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Will There Be A 3G Apple iPhone This June?

Jul 19, 2008
This is probably the most widely leaked secret in the IT community - there will be an Apple iPhone 3G released this June. We've had confirmations from the hardware specifications released by VodaPhone for Italy.

So what does this 3G mean and why wasn't the Apple iPhone a 3G in the first place?

The meaning of 3G is "3rd Generation". These types of devices can use one of two data protocols of competing cellular phones,and allows them to download at speeds of about half what a DSL line gives for downloads, and almost equal speeds for uploading. There are only assumptions as to whether or not the 3.5 generation protocol HSDPA will be picked up by Apple iPhone 3G.

So where does all this speculation come from. Well, it is based on a lot of European information, HSDPA is the dominant standard there. VodaPhone and StarOn use HSDPA networks. Since April however, press releases announced a 3G Apple iPhone on the Internet. Walter Mossberg of the Wall Street Journal stated, "A 3G Apple iPhone is guaranteed to happen in the next three months" in a round robin press conference that occured back in April.

The interesting question to ask is this: Apple plays their industrial design secrets close to their chest; we already know the Apple iPhone in a 3G configuration is supposed to be slimmer (about 3 mm), and of course, it'll have a faster data access.

But where's Apple's vaunted secrecy? When the iPhone launched last year, all the journalists had to sign non-disclosure agreements before they could see the hardware. If Mossberg can talk about 3G connectivity on the Apple iPhone, what new tricks does Apple have that he's not allowed to talk about?

There is a range of speculation from the 3G Apple iPhone having built in GPS capabilities, to new software, this software stemming from the Software Development Kit, this being released last February. Also there are some speculations about graphic acceleration. (Apple on the other hand has publicly released announcements about integrating with Microsoft Exchange-driven "push" email, the major competitive advantage that Research In Motion's Blackberry has.)

This summer is the marked time span for the release of an 8MB and 16MB iPhone well so it have been announced - some hardware experts, mention of the success of the MacBook Air will be made, that this may be a red herring, and the 3G Apple iPhone may have a higher amount of Flash RAM.

The battery life is the one thing that is sure to remain unchanged. Though it is a let down for Apple iPhone fanatics we cannot expect much of a change; the facts are obvious, the 3G Apple iPhone is thinner and has a more powerful radio. This will prevent an expansion of the battery capacity the size that is, and its powerful radio will consume even more juice.
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