5 Things The iPhone 4G Will Inherit From Apple iPad

The iPad has been launched last week and already, we can expect Apple to look forward to the next massive product launch, the one that will come in June (or July) and which will see the launch of the device is commonly known as the iPhone 4G.

And one can be sure that there will be some aspects of the iPad that will trickle down to the iPhone 4G especially as Apple's tablet was given some very special treatment by the engineers at the Cupertino-based company.

Here are the five iPad technologies which we think will be adopted by the iPhone 4G when it is launched later this year.

(1) A Large Screen

The Apple iPhone 3GS kept the same screen size (3.5-inch) as the two previous generations. We can't help but believe that Apple will this time, slightly bump the screen size of its smartphone to match the screen size of its contemporary competitors (like the 4.3-inch size of the HTC Touch HD). We expect it to be at least 4-inch in diagonal).

But then, Apple might have to make the iPhone screen more "square" to accommodate for the 4:3 screen size format of the iPad or require that developers do some serious tweaking to their apps.

(2) Processor

The iPad was the first device to come with Apple first custom-made silicon chip, the A4. Nothing much is known about the processor except that it has been built by PA Semi engineers, runs at 1GHz, is system-on-chip solution (comes with an integrated GPU) and is almost certainly ARM-based.

Expect to see a refined Cortex-A8 clocked at a lower speed compared to the iPad but higher than last year's 3GS. Apple is likely to have integrated the more advanced version of the PowerVR SGX which equips the iPhone 3GS, the SGX Series5XT.

(3) 802.11n

That's a given, the next iPhone will have 802.11n. Why? Because it makes sense to standardise components use across the whole range, therefore cementing the belief that the iPad is nothing more than a giant iPod Touch. Seriously though, it doesn't make sense to go for anything lower than the 802.11n.

(4) iBookstore

Apple knows that it will have to release the iBookstore sooner or later to give some momentum to the service and accelerate sales. Amazon already has an iPhone Kindle App thanks to its acquisition of Stanza and there are some lesser known players as well such as GoodReader Lite or Bookshelf.

(5) iPhone OS 3.2

It is unlikely that you will get iPad's iPhone OS 3.2 as such but expect some features to appear on the iPhone OS 4.0. Engadget found that it may include video conferencing, file uploads/downloads and local storage, customisable background, a spell-checker and USB Host support or expanded Bluetooth support.