The Wall Street Journal and Engadget have been mentioning that the next generation iPhone will be named the “iPhone HD.” There is also reports that Apple will be unveiling the next generation iPhone and iPhone OS 4.0 on Tuesday, June 22, 2010.
The Taiwanese manufacturer, Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., which has produced previous versions of the iPhone, said that they are developing two versions of the phone. One model will be the standard GSM iPhone, to work on networks such as AT&T, T-Mobile, and Rogers (Canada), and producing a special CDMA iPhone to work with carriers like Verizon, Sprint and Bell (Canada). Bell currently offers the iPhone 3GS to customers on their HSPA+ network.
The iPhone will need to be developed in two different hardware versions, as the chip Apple is using can't provide a dual-operation to work on both GSM and CDMA towers. With another hardware version launching, this means that Verizon will in fact be getting the next generation iPhone, the iPhone HD. However, the manufacturer said it will start producing these in September. Customers may have to wait till holiday season to get a Verizon iPhone HD.
There is also support A4-class SoC, a 960 x 640 display, a front-facing camera and that the iPhone OS 4.0 will enable multi-task support for third-party applications.
As AT&T’s exclusive contract comes to an end, other carriers will try to extend their reach to Apple, in hopes that they will also carry the iPhone.