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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: Jobs is a Hero!
By TomZ on 9/18/2007 3:20:38 PM , Rating: 4
I'm not really anti-Apple, it's just that poking fun at their "adventures" is too much fun to resist. They're like the noobs that just arrived on the scene for the first time making beginner mistakes.

With more than 200M 3G subscribers globally, and with 3G networks having been deployed in Asia in 2001 and Europe in 2003, 3G is hardly tomorrow's technology. For a so-called "cutting edge" large-LCD to be lacking 3G is a pretty major shortcoming. Sure not all handsets would benefit from 3G, but the iPhone surely would.

RE: Jobs is a Hero!
By Vanilla Thunder on 9/18/2007 3:33:46 PM , Rating: 4
I'm not really anti-Apple

This is too much fun to resist. You have to be kidding. Every apple article on this website is littered with you complaining about apple. I don't take it personally, or hold it against you, but I also call 'em like I see 'em.
You sir, are an apple hater.


RE: Jobs is a Hero!
By TomZ on 9/18/2007 4:14:11 PM , Rating: 1
Nah, I'm not an Apple hater. I just prefer products that actually work. :o)


Seriously, I don't care about them one way or the other. As I said, I find commenting about their follies irresistable, especially their recent blunders. I don't think I would choose to own an Apple product, but that has more to do with the attributes/limitations of the product itself rather than the company that produced it. For example, I bought a Samsung PMP instead of an iPod or a Sony because I don't appreciate the lock-em-up approach both those companies take (although Sony has recently seen the light). I could make a list if you like...

RE: Jobs is a Hero!
By yangyoning on 9/19/2007 12:16:26 AM , Rating: 2
Truly indeed..

RE: Jobs is a Hero!
By kelmon on 9/19/2007 4:43:20 AM , Rating: 2
I'm more interested to know whether what Steve said was correct - do current 3G phones have a bad battery life? If so (and I honestly have no idea if it is or not) then surely the statements are justified.

"My sex life is pretty good" -- Steve Jobs' random musings during the 2010 D8 conference
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