I don't know if the secret is out yet or not, but Apple discretely mentioned at their Worldwide Developers Conference today that they will be releasing a new model of the iPhone on June 24th. It's got a flood of new features on the outside and under the hood, perhaps most notably a front facing camera that will allow you to look directly into its revolutionary Retina Display to check in with big brother talk to loved ones. Plus, if you live in the US and subscribe to Netflix, you'll soon be able to stream Watch Instantly titles directly for viewing on your 3.5 inch screen. The future of mobile film is looking brighter every day... unless you're David Lynch, in which case this new wave of watching movies on your phone is a sign of Ragnarök.

While I'm sure there will be plenty of film geeks who dive into the Netflix app, the most interesting film-world implications of the iPhone 4 stem back to the aforementioned camera(s). Not only can I already envision its video chat service, dubbed FaceTime, being used in the near future of teen slashers ($10 says it's a year before we see Friend A watches helplessly as Friend B is butchered while making a video call), but I'm also sure it won't be long before its newly announced, in-phone iMovie video editing suite is used to make a feature film.

Granted, people have shot feature films on phones before, but I don't think anyone has shot a film in HD (the iPhone 4.0 can record 720p video at 30fps) from a phone and then edited it all together from that very phone. So the question is, how long will it be before we see just such a film (and I'm talking in theaters, not just on YouTube)? Do you even want to see a film shot and edited entirely on an iPhone?

categories Movies, Cinematical