3G iPhone

prod-hero-blackI am so excited about all the great new features that are coming in the 3G iPhone.  However, there are few things that I would have liked to have seen in this release of the iPhone.  I am very happy that the iPhone is 3G.  I checked AT&T’s coverage map, and I am in the coverage area.  From what I understand there are still some areas that have not been upgraded to support 3G.  AT&T said that they are still upgrading their equipment.  But, don’t fret the new iPhone still will support the EDGE network.  The new iPhone will have Wi-Fi, so if you are next to an access point you will have a faster than EDGE speed connection.

Next on the list is GPS, unfortunately, it is Assisted GPS.  This means that it can rely on cell towers and WiFi access points if needed.  What I am not to clear on is that the iPhone does not support turn-by-turn directions, but it has tracking capabilities.  I’ve heard that Tom-Tom wanted to write an app for the iPhone; consequently, the iPhone SDK states that there cannot be turn-by-turn software for the GPS.  Lets hope that changes really soon.  Maybe Apple wants to stay away from being sued if the person is somehow injured using the GPS.

Apple is now selling the iPhone subsidized.  This means that when you sign your two year contract with AT&T they are paying for a portion of the phone.  The iPhone is $200.00 less than the first generation iPhone.  Apple is no longer receiving a cut of the monthly service plan.  Apple wants to get the iPhone into more hands, and this is a smart move on their part.  AT&T is actually loosing money on every sale. but they are hoping to make up the loss in the subscriptions.

The App Store is finally here.  Now you can have locally running apps on your iPhone.  There are going to be several Apps available at launch, some will be free, and others will have a cost.  There are games for the iPhone as well.  A few of them were demoed at WWDC, and they look outstanding.  I would say that they are as good or even better than the Sony PSP.

Now for the things that I would have liked to have seen on the new iPhone.  I would have liked cut and paste as a feature.  I only hope that it will be in the next release.  I have been using an iPod Touch, and I would find this feature invaluable.  The other thing I wanted to see on the 3G iPhone was a front facing camera for video conferencing.  I saw the screenshots before the WWDC, and I was disappointed that they were only Photoshopped images.

Finally, I was 99.9% certain that Apple would introduce a 32GB iPhone.  It would only be logical to release a larger capacity iPhone with the introduction of the Apps Store.  Well, to my dismay they did not release the 32GB version.  I guess I will just have to be froogle about what I put on the new iPhone.  With my luck in two or three months Apple will release the 32GB iPhone.  I know, I know, I am an early adopter, and this is the price we pay to be the first to get the latest gadgets.

Overall, I am very happy with the features that will be coming out on the new iPhone, and I can’t wait till it’s here.  There are eleven days left till the iPhone 3G is here, and counting.

Latest 3G iPhone Rumor

prod-iphoneAs WWDC approaches the iPhone rumor mill will run a muck. So far we have heard that the new iPhone will be 3G, it will have GPS, oh and it will also drive your car for you. I am kidding about the last statement, but I would not be surprised if that was a rumor as well. This morning I read a Gizmodo article stating a “source very close to the 3G iPhone launch”, said that the iPhone will be announced on June 9th at WWDC. And, that it will be available “worldwide” right after the launch. The prominent rumor is that it will be announced at WWDC, but as far a launch time it has been varying by rumor.

The other rumor which I hope is true, is the subsidization of the iPhone by the carrier. I had posted this on my blog about three weeks ago. According to the Fortune Blog AT&T would subsidize the iPhone by $200.00 when you sign a two year contract. The Gizmodo article also states that the iPhone will not be sold at a fixed price point. As to what exactly this means the article was fairly vague. I guess what they are probably taking about is carrier subsidization. Or, Apple might be releasing more than one iPhone model. This to is another rumor cycling through the rumor mill.

Well until June 9th, all we can do is hope that the rumors are true. If they are this is going to be a great iPhone. Even if some of the rumors are not true, I still think the iPhone will do very well.

3G iPhone at WWDC???

wwdc_macbookI just read an article from macrumors.com regarding the new iPhone. They claim from their sources that the 3G iPhone will be introduced at this years World Wide Developer’s Conference in San Francisco at the Moscone Center. According to their sources the price points will remain the same for the 8GB iPhone at $399.00, and the 16GB iPhone at $499.00. They also mentioned speculation of an unconfirmed 32GB iPhone priced at $599.00. In my opinon, I believe Apple will drop the 8GB iPhone from their line completely, and only produce the 16GB and 32GB models. As for the pricing, I think it would be great if the 16GB iPhone was $399.00, and the 32GB iPhone was $499.00. However, I don’t think they will sell at those price points. I think they will sell for $100.00 more per model respectively. Let’s hope Apple doesn’t drop the price by $200.00 like they did last year. In case they do, I will be buying my new iPhone with my American Express card, so that I can get the full price drop credited back to me. That is what American Express did for their card holders last year when Apple lowered the price. To read the full article at macrumors.com, click here.