Next-gen iPhone to include video conferencing?

By Justin Mann on February 3, 2009, 5:45 PM
Following a recent firmware update for existing iPhones, rumors began to spread that Apple may already be playing with a next generation model to succeed the iPhone 3G. Product strings were found inside the firmware for phones that don't yet exist, and of course rumors about what sort of functionality new units might have began flying.

One particularly interesting feature rumored to show up in an upcoming iPhone release is video conferencing. What is a simple feat for a webcam and Skype-equipped PC isn't as easy for a cell phone, albeit it is not new either, and Apple has recently applied for a patent that indicates future iPhones will include such functionality. The patent describes the phone being used for a variety of video-oriented services, from digital videos to photography, and specifically mentions video conferencing.

Many iPhone users have complained to Apple about the lack of video conferencing in a phone that is clearly capable of providing it. For whatever reason, be it cost or practicality, it hasn't been included, but I wouldn’t be surprised to hear that new iPhones will come stock with the feature. What else would you like to see in the next iPhone?




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JosVilches said:
I don't care much for the lack of MMS on the iPhone, but perhaps they will finally add something seemingly as simple as copy and paste functionality. The possibility of running applications in the background would also be a nice addition.
Rick said:
[b]Originally posted by JosVilches:[/b][quote]perhaps they will finally add something seemingly as simple as copy and paste functionality. The possibility of running applications in the background would also be a nice addition.[/quote]Clippy and Backgrounder are available on Cydia if you jailbreak your iPhone. Both work really well, although Clippy can only copy/paste editable text fields (still useful, though). Of course, you have to jail break it. :)
Julio said:
The biggest enhancement Apple could make to the current iPhone would be multi-tasking. Though I'm sure they will want to tout a few extra features on a revamped version, as an iPhone owner that's what I see it lacking the most.For that to happen we will need further software optimizations or speedier hardware though, because the way it is now, the iPhone can behave very slowly when running Safari and a few other basic apps.
9Nails said:
Julio, I'd like to see the following in the next-gen iPhone:1. Replaceable battery2. Flash RAM card slot3. No contracts, no commitments4. Smaller size5. Adobe Flash media support6. Video Camera and Flash7. Cut and Paste officially support - thanks for the Jail-Break tip Rick! :)8. Printing capabilities9. Web-based calendaring corporate email sync features for GroupWise, Exchange, Notes, etc...
Julio said:
Decent list 9nails. Though I bet # 1,2,3 won't make it in the next version.Flash is probably the next big improvement in the iPhone (including current ones).
black_adder said:
They Didnt include all this stuff in the 3G because they knew they could make more money if they bring out a new phone with these features included... 2 phones make more money than 1 with everything.Thats business, people.Oh btw, There IS an MMS App out, im using it At the moment on my 3G... i would prefer built in, but its good enough for now
Julio said:
[b]Originally posted by black_adder:[/b][quote]They Didnt include all this stuff in the 3G because they knew they could make more money if they bring out a new phone with these features included... 2 phones make more money than 1 with everything. Thats business, people.[/quote]True, but acceptable business practice IMO.The part that is completely unacceptable for me is when Apple expects iPod Touch users to pay for a few extra features that are mere software updates that could be added for free when you are making billions in device sales. iPhone users get it for free on the other hand. That's shoddy business practice.
lawrenceu88 said:
[b]Originally posted by 9Nails:[/b][quote]Julio, I'd like to see the following in the next-gen iPhone:1. Replaceable battery2. Flash RAM card slot3. No contracts, no commitments4. Smaller size5. Adobe Flash media support6. Video Camera and Flash7. Cut and Paste officially support - thanks for the Jail-Break tip Rick! :)8. Printing capabilities9. Web-based calendaring corporate email sync features for GroupWise, Exchange, Notes, etc...[/quote]Seems like your looking for a BlackBerry.
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