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Jobs plans to roll out 3G iPhone next year, and keep same battery life

Apple's iPhone has been slighted for many reasons, including its price, contract obligations and lack of modern 3G wireless data ability. While the issue of price has been diluted with a $200 price cut, and contractual obligations made all but moot with the public release of the iUnlock software, the iPhone is still limited to the slower EDGE data service.

But not for much longer.

UK website Pocket-Lint is reporting that Steve Jobs has just announced that a 3G-enabled iPhone is on the way for 2008. No specific date or even a quarter was given, only the abstract "next year."

With the proliferation of wireless data access overseas it's no surprise that Jobs made this announcement at a London Apple store - but it may have the side effect of hurting sales of the first-generation iPhone, scheduled to launch in the UK on November 9th through O2.

Jobs also clarified why 3G connectivity was left out of the iPhone thus far; and as was clearly shown by AnandTech, battery life was the driving reason. But Jobs is optimistic that future models of the iPhone will have better technology allowing for both 3G and the promised 8 hours of call time.

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RE: Correction
By Chris Peredun on 9/18/2007 2:32:05 PM , Rating: 2
Actually, I did mean "slated" as in "to criticize harshly or violently; to scold."

RE: Correction
By TomZ on 9/18/2007 2:42:51 PM , Rating: 1
That use of "slated" would not be recognized by most readers, especially American ones.

RE: Correction
By FITCamaro on 9/18/07, Rating: -1
RE: Correction
By Vertigo101 on 9/18/2007 3:01:10 PM , Rating: 4
But on the other hand, writing toward your intended audience isn't necessarily a bad thing. I'm all for utilizing every aspect of the English language, but using what amounts to colloquial slang isn't very target-neutral, like 'loo' and 'flat'. (Both of those examples are far more widely known than this use of 'slate'.)

DailyTech, while often attracting the more astute among us, also appeals to a much broader demographic. I'm not saying cater to the lowest common denominator, but perhaps try to use non-regional terms.

RE: Correction
By TomZ on 9/18/2007 3:23:05 PM , Rating: 5
Then they should get a dictionary and look it up. Don't assume we're all ignorant.

I see your point, but first of all, most people don't read with a dictionary nearby. Second, what's the purpose in using words or meanings that are uncommon? The only purpose I know of is to prove how smart you are, but that's not exactly an admirable or useful purpose.

RE: Correction
By dutchMasta on 9/18/2007 3:44:42 PM , Rating: 2
Online dictionary.
I understood it, slated is commonly used in England. It's nothing to do with being smart, there are some words I don't understand, just check it up, no big deal.

RE: Correction
By acer905 on 9/18/2007 3:47:16 PM , Rating: 2
... well i generally don't have a dictionary nearby... however in the case of reading something you find on the net... everyone has a ton of dictionaries at their fingertips. lol, and if all else fails, copy the word, go to google, and look it up.

RE: Correction
By FITCamaro on 9/18/2007 4:03:10 PM , Rating: 1

And I wasn't saying to use uncommonly used words all the time and to prove how smart you think you are. But it shouldn't have to be edited it out of writing because the average joe will look at it scratching his head.

RE: Correction
By retrospooty on 9/18/2007 3:48:57 PM , Rating: 2
"If they're too dumb to understand, too bad. Don't take the Democrat's approach and make things easier so the masses won't feel stupid."

I agree, we shouldn't dumb things down, to hell with stupid people. Its not like they will understand when its explained anyhow... they're stupid after all - LOL (Although I am not at all sure that has anything to do with Dems or Reps for that matter).

Just picture in your mind how stupid the average person is... Now think, half of everyone is stupider than that guy! - George Carlin.

RE: Correction
By HeavyB on 9/18/2007 4:32:23 PM , Rating: 4
Yes, we all know the leader of the Republican party is a literary genious. LOL.



RE: Correction
By ninjit on 9/18/2007 4:14:13 PM , Rating: 2
Actually, I did mean "slated" as in "to criticize harshly or violently; to scold."

Could you point to a reference for that definition of "to slate"?

I looked at,, Meriam Webster, and the Oxford English dictionary, and couldn't find anything similar.

It sounds like a British nuance to me, but not one I've heard before (I'm English).

RE: Correction
By ninjit on 9/18/2007 4:19:35 PM , Rating: 3
NM, I found it; the Oxford English Dictionary website has a switch to change between US and UK entries.

UK entry for "slate (v)" includes:
Brit. informal criticize severely.

So, yes it's a British nuance, and not one that (American) readers would even be able to find in a dictionary, unless they knew specifically to look at UK definitions.

RE: Correction
By Chris Peredun on 9/18/2007 6:36:47 PM , Rating: 2
8. to censure or criticize harshly or violently; scold.

I wrote it without thinking, did a bit of a double-take when I was previewing the article, looked it up, and decided I was correct in using it.

And before anyone asks, I'm not British - I'm Canadian.

RE: Correction
By MoonRocket on 9/19/2007 3:46:16 AM , Rating: 2
I can't wait until all of us non-American English speakers are speaking their brand of sterile boring English. :)

RE: Correction
By sdsdv10 on 9/19/2007 10:11:37 AM , Rating: 2
And before anyone asks, I'm not British - I'm Canadian .

Oh OK, that explains it! ;-)

RE: Correction
By lufoxe on 9/18/2007 4:33:56 PM , Rating: 2
somehow I believe a burn is in order....

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