updated 07:25 am EST, Thu January 14, 2010
Goldman sees iPhone with 5MP cam in June
Goldman Sachs analyst Robert Chen in a comment Thursday claimed to know that Apple will build an unusual touch-sensitive casing for the next iPhone. Without naming his sources, the researcher says the iPhone will use a plastic shell similar to that of the Magic Mouse, which supports touch functions despite its curved surface. More conventionally, Chen echoes leaks of a 5-megapixel camera making its way into the device.
Frequently expected plans are also mentioned and include mass production starting in April, with a release in June or July, as well as a new revision of the iPhone's firmware.
What the touch casing would be used for isn't evident. The current iPhone OS interface doesn't require touch elements beyond the screen, and the single home button doesn't necessarily need a touch-sensitive input. Adding the new features could bring a control scheme similar to the Palm Pre and Pixi, where off-screen touch is used for functions like opening the launcher or going back one level in a given app.