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The 3G iPhone Almost Real…on July 11

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Steve Jobs at WWDC 2008 Photo Courtesy of Engadget

OK guys, instead of liveblogging the event, we are standing in line to buy the new iPhone, which went totally “real” a little while ago, according to a blog post by our buddies at Engadget and Gizmodo. But the company says no new iPhones till July 11, which is kind of a bummer. Here are some features:

* It is 3G
* Has a plastic back and thinner edges.
* The speed improvement over other 3G phones is 36 percent.
* 300 hours of standby, 5 hours of 3G Talk, 8 hours of 2G talk time. Seven hours of video and a day of audio. (I will believe it when I see it, for Apple makes some wild-ass claims about battery life that are just flat-out wrong. P-o-s Macbook Air is a case in point.)
* Geolocation’s Cadillac. I love this feature and can’t wait for the location-based revolution it will unleash, extending the good work of the folks at Nokia.
* It seems they’re still using the same processor, and the same kind of video-processing unit as they did with the original device. I wonder why that is?

Bonus link: Slim Pickings For Web Workers: WebWorkerDaily. They are rightfully underwhelmed, and after all the hype, so am I. What’s the point of not having the phone available on the day you announce it? All iPhone related news is not worth it, unless you can test it. Of course you can do press release rewrites….

NewTeeVee: Latest iPhone Wins One & Sucks Some On Video

Jobs photo courtesy of Engadget and their live blog coverage and extensive array of photos.

11 Responses to “The 3G iPhone Almost Real…on July 11”

  1. Om, what’s interesting is that with this new pricing Apple moves away from the rev share deal that they pioneered with AT&T.

    With the benefit of time, the original deal just might come to be seen as the ‘second greatest unintentional head-fake in tech history’ since by setting the bar so high for what a mobile phone could be, and extracting rich financial terms from AT&T, Apple seriously baited the hook for carriers desperate to get into the excuse-free mobile Internet game, but waiting for a vendor with more traditional economics (i.e., a heavily subsidized phone but no revenue sharing).

    Prediction: carriers will sign up en masse, customers will see $199 as a relatively easy impulse buy, and once a couple ‘have to have’ iPhone apps start flooding into the market, Apple is going to do some crazy volume.

    Check out the post I wrote on the topic, if interested:

    Jobs and iPhone: The (second) greatest unintentional head-fake in tech history?


  2. More to the point, breaking compatibility with existing iPhones would piss off a lot of people and create a testing nightmare. Newer tech is also more expensive, which isn’t helpful when you’re lowering the price. Besides, the hardware in the old phone isn’t all that old. Would’ve been silly to “upgrade” when it already works.

  3. It seems they’re still using the same processor, and the same kind of video-processing unit as they did with the original device. I wonder why that is?

    It’s hard to change everything at once. If they’d changed the cpu (which iirc has the graphics integrated) that would have been a ton more testing & QA.