iPhone OS 4.0 evidence shows up online

Rumors are starting to circulate about the next revision of the iPhone; everything from front facing cameras for video chat to larger capacities have been rumored. While we don't know the hardware changes, evidence has surfaced that iPhone OS 4.0 is now being tested.

BGR has found evidence of the OS being tested in their server logs. The screenshot, posted below, clearly shows the latest version along with OS 3.1.3; this will most likely provide bug fixes for the current OS.

Even though very little is known at this point, it does show that Apple is testing its latest software and (most likely) hardware which would indicate an upcoming release. A jump to OS 4.0 signals a major upgrade for the iPhone platform which should bring many new features.

Apple, in the past, announced their newest phones in January at their Mac World event and released the product in late June. Apple is cyclical in nature with its product releases so don't be surprised if the pattern holds true.

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If mac wont try to hit Samsung I8910 devices I believe the next Iphone no matter what it does it will remain technologically behind and 'OLD' fashioned.

Just a another Toy.

I'm guessing they'll have a 5 Megapixel camera on the back, with HD (1280x720 @ 30fps) video recording capabilities. They'll probably have a 640x480 @ 30fps video camera on the front for Skype videoconferencing. A slightly larger screen with higher resolution is also probable. The higher resolution touchscreen and HD recording will probably lead to naming the phone the Apple iPhone 3G HD

Other than that, I'm hoping for at least HSPA+ support since all of our carriers in Canada have moved to HSPA+ (21.6 Mbps) and also allow tethering, but the current iPhone 3GS only supports HSPA (7.2 Mbps). As far as I know AT&T only supports HSPA (3.6 Mbps), so I'm not holding my breath on the HSPA+ support... they will add FM radio support though, that's a given since even the current communications chipset supports it, but it's disabled.

Other than that, probably a bump to 1 GHz, perhaps a bump to 512MB RAM ... and support for some form of multitasking out of the box (maybe at least running 4 apps at once). Can't think of much else hardware wise. There will be no general Adobe Flash support ... there will be no general Microsoft Silverlight support as both of these technologies are threats to the viability of the App Store ... we'll see support limited to video playback on both Flash & Silverlight, nothing more.

Shadrack said,
I doubt they will change the device dimensions in the next hardware refresh. We'll have to wait and see.

LG produces 3.5" OLED which is the same size with the current screen...

This isn't a huge secret, we all know Apple will deliver a new iPhone year after year, just like the Saw films. I guess we will wait and see what they could possibly add to the iPhone to make it sellout again.

I hope this year isn't a let down... The 3G to 3GS was kind of exciting, except for the name.. still not completely sold on it.

The User Agents listed could well be genuine, but isn't it easy to spoof them to anything you like? If the origin of the browser came from a known Apple IP, that would make them seem more valid to me.

True. This does seem like non-news because the evidence could easily be faked. At the same time, should we be surprised that Apple is testing iPhone OS 4.0? I mean, what else would that team be doing exactly?

Its all speculation, but here is my iPhone OS 4.0 wishlist:

1. Multitasking and a task manager. Mostly because it will shut all the iPhone haters up. Oh wait, no it won't. Seriously, do iPhone users make specific threads to outline what they don't like about other phones?
2. Global spell checker. Because I'm a terrible speller.
3. I'd like to be able to assign sounds to different push notifications. The sounds are not very configurable.
4. The video output capabilities should be comparable to Zune HD. Currently, you get no on-TV menu and at the same time the hardware to get video costs more than the hardware for Zune HD (yet no HDMI, only component).
5. A real file structure and USB file access.

Chiss - did you read the independent reports about AT&T? It put more of the problem back on Apple and the Iphone then on AT&T and its networks. It actually showed that AT&T was 40-50% faster in various cities on the AT&T network and it also showed that it recieved more coverage than Verizon. I not a fan of AT&T trust me but I was a surprised to read independent testers showing this.

I also know from my own experience with Verizon that I had horrible coverage in many areas I would think should get great reception. They are good for outter areas of cities it seems.

Oh well you can't please them all.

I haven't read that report. If you have a link please post it.
I know that AT&T's 3G network is faster but the problem is that 3G is not available in most places.
Also AT&T itself said that it will be charging extra if you go over your "unlimited quota" for internet... yeah... because you are crippling the network by using that much.

Video chat??? LMAO only if the new iPhone goes to another carrier... otherwise AT&T woudl complain that it would cripple their network... hell we still can't use Skype via 3G... supposedly they allowed it but I still can't use it!... and now with AT&T bitching that we are using too much bandwidth that would make it worse!...lol

Front facing video chat would make you spend another 300-400 bucks so you can hold the hold in one hand and type with the other?

I am curious to see what hardware changes they are making and at what price.

The Iphone OS for mass consumers is a great and easy product. I give them great kudo's for that. All the while Microsoft fell asleep at the wheel but also to their detriment is the fact that MS doesn't just have one platform to build towards. Since the release of the Iphone it has not changed much in its design. Apps can build around the screen resolution, size, etc. Then you have wanna be windows flip phones, PDA's(so they still exisit?), touch phones and everything inbetween. Developers were all spread out due to no lack of centralizing the respository of applications.

