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Next Generation iPhone to Offer 3G, WiMax, and 24 Hour Talk Time?

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You're probably guessing that the title is a cheap teaser designed to get everyone's attention while offering nothing but unfounded speculation about the mysteries of the universe. Well, you'd be wrong - for the most part. Sure, the title is intended to catch your eye, but there's some real meat here. While absolutely nothing is clear, news from part suppliers suggest that Apple may be eyeing up Intel's recently announced Moorestown MID (Mobile Internet Device) platform for use in an upcoming model of the iPhone. What's more, the perks mentioned in the title are just a sampling of what Moorestown is expected to bring to the table.Next Generation iPhone to Offer 3G, WiMax, and 24 Hour Talk Time?

Based on the upcoming 2008 Menlow MID platform, Moorestown will be the product of a new, cooler, 45-nanometer manufacturing process which Intel says will produce chips for mobile devices and handheld PCs that are ten times more power efficient than today's chips. Such power efficiency could result in an iPhone, or other mobile device, which can offer 24 hours of usage on a single charge, according to Intel.

On top of the power saving features of Moorestown comes a beefy lineup of hardware offerings and support. The new chips will integrate CPU, GPU and memory controllers functions. Both Moorestown and it's predecessor, Menlow, are expected to support 3G, WiMAX (4G), hardware accelerated 3D such as OGL2.0, HD video decoding and more.

In addition to the hardware benefits of switching to the new Intel MID platform, Apple will clearly gain a development advantage by bringing it's entire product line under the Intel x86 platform. Instead of developing or compiling OS X and it's components specially for the iPhone's custom ARM processor based platform, Apple will be able to directly share components and code between it's full-fledged PC version of OS X and it's mobile device version of OS X.

Menlow is scheduled to be available in 2008 and though it won't offer the same power savings Moorestown is stated to, devices which use it should still bring to the table battery usage times meet or exceed today's standards. Moorestown is scheduled for production in 2009.

[via Electronista]

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