January 14, 2010
Goldman Sachs analyst Robert Chen wants you to forget about all of those tablet rumors for just a moment and start considering what the next-generation iPhone may have to offer, even if one of his predictions is a bit out there. According to Bloomberg, Mr. Chen is predicting the next-generation iPhone will be making an appearance as early as June of this year, will offer a 5-megapixel camera, as opposed to the 3.2-megapixel one it is currently sporting, and will have some sort of touch-sensitive casing, sort of like Apple's recently released Magic Mouse.
“Apple’s going to put a lot of innovation, not just on the hardware, but also on the software of the new iPhone,” said Taipei-based Chen, a member of Asia’s top-ranked technology hardware research team. The handset will feature a new plastic casing similar to that used for Apple’s touch-panel Magic Mouse released last year, he said.Chen doesn't have any evidence to back his claims beyond citing unidentified sources. He also doesn't indicate how this new touch-sensitive case may be put to use. The release date and upgraded camera is a pretty safe prediction to make, but Chen is really going out on a limb with this new case idea. I suppose it is possible considering Apple merely upgraded the internals of the last iPhone model, so it would definitely be a good time for a case re-design. Any thoughts on how a touch-sensitive case may help or hinder your iPhone experience?