There should never be any sort of surprise that there are already rumblings about the next iPhone. As in usual fashion, Apple is expected to launch the next-generation of iPhone next summer, and now analysts are already taking their best stabs at what it'll be like.
For one thing, the bets are on Apple sourcing its cell phone communication hardware from Qualcomm instead of Infineon. This could both point to there being a CDMA version that's compatible with Verizon, as well as one that would work on 4G networks.
"We believe the company has selected Qualcomm as its modem supplier for the CDMA iPhone as well as for the iPhone 5," Ashok Kumar, a managing director and analyst at Rodman & Renshaw, wrote, according to Cnet. "The iPhone 5 will likely use a two-chip modem, allowing the company to create 3G and 4G products."
With 4G phones just hitting the market this year, Apple probably saw it as too early to integrate 4G capabilities in the iPhone 4. By this time next year, the 4G picture may be a little better, perhaps giving a reason for the iPhone 5 to hop onto 4G.
Kumar also added that he believes that Apple will unveil a 7-inch iPad equipped with cameras sometime early 2011.