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New iPhone will feature video chat

Apple really can't seem to keep a lid on information regarding its not-so-secret, upcoming fourth generation iPhone. According to some recent spy work by Engadget, it seems that video chat has now been indisputably confirmed for the 4G iPhone. Some recent tweeting has revealed that American Beauty director, Sam Mendes, is in the midst of creating a bunch of commercials for the launch of the next iPhone. As per Engadget's inside tipster, at least one of the commercials will showcase a video chat conversation using the front-facing camera.

Engadget feels very confident about their source. Combined with video calls debugging screenshots unearthed by Boy Genius, it would be a complete shock if the next iPhone didn't contain a video calling feature. The interesting thing will be to see how AT&T's network reacts to all the extra traffic. Networks like that of Verizon and Sprint, which are rumored to also be getting the phone, seem better suited for such a data intensive feature. There's always the unlikely possibility that, just like with MMS, AT&T will shut off the feature until their network is ready to cope with the extra traffic (or just limit it to Wi-Fi only). Whatever the case may be, the world won't have to wait much longer to find out.

The next iPhone is set to be announced by Steve Jobs on June 7th at Apple's annual World Wide Developers Conference. A release date has not been set.

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