Rumor Has It: Leaked iPhone Specs Describe Big Improvements

iphone3As you’re probably aware if you read any mobile tech blog, including our favorite jkOnTheRun, the Palm (s palm) Pre is set for a June 6 release date as of today, and will run you $199 with a $100 mail-in rebate, or $299 if you’re too lazy to drop that rebate in the mailbox. It’s big news, big enough to completely dominate the tech blogosphere today, which may be the reason new leaked iPhone (s aapl) specs also just recently made an appearance.

Unlike earlier hardware details posted by a Chinese forum-goer, the newest rumored specifications are far from underwhelming. In fact, they basically agree with pretty much every other early report we’ve seen to date, which either supports or takes away from the credibility of the new source. The origin of these latest specs is reported by as being “closely connected to Apple’s hardware development team.”

Here’s a brief overview of what we’re supposedly getting from Apple in June:

  • 32GB and 16GB storage (up from the current 16GB and 8GB models)
  • $199 and $299 price points to be maintained
  • 3.2-megapixel camera (up from the current 2-megapixel camera)
  • Video-recording and editing capabilities
  • Ability to send a picture and video via MMS
  • Discontinuation of the metal band surrounding the edge of the device
  • OLED screen
  • 1.5 times the battery life of the current models
  • Double the RAM and processing power
  • Built-in FM transmitter
  • Apple logo on back will glow
  • Rubber-tread backing
  • Sleeker design
  • Built-in compass
  • The camera, GPS, compass and Google map combined will identify photos and inform about photo locations
  • Turn-by-turn directions

A lot of these add up with other reports (OLED screen, 3.2-megapixel camera, video recording/editing), but some seem much more far-fetched (like the glowing Apple logo). I’m really hoping that the 1.5 times battery life estimate is on the conservative side. Personally, I think the stats are completely reasonable and in line with what we’ve heard so far, but that doesn’t necessarily make them accurate, so definitely take them with a grain of salt.