I know marketplace is attempting to remedy some of this but its very slow moving losing out to new comer Android and its marketplace as well as Blackberry Apps. Not to say there are not a lot of useful programs out there for WM 6 but its not in one place.

I would say that for the moment Android, Blackberry and Iphone has beaten MS and its developers at their own game. I hope they move swiftly to fix this so that the WM market can experience a merked improved within the first quarter of the 2010 year. I have all these phones. I am a gadget person. I like Android for its newness, Iphone OS for its simplicity(not an apple fan), WM for its business use. If I could get all of that in a WM device I would be one happy camper.

Hell give me the Zune HD interface with a telephone and apps and I would rock that.

I'm not an Apple fan.

However, I'm able to work on a Mac. But I own an iPhone, and all I have to say : Three Cheers to Apple.

I will probably be buying the iPhone 4G, maybe. But they have to put more signifiants changes to it.

Also, I got a question, was iPhone 2G use able to buy the OS 3.0?

If so, I might not buy the 4G ahah :P

- iPhone 3GS 32Gb User.

Yeah, currently the iPhone and iPhone 3G and 3GS are all on OS 3.0. The 3GS has a few more features than the 3G, such as voice control, while the 3G has some more than the original iPhone (I think MMS is just about it).

But I haven't seen a phone get major feature updates like the original iPhone. I fully expect Apple to retire it in June, however, since many 3 year contracts will be expiring.

^i'd almost take a guess that OS 4.0 will only be backward compatible to the 3GS.
since they dont like to make major changes from year to year, i'd assume the more powerful cpu/ram used in the 3GS will stay for iphone v4, and that maybe new OS 4.0 will have new features that work best with the faster hardware, leading them to exclude the iphone and iphone 3G from newer OS updates.

profets said,
^i'd almost take a guess that OS 4.0 will only be backward compatible to the 3GS.
since they dont like to make major changes from year to year, i'd assume the more powerful cpu/ram used in the 3GS will stay for iphone v4, and that maybe new OS 4.0 will have new features that work best with the faster hardware, leading them to exclude the iphone and iphone 3G from newer OS updates.


Unlikely, considering the original/edge phones still can get the latest updates, minus the new features from the new phones.

It's not like they can't turn off or adjust a package for the older phones.

DomZ said,
iPhone 4G, now that their versioning has caught up with the number of models (2nd generation was the 3G)

What will they call the jesusphone with 4G/LTE then ??

Finding evidence that iPhone OS 4.0 exists is like finding evidence the sun rises in the morning, 4.0 is inevitable(sp) and will be here around June like it has been the last 3 summers, along with an updated iphone.

@ dimithrak and Luis

The front facing camera has been about for ages, I do believe Three network brought out the 1st lot when they launched.

The infrestructure is there for the public make video calls but they will never release it to its full capacity.

Shame really as this is the step forward in telecommunications, we are behind when you compare what is out there for us to do (if that makes sense)

It's for string pattern matching in any script that processes it.
If a script is looking for particular OSs, they might try to find "Microsoft Windows" or "Mac OS X" in the user-agent string.

By saying "Like Mac OS X" they let these scripts pick out the iPhone OS as Mac OS X, which are very similar to begin with.

jzetterman said,
I wonder what the "... like Mac OS X" means.

Not much I don't think. I assume there are people who look for Mac OS X in the user agent and if so, send mac specific media. This way the iPhone can be sent mac content as well.

Same for 'like Gecko'

"front facing cameras for video chat" - i highly doubt that!. this is the same BS they put out last year. Unless they come out with some new hardware additions, I doubt buying the new iPhone would be worth it.. I'd rather upgrade my existing phone software!

dimithrak said,
"front facing cameras for video chat" - i highly doubt that!. this is the same BS they put out last year. Unless they come out with some new hardware additions, I doubt buying the new iPhone would be worth it.. I'd rather upgrade my existing phone software!

I think a front side camera is pretty useless. Nokia's N95 has one and nobody uses.

The N95 had a web browser as well., lots of phones did but nobody really used them that much because they were so hard/slow/useless.

Apple made the software that brought "mobile internet" to the masses, so If/when Apple do release "iChat" for the iPhone, expect it to be done really well.

dimithrak said,
Unless they come out with some new hardware additions, I doubt buying the new iPhone would be worth it.

It wouldn't be a new iPhone if they didn't change the hardware.

DomZ said,
The N95 had a web browser as well., lots of phones did but nobody really used them that much because they were so hard/slow/useless.

Apple made the software that brought "mobile internet" to the masses, so If/when Apple do release "iChat" for the iPhone, expect it to be done really well.

Yep... Except that it would still be a webcam, no matter what they do, not a useless web browser turned into a complex desktop version.

DomZ said,
The N95 had a web browser as well., lots of phones did but nobody really used them that much because they were so hard/slow/useless.

I have an N95 8GB and I use the browser all the time, and it is not at all slow. Opera Mini further improves the web browsing experience.