Rumor: 3G Coming with iChat, DIGG it?


Digg and Pownce founder and web 2.0 darling Kevin Rose, during the latest Diggnation podcast, made the following prognostications about the eventual 3G iPhone (via Apple Insider):

[Kevin Rose] claims that a 3G version of the iPhone hardware due in a few months will employ two digital cameras situated back-to-back -- one on the front side of the unit behind the transparent touch-screen, and a second one on the back of the handset as it exists today.

Rose also conjectures that this may be why Apple has limited background processes in the current SDK: to prevent competition to their upcoming iChat Touch application.

iChat Touch, according to Rose, will allow full-on video conferencing via high-speed HSDPA between 3G iPhone users and desktop iChat users alike.

As to how reliable Rose's predictions may be, Apple Insider reminds us:

In the week's leading up to last year's iPhone introduction, the Digg founder cited sources in saying Apple would introduce the handset with a slide-out keyboard, two separate battery compartments, and make it available for both CDMA and GSM networks -- all of which turned out to be false.

So, um... er... yeah -- we'll take this with a shovel full of salt for now.

Still, the idea iChat Touch with video is exciting and functionality I'd love to see on the second generation iPhone. What do you think?

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Rene Ritchie

EiC of iMore, EP of Mobile Nations, Apple analyst, co-host of Debug, Iterate, Vector, Review, and MacBreak Weekly podcasts. Cook, grappler, photon wrangler. Follow him on Twitter and Google+.

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Rumor: 3G Coming with iChat, DIGG it?


Yawn.... Going "Oh for" on his last predictions doesn't give him much credibility. That said, this sounds like a killer feature that I'd love to have.

Well he did also say that it would come out in a 4 & 8 gig models but ya I don't think he will be right about this. I wish he was but it seems to me like just adding 3g is going to suck up some major battery juice and you know how Jobs said he wouldn't put 3G in until they could figure out a way to get x hours of usage out of it Im no expert but it seems that if they had to add video confrencing to their list of things running it sure wouldn't last very long. Im hoping for some great battery in the next iPhone because I would love this feature.

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