Figuring out what's going to be in the next Apple iPhone, expected next week, turns out to be surprisingly easy.
The next iPhone will be able to capture video: there will be enough processor power there. (Other mobile phones have had video capabilities for ages, but Apple appears to have wanted to have something special to sell, and wanted to preserve battery life.) Expect an improved camera - 3 megapixels, up from the present 2MP, is a reasonable upgrade.
We can also make a number of other forecasts based on those, and other ineluctable realities about the cost of components in computing.
1) Its Flash storage will be doubled. Prices there are halving every year, so rather than the present 8GB and 16GB models, you'll see 16GB and 32GB. A separate data point on this comes from Darren Waters of the BBC, who says he has heard this, independently, from a Carphone Warehouse source. (CPW sells iPhones in the UK.)
2) You'll have a lot more onboard RAM: 256MB in total, rather than 128. Again, simple economics: it costs the same for that much as it did two years ago. That will mean that applications can store more data in memory and boot faster. It might also mean that you'll get better video quality, since there will be more available for the graphics chip.
The quick 5-second roundup:
-will record video
-no FM. (Uses battery, so let accessories companies fight for it)
-twice the storage of current models
-still no Flash
-will work as a modem (it's always been able to, but networks refused to allow it)