Apple announces iPhone 3G; firmware 2.0

Apple announces iPhone 3G; firmware 2.0

Summary: As was widely expected, Apple today announced the iPhone 3G and formally demonstrated the new features coming in the iPhone 2.0 firmware update.


Apple announces iPhone 3G

As was widely expected, Apple today announced the iPhone 3G and formally demonstrated the new features coming in the iPhone 2.0 firmware update. Both will be available beginning on 11 July 2008:iPhone 3G features:

  • 3G data that is 2.8 times faster than EDGE
  • Microsoft Exchange support
  • Maps with GPS
  • App Store for browsing and downloading applications
  • The phone itself is thinner
  • Black plastic rear panel
  • Flush headphone jack
  • Price drop: 8GB - US$199, 16GB -$299
  • The 16GB model will also be available in white
  • Shipping in 22 countries on July 11

iPhone firmware 2.0 features:

  • Push email
  • Push contacts
  • Push calendar
  • Auto-discovery
  • Global address look-up
  • Remote wipe
  • WPA/WPA2 Enterprise wireless
  • 802.1x authentication
  • LEAP, PEAPv0, PEAPv1
  • Contact search with live searching
  • Full iWork document support
  • Complete support for Office documents (Word, Excel, and now PowerPoint)
  • Bulk delete & move for messages
  • Ability to save received images
  • New calculator with scientific mode when you rotate the iPhone
  • Parental controls
  • Temendous language support
  • Asian language support, including character recognition
  • iPhone 2.0 will be available in early July
  • Free for original iPhone owners
  • US$9.99 for iPod Touch owners

Much to the dismay of people that got excited about purportedly "leaked" photos over the weekend, the iPhone 3G doesn't have a forward-facing camera (for video chat) nor does it appear to have a dedicated iChat/IM application – although that could changes.

There are still several iPhone 3G-related questions that still remain unanswered. Like will there be an application for Safari password storage like a mobile keychain? Also, there was no mention of cut and paste in iPhone 2.0.

If you know the answer to any of the above questions, post them in the TalkBack below!

Topics: Wi-Fi, Apple, Hardware, iPhone, Mobility, Networking, Software

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  • 3G iPhone

    If I upgrade from my current iPhone to the new
    3G iPhone, what happens to my current (EDGE) iPhone? Can I
    still use it as a video iPod if there is no SIM card in it? And
    access email and the web on WiFi networks?
  • one word

  • RE: Apple announces iPhone 3G; firmware 2.0

    how many of the 2.0 features will make it to the iPod touch?
    • It's a safe bet

      that any not phone related will also apply to the touch.
  • You should note..

    the iPhone 3G is not thinner, and is not making that claim.
    It's thinner at the edges. At it's thickest, it's actually a
    massive .02" thicker.
    • Wish you had preview...

      "and [b]Apple[/b] is not making that claim."
  • ...truth be told...disappointed.

    I'm actually quite underwhelmed by today. I didn't expect every rumor to end up as fact but if all I''m going to get is GPS, 3G and native apps (not anything special if you've got a jailbroken phone) then its a nobrainer - I'm waiting until version 3 to replace my v1, unless of course Apple software updates start breaking my jailbroken phone. I'm not a big fan of the Windows Mobile OS (especially the UI) but their handsets do seem to offer more features - granted usually a feature of the hardware not the software.

    Where's cut & paste, MMS, saving pics from the web, etc...
    • generation gap

      ((( "...I'm waiting until version 3 to
      replace my v1..." )))

      I think that's a smart move. I've
      bought three iPods for myself over
      the years: generations 2, 4, and 6.
      The middle generations always
      seemed underwhelming in
      comparison to the previous
      iteration. I'll upgrade my iPhone
      when version 3 rolls around as
  • RE: Apple announces iPhone 3G; firmware 2.0

    Wow! And to think my phone has had 3G for years now! Meh, still doesn't make me want to have an iphone considering my current one does most of what the iphone does, and its still cheaper than the $199 phone.
    Loverock Davidson
    • Wow, For Once I Agree With You

      The pricing for the plans is over $20 a month extra for what I'm paying on a Tilt, plus I get native Office support, three instant messengers, plus I have Opera Mobile on my Tilt, which I absolutely love.

      Like I said before, you just lost an IPhone customer.
    • Interesting

      that you felt defensive enough about not buying and iPhone you
      felt compelled to tell the rest of us why.
    • Can only be activated in store - no cheap jailbreak

      If you want to jailbreak, you have to activate in store on 2 year contract and then break for $175 to use on T-Mobile for instance.

      Beware of AT&T!
      Question everything
  • The OOO's, the AHH's, the thunderous APPLAUSE..

    ...started WELL before he actually announced what the new product was! The Man is a Jesus.
    Feldwebel Wolfenstool
  • To-do lists?

    I've held off of the iPhone for a couple of reasons (despite
    being an avid Mac user). One reason has been the lack of
    native To-do lists - I wonder if this will be resolved now and
    whether update support will be provided by MobileMe...
  • RE: Apple announces iPhone 3G; firmware 2.0

    LOL - I love how people defend their phones for
    having 3G for years, this feature, that feature, etc.
    This phone will wipe up the floor with your crusty,
    antiquated POS, because it will be able to do so
    MUCH more. The App store and the army of OS X
    developers, combined with the ease of use,
  • RE: Apple announces iPhone 3G; firmware 2.0

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