GPS, Baby! NaviGadget says that the iPhone SDK includes code that suggests the next version of the iPhone can support GPS. It writes, "The device emulator included with iPhone SDK for application developers includes hints that the company has added support for GPS to the platform. We have no way of telling whether this would be an add-on device, an embedded GPS chip, or an A-GPS chip from Qualcomm but whatever it is the software is ready for it." The current version of the iPhone supports a very general type of location-based service with Google Maps' My Location feature. My Location uses a combo of Wi-Fi and cell tower information to triangulate position. It is not very exact, though. Since many other high-end phones, including a myriad of BlackBerrys, come with GPS these days, it is a feature the iPhone really should add.
iPhone Goes 'Buzz': This one is good news for people who dislike the iPhone's lack of physical buttons. Haptic feedback is tiny microvibrations that are sent throughout a device that let you know you've pressed a button or activated a feature. Some devices do it better than others, with some vibrating the entire phone, and others providing more localized feedback, such as on the new Motorola RKR E8. The E8 has the best use of haptics I've ever encountered. The reason this rumor has come to light is because Apple has recently met with a company called Immersion. It's met with Immersion twice, in fact. Immersion is a company that provides haptic technology, and even helped develop it for Samsung's Instinct. Whether or not this technology will be used in the next version of the iPhone is unknown, but it would surely be appreciated.