Next gen iPhone auto-focus, compass revealed?

Chinese language blog UMPCFever releases photos purported to be of the next-generation iPhone running iPhone OS 3.0 and demoing new camera and compass features.

Update: June 1, 2009: UMPCFever has removed the blog post from its Web site.

A Chinese-language blog UMPCFever posted pictures recently that its claims are the first ever photos from a functioning next-generation iPhone. The Web site, translated through Google, displays images of iPhone OS 3.0 running some of the rumored new iPhone features we covered here, here, here, and here.

According to the report, the new iPhone contains an auto-focusing camera that uses an onscreen square that can be moved around with a combination of taps and dragging to choose the object to focus on. The rumored digital compass and its software are shown as well. Other features in iPhone OS 3.0 are demoed on the site like MMS--supporting video and photos, copy and paste, the Voice Recorder app, and so on.

Auto-Focus UMPCFever
Digital Compass UMPCFever
Old iPhone - No Auto-Focus UMPCFever
New iPhone - Auto-Focus UMPCFever
MMS - Video or Still Photo UMPCFever
CPU Activity Logging - Prototype device? UMPCFever

The credibility of this group is unknown, but the features shown on the site have already been demoed by Apple or consistent with rumors circulating around the Internet about the next generation iPhone and iPhone OS 3.0.

So what do you think? Is this the next iPhone and its new software? Let us know in the comments.

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