3G iPhone Rumours
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One very obvious thing missing from
last year's Apple
iPhone was 3G support. If you wanted high-speed
internet access when you weren't near a WiFi hotspot,
then you needed to rely on a GPRS or EDGE connection.
Very often subscribers were stuck with dial-up modem
speeds on a device that really needed a much faster
Apple's excuse for the lack of 3G was
that it drained the battery too quickly, but in reality
the problem was more likely to be that the iPhone was
designed for the US AT&T/Cingular network where
3G availability was not great, and not for Europe
where 3G coverage is very much better.
Several rumours and reports indicate
that Apple may well be about to rectify the lack of
3G in the iPhone with a new model. A recent report in
the UK's Times
newspaper indicates that the 3G iPhone will be due for
a launch in June, and carriers who hold existing iPhone
stock are slashing prices in order to move inventory.
And by all indications, major European carriers are
sitting on top of hundreds of thousands of iPhones
which are likely to become obsolete pretty quickly.
Not only do carriers have to worry about
unsold stock, but there's also the problem of how to
deal with upgrades. Many iPhone customers will want
to upgrade their handsets while still within their contracts..
contracts which tent to be quite long for the iPhone.
Customers will not want to wait until their contract
expires to get an upgrade.
Although a replacement for the iPhone
is inevitable, there is very little information on what
the "iPhone II" will look like. Some
analysts have said that it will be radically different,
but it must surely be a touchscreen device that retains
the excellent iPhone interface that it already has.
As the saying goes, the apple doesn't fall far from
the tree and in this case we suspect that the iPhone
II will build on all the strengths of the original model
while addressing some of the many weaknesses.
Be prepared for plenty of speculation
over the next few months, along with a raft of photoshopped designs
(see some of the ones for the original iPhone here).
No doubt most of them will be more impressive than
our effort (pictured), but Apple always like to come
up with something surprisingly different..