iPhone 3G 3 Chipset 720p Recording, Real-time Video Conferencing Capable?


Engadget reports -- based on the tear-downs we've seen -- that the iPhone 3G S' ARM Cortex A8 processor is capable of a wee bit more than Apple has thus far enabled.

Currently running at 600MHz, it actually supports a top clock speed of 833MHz and here are the kickers: 720p video recording and real-time video conferencing.

We'll likely not see the clock speed ramped up for power-saving reasons, nor the video conferencing due to the lack of front-facing camera. But the 720p video recording?

Apple, flip the switch!

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Moises says:

Apple has a nag for doing stuff like that I bet you anything that This will be some of the feature that the next gen iPhone is going to have.they could have done mms on the first iPhone but they want people to just go and buy the new 3g s or the 3g iPhone. Sorry apple but that is me being real.

Benoit Cerrina says:

the processor can do 720p recording, can the camera follow?

Stu says:

720p only needs a 3.2 mp camera so yes it could but I know if I buy one they are going to do a 3G on me and only make it availible on the new model next yr....

iShirk says:

Uhhh iphone has 3.0 MP =/

dloveprod says:

something to look forward to next year

untitled_ says:

@dionte or when Steve come back...

The Reptile says:

So, I guess that next year's device will be the iPhone HD?

Stu says:

ok then if its only 3mp we maybe looking at another new phone for HD and not a OS update but do you really need hd on a phone???

MattM says:

@Stu, do you really need games, a web browser, maps, GPS, an iPod, and a camera on a phone? No, of course not. Bit they are nice features to have :-D

Joe McG says:

720p is 1280 x 720 = 921600 pixels, or just under 1 million (mega) pixels). I don't know where you guys are getting 3.0 or 3.2 from. Typically the thing that limits the use of video is the frame rate. It must be at least 24 fps to be considered 720p. I'm assuming Engadget took this into consideration.

Michael Denney says:

720p would be nice but I think the video recording is good for the first revision. I'd like to see the flaky wifi fixed before anything else.

Stu says:

@MattM ok good point would love the TomTom app!! If it did have HD really the main thing would need to be a HD output now that would be somthing else!!

Omari James says:
  • looks at iPhone screen carefully for camera hole *

They will probably release an update in september for HD support simultaneously with the new iPod Touch HD.

Drake says:

Can't wait to see what they do with next year's iPhone then.... ;)

eroy says:

ok mr 3.2 megapixel. your wrong :)
720p footage is 1,280x720
a "megapixel is the vertical pixels multiplied by the horizontal pixels.
even full hd 1080p is only 2,052,000 or 2.05 megapixels.
720p is 921,600 or 0.92 megapixels.
there is plenty of room around that megapixel in the iphone for a digital image stabilizer to use. nice potential.

eroy says:

just read the rest of the comments. someone already gave my rebut lol

Matt Sawyers says:

@Stu & @Joe McG, You Can't multiple 1280 x 720 and get pixels, tehy are two different units. 1280 x 720 are lines of resolution in video, not pixels.

Wicked says:

Actually "Matt" the lines are 1 pixel each
for example would be 4 lines high the width of 1 pixel is each line. It follows that the lines high by lines wide = pixels... iPhone still sucks by the way =)

Wicked says:

Well would be 4 dots wide actually lol.

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