Apple Tablet, iPhone 4G and iPhone OS 4.0 guestimation

There are many rumors on the web (Gizmodo.com, Engadget.com, TechCrunch.com, etc.) on the Apple Tablet. Apple has already confirmed its 27th Jan event by sending invitations to media all over the World. No, we are not invited. But, we are as excited as you in the products that are going to be launched in the event.

Apple would also launch the iPhone OS 4.0 on 27th, such that the iPhone and the Tablet will share a similar base. This would suggest that the newer OS would force all new apps submission to be of variable resolution. In the past iPhone apps do not have such problems because all iPhone OS devices (iPhone & iPod Touch) were guaranteed 480×320. With the launch of the Tablet and many competing smartphones of higher resolution, Apple has to introduce a higher res iPhone sooner or later. So it would be a good chance to do it now.

To many developers like ourselves, the screen aspect ratio is as important as the resolution, if not more important. The current aspect ratio is 1.5:1 or 3:2 (480:320), a not-so-common ratio. It would be a problem to many developers if this ratio is changed, especially those that made videos, media, game environment using this ratio. Changing the resolution is however, not as detrimental as changing the aspect ratio. Those apps that are not ready for the higher resolution could simply be upscaled.  And if OS 4.0 handles deprecation well, old apps could look just like new ones. We shall not go into details on how this is done.

Based on the above argument, we would expect the screen resolution of iPhone 4G to be at least 720×480 and the Tablet to be 960×640. Both of these resolutions are highly possible because they are multiples of 480×320 (1.5 and 2 respectively). Of course, iPhone 4G could also take on the 960×640 resolution for both platforms to be unified. 960×640 is a nicer resolution than 720×480 because every pixel is expanded into 4 whole pixels.

And because of the higher resolution, we can also expect the core processor and graphics processor to be significantly upgraded as well. RAM wise, it should be at least that of Nexus One, 512MB. As for other cosmetic specs, we shall not delve into here.

And if you are wondering why we assumed the Tablet is to share the same OS as iPhone and not MacBook, Apple would most likely want to repeat its AppStore success on the Tablet, i.e. a closed platform rather than an open one. But due to the fact it is a Tablet, users may have more control over the device.

One key feature we definitely wish to see in the Tablet is, that the device will have a SIM slot or WiMax (LTE) connectivity. 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