more demand than Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) could initially fulfill, resulting in waiting lists.

But there's even better news for iPhone fans. The redesigned phone will reportedly come with the peppy A4 processor found in the iPad and 512MB of memory, double the amount of memory in previous generations of the iPhone and the iPad. The memory expansion aims to support the multitasking that Apple plans to introduce with iPhone OS 4, according to Digitimes Senior Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

Digitimes also repeated a rumored change in the new phone, popularly described as the "iPhone 4G," surrounding its display. The "4G" is expected to double its resolution, from 480x320 to 960x480. It will also use new panels with in-plane switching and fringe-field switching that will make for a wider viewing angle and improved screen quality in sunlight.

This is designed to help Apple beef up its e-book reader offerings, which the company is also planning for the iPad. HTC's Hero smartphone already uses this technology.

Kuo also said the new iPhone's screen is 33 percent thinner than in previous versions to allow for a larger battery module.

Apple did not respond to requests for comment.

Normally the most secretive company in Silicon Valley, Apple has had a very hard time keeping this new iPhone under wraps. One test unit was lost in a Valley bar in a snafu that resulted in a major legal action against the gadget site that allegedly purchased the prototype. A second, more functioning unit showed up in Vietnam. By requesting the return of the first phone, Apple confirmed it was indeed an iPhone prototype, but it has not commented on the second phone.

Apple is expected to introduce the new iPhone, whether it's called the 4G or something else, at the Worldwide Developer Conference, taking place in San Francisco from June 7 to June 10. CEO Steve Jobs will make a rare non-Apple conference appearance the week before at the D Conference, hosted by AllThingsD Editor Kara Swisher and Wall Street Journal tech columnist Walt Mossberg.

Andy Patrizio is a senior editor at InternetNews.com, the news service of Internet.com, the network for technology professionals.


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