Will We See 24 Million Next Generation iPhones This Year?

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DigiTimes is reporting that Foxconn will apparently ship 24 million iPhone 4G units this year alone—4.5 million shortly after Apple officially announces the phone on June 7th and another 19.5 million throughout the rest of the year.

Of course, none of this is official since as far as Apple’s concerned, the new iPhone doesn’t exist yet. Whatever the case, 24 million iPhones is a LOT of iPhones to ship in 2010. What’s somewhat more interesting about the DigiTimes piece, though, is some additional info about the phone’s hardware.

Apparently it’ll have a 960×640 LCD screen featuring in-plane switching (IPS), which is used in the iPad’s screen. That otherwise peculiar 960×640 resolution makes sense because it fits Apple’s own iFrame video format that it announced last year and the IPS technology dovetails with Apple’s desire to push its sales of electronic books across its own portable devices. The actual panel itself is apparently 33% thinner than previous iPhone screens, which has allowed Apple to fit a higher capacity battery in the new phone.

As for the CPU, according to DigiTimes the new iPhone will not use Apple’s A4 chip found in the iPad. Instead, it’ll use an ARM Cortex A8 processor like the one found in the iPhone 3GS. The RAM will apparently be 512MB (the 3GS has 256MB) in order to more easily handle the multitasking features found in the iPhone 4.0 operating system.

Again, none of this information can be officially substantiated so take it with a grain of salt. It doesn’t seem wildly outrageous by any means, though. We’ll find out all the official details during Apple’s announcement in early June.

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