Posts tagged ‘3G’
Steve Jobs took the stage at WWDC ’08 and, as expected, delivered a new 3G version of the iPhone. Here are some of the feature highlights:
- ‘twice as fast, half the price’ means faster 3G downloads at $199 for 8GB and $299 for the 16GB
- black model in 8GB capacity, black or white in 16GB capacity
- at 12.3 mm, it’s thinner than previous model
- black plastic back, solid metal buttons, same 3.5 inch display, same 2.0 mega pixel camera
- flush 3.5 mm headphone jack, and improved audio
- improved battery life: 300 hours of standby, talk up to 5 hours on 3G and up to 10 hours on 2G, up to 24 hours of audio
- Assisted GPS
- new ultra-compact USB power adapter
- will sell in 70 countries total with more language support
A 3G iPhone seems a certainty at WWDC as just about everyone ( and their mother ) is predicting one and we should get an earful about the new App Store and iPhone 2.0 firmware plus a few native app demos but what surprises may Steve Jobs have for us? The top 3 likely candidates:
- NanoPhone – we know it exists and Apple’s keen on bringing it to market in order to expand the iPhone lineup. In fact, iLounge is talking about a 3.2 and a smaller 2.8 inch iPhones ready to be announced on Monday.
- Macbook Pro – this would be an ideal place to reveal an upgraded and restyled Pro machine as most developers need this kind of power. The new Pro machine should get higher capacity HDDs with a thinner profile. Macbook may be refreshed right around back to school time.
- Mac Tablet – I’ve reported on a tablet some time ago and several sites have confirmed that Apple’s working on one and some have even said it’s in the manufacturing process right now but I have my doubts on this thing being ready before fall.
A Chinese website called iDealsChina says it has obtained pictures of the case molds for the upcoming 3G iPhone. The molds are allegedly from Apple accessory maker Griffin’s case design and seem to show a substantially thinner profile for the second gen iPhone. The pictures also prove that Apple does indeed share its plans for next gen products with its key partners.
update – Exo also seems to have a 3G case already made.
With Apple making plans to introduce the next-generation iPhone in over 42 countries to a potential half a billion customers, it seems almost certain that we’re very close to a US launch. Several Apple fan sites are reporting that Steve Jobs will make the 3G iPhone announcement at the WWDC Keynote on June 9th and that units will be available for purchase immediately after the launch.
Telecom Italia top executive Luigi Licciardi, speaking at the International Electronics Forum in Dubai, has confirmed that Apple will bring a 3G model to Italy in June. This admission is the first by a top level executive associated with the 3G iPhone planned introduction which is most likely in June during the WWDC conference. Vodafone has already announced it will be the other iPhone carrier in Italy.
The multi-national carrier Vodafone has made a significant announcement that it’ll carry the Apple iPhone in 10 countries to include Australia, Czech Republic, Egypt, Greece, Italy, India, Portugal, New Zealand, South Africa and Turkey. While no specifics are discussed, the most likely candidate for affluent markets would be the 3G iPhone while a lower priced model may be released in less affluent countries.
During the past two weeks, a number of Apple news sites have posted contradictory reports on the next gen Apple iPhone specs. Some have speculated that the 3G iPhone will have the same 3.5 inch touch screen as the current model while others say the device will get a smaller 2.8 inch screen. There’s also been wild speculations on the size and thickness of the model as a particularly dubious misinformation blog ( rumored to be run by circus rejected baboons ) has spread wild rumors that the new 3G model is thicker and heavier than the current model. In trying to dissect the truth from speculations, I’ve contacted my trusted iPhone source who has previously provided correct iPhone plans and features months in advance.
As I reported on a previous post reflecting the inside knowledge of my other iPhone source, the so called NanoPhone, or the smaller entry level iPhone model, is well into its design and testing phase with the distinct possibility of being released to manufacturer in late ’08 and introduced in early ’09. My second source, whom I’ve been in contact with several times during the past few days, corroborates the approximate time frame and confirms the 3-tier Apple product plans for the iPhone and adds that Apple wishes to introduce the current model replacement, referred to as the mid level model, in June followed by the NanoPhone just before the end of the year holiday shopping season in early November. I asked my insider regarding the rumors on 2 different screen sizes and have been reassured that the current model replacement will feature the same 3.5 inch screen while being marginally thinner and lighter. The NanoPhone will apparently get the 2.8 inch touch screen minus the camera and GPS ( which the new mid level model will now get ). As for the size and weight of the NanoPhone, it was described to me as exceptionally thin and light. As it stands right now, the NanoPhone is the entry level handset on the traditional 3-tier Apple product model, the current model replacement is the mid level, and my source maintains that the much talked about Apple UMPC/MID/tablet is the upper level model, featuring a substantially larger touch screen and 3G.
TIM ( Telecom Italia Mobile ) has secured the right to sell the next generation iPhone without a contract and carrier lock, Stefano Carli reports for the prestigious Italian newspaper La Repubblica. There will be no revenue sharing nor carrier exclusivity, both of which Carli credits to the six month negotiations headed by TIM’s chief Franco Bernabè. Carli goes on to say that Jobs was ultimately convinced by Bernabè to abandon the successful US iPhone carrier model to one which would work best in the Italian market.
“The agreement is revolutionary because it signals a major change in the Apple strategy” writes Carli. He cites 3 major points in the agreement:
- the current generation iPhones will not be marketed in Italy, instead the new 3G handsets will be directly introduced,
- the agreement is not based on ‘revenue sharing’, instead each iPhone is marketed at a “higher price”,
- TIM is not given an exclusive carrier deal, but the right to sell the 3G handsets at least through summer ’08, after which Vodafone and 3 are the candidates most likely to bring the iPhone to Italy for next Christmas.
Carli then asks: “It’s a strange agreement at first site. TIM takes the iPhone home first and pays much less than the others before it. Why would Jobs accept all this?”. Carli reasons given that pre-paid voice plans are very popular in Italy, making huge profits from them would not be possible. Jobs’ primary objectives now seem to be promoting the Safari mobile browser to encourage the higher consumption of data and promoting content purchase from mobile iTunes rather than to sell fewer handset at the highest possible cost that come bundled with carrier exclusivity and fixed plans.
IndiaTimes is reporting that VodaPhone will carry the iPhone for the Indian market come September and the UK based company is also “likely to become the carrier for the Australian market once iPhone is launched there”. The iPhone may in fact launch in India and other less affluent markets like Mexico and some south east Asian countries in the months to come, just don’t be surprised if a less featured model is introduced instead of the upscale 3G model everyone is expecting. Could the NanoPhone be introduced in India first?
Tom Spring describes in his PC World Blog some features of the upcoming 3G Apple iPhone:
- 8, 16, and 32GB
- thinner case and better camera