iPhone 4.0 : five ways it’ll revolutionise mobile. Again.


The iPhone 4.0 leaks have been splashed all over the web, but so far the majority of gadget fans’ speculation, scrutiny and inspection of the device has been on its specs. Sure there are some new goodies in there, but more interesting is how Apple could use its new toy to reshape mobile all over again.
1. Put the video back in video games
Sure, Apple will show off that front-facing camera on the iPhone 4.0 with iChat and video calls, but we don’t reckon that’s what it’s really for.
To date, tons of phones have offered front-facing cameras, but they’re always been smudgy, and video chat on the move is a pain. Once developers get their hands on it however, that front-facing camera will be an invaluable weapon for the iPhone.
Obviously, it has the potential to take on the Nintendo DSi, but games developers could also seize it as a chance to make augmented reality gaming a reality. Imagine playing story-based games that read your facial expressions to figure out how infuriated or amused you are by the plot-line. Or which quietly monitor your attention span, pausing the game when you’re distracted, or need to hop off the bus.
2. Unparalleled screen quality
The first hands-on reports with the iPhone 4.0 suggested that its resolution has been hugely increased. Gizmodo reported it was difficult to discern individual pixels, while Daring Fireball’s John Gruber explains the ramifications of a huge resolution increase on the iPhone 4.0.
In short, Apple’s mobile will finally have a screen quality to rival high quality magazines. According to Gruber, a doubling of its resolution to 960?×?640 would create unprecedented quality for a mobile phone, and mean the iPhone 4.0 display was “indistinguishable, or nearly so, from high-quality print.”
Consider Apple has already announced it’ll bring iBooks to the iPhone with iPhone OS 4.0, and the implications are clear: Apple is out to make the new iPhone a fantastic device for reading, and will pack in enough pixels to display close-to-HD video, even considering its small screen.

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