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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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Apple on Orange Action...
By tech4tac on 9/19/2007 3:17:18 AM , Rating: 2
Apple in the UK! Does this mean we'll finally be seeing Apple on Orange (UK) action?

On a more serious note, I doubt that the real reason Apple excluded 3G from its iPhone had anything remotely to do with battery life. For a device promoting so many other (i.e. non-phone) battery hungry functionality and a non-user replaceable battery, it's just hard to believe. More likely, it was due to the iPhone being released and targeted towards an American market where 3G is still in its infancy. Why spend more money and research on a technology when the majority of your target audience will never use or no the difference.

"They'll still pay $599 for it so why bother. Well just tell the press it's because of battery life... yes that'll do... And they'll tell the consumer for us."

Overseas its a different story. Apple needs 3G to seriously compete. Hence a 3G announcement in the UK and not USA. This also gives Apple time to develop a proper world phone where it's needed and, in the mean time, still sell a boat load.

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