New iPhone to feature 3D graphics chip?

Written by Joe Martin

June 5, 2009 // 10:45 a.m.

Tags: #iphone #ipod-touch #new-iphone

Apple is prepating to unveil a new iPhone model at the annual World Wide Developers Conference it seems, according to sources close to the company.

According to reports the new model iPhone will feature a number of hardware changes from existing models and should go on sale in mid-July. The iPhone will be linked to AT&T, in the US at least, and is rumoured to hit American shelves on July 17th.

Hardware changes which have been mentioned for the new SKU include the addition of a built-in 3D graphics chip that should speed up game performance and offer a higher level of graphical fidelity for iPhone users. Bluetooth support is also said to get an overhaul to make wireless performance faster and more reliable, with Apple apparently hoping that add-on controllers such as keyboards and even game controllers could be a possibility in the future.

Further proving that Apple is re-focusing the iPhone as a games platform is the news that the company has recently started buying up game developers and bringing some development studios in-house. It's also been heavily rumoured that Apple may be readying to update the AppStore and create a new storefront exclusively for game content - but that's all baseless rumour at the moment.

That said, a lot of this is rumour at the moment and though Kotaku claims sources close to Apple those sources have also elected to remain anonymous. It looks like we'll have to wait until the WWD conference next week until we know for sure.

What do you think of the iPhone as a gaming platform? Let us know your thoughts in the forums and don't forget to check out our round-up of iPhone and iPod Touch games - we've done two of them so far!
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