iPhone to ship with surprises?

iPhone to ship with surprises?

Summary: Like a lot of people I bashed the iPhone just after its introduction for having a fixed battery, paltry memory and lack of OTA downloads and iTunes streaming.It turns out that Apple may be pulling their classic under-promise and over-deliver move in a bid to capture a larger share of the mobile phone market and to make a big splash with the iPhone.

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Like a lot of people I bashed the iPhone just after its introduction for having a fixed battery, paltry memory and lack of OTA downloads and iTunes streaming.

It turns out that Apple may be pulling their classic under-promise and over-deliver move in a bid to capture a larger share of the mobile phone market and to make a big splash with the iPhone.

A blogger posted a juicy piece about how Apple will be shipping iPhone with many more features than originally advertised. Vim3 posted yesterday that iPhone will ship with:

  • Substantially larger flash memory
  • User Replaceable Battery
  • Wireless N Support
  • Variations of iWork and iLife
  • iTunes Streaming via Bonjour
  • OTA downloads from the iTunes Store
  • iPhone rebate with 2-year AT&T contract

Sounds a little too good to be true to me. Especially from a free WordPress blog with only one post. But a guy can dream can't he? It's worth reading his descriptions of each of the unannounced features above, but be prepared to be disappointed if they don't come true.

If they do pan out (fingers crossed) pre-announcing a tech gadget as important as the iPhone six months in advance may have its advantages after all. Apple is having us do their R&D for them - for free!

Topics: Apple, iPhone, Mobility

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  • could this be

    a list of version 2 updates? there is a report of a company that supposedly got the contract to manufacture version 2. Maybe this guy got it mixed up and this isn't the first version's features?

    On the other hand, it wouldn't be the first time that we got more then we bargained for from a first announcement. They've released laptops before that got speed bumped just before their ship date...
    rwahrens1952
  • I'm giddy with excitement!!

    I JUST CAN'T WAIT FOR THE IPHONE! IT WILL BE THE GREATEST THING EVER BUILT! I KNOW YOU'VE BEEN ABLE TO GET THE EXACT SAME FUNCTIONALITY FOR YEARS IN OTHER DEVICES BUT NONE OF THOSE HAVE THE MOST IMPORTANT ATTRIBUTE IN THE WORLD: AN APPLE LOGO!!!!11!!one!!1
    NonZealot
    • Are you?

      Apple TV has an Apple LOGO, and that's a piece of crap. Well ok, not a PC of crap,
      but it's not that great at all.

      The iPhone is not just a phone like any other, the only difference being it has an
      Apple LOGO. Firstly it's the first phone it the world to have a web browser worth
      using. Secondly it has a multi-touch touchscreen user interface, which looks like
      the most user-friendly, cool piece of software innovation I've ever seen. Then it
      has loads of other cool features, like a good built-in music player, the important
      word being "good". Then there's the fullscreen video player, and the eMail with in
      line photos and a pop-up soft keypad. And to top it all off it looks cool, and it's
      slim.

      You can get away with just saying it has an Apple LOGO and leave it at that, cause
      it has a hell of a lot more than a bloddy Apple LOGO. The Mighty mouse has an
      Apple LOGO, and that's the worst bloomin' mouse in existence. Get your facts
      straight, and don't use sarcasm to try and fool one single soul.
      Ireland1
      • (Typo)

        I meant to say; "You can't get away with just saying it has an Apple LOGO and leave it
        at that."
        Ireland1
      • I'm not at all surprised

        that you think the list of "features" are all Apple innovations and have never been offered in a phone before considering how the mind of a Mac zealot works.

        I guess it is my imagination that I can use a 3 year old PocketPC based phone to browse the web, listen to music, watch full screen video, check email (WITH ATTACHMENTS!!!!), and have a pop-up keypad. Multi-touch may or may not be a useful feature although it is [b]not[/b] an Apple innovation and it looks extremely gimmicky to me, certainly not worth all the handcuffs that Apple has placed on this phone in order to maximize their profits at the expense of my freedom. Tell you what though, to be fair, the next time I'm looking at a picture on my PocketPC and I feel the need to resize that picture with 2 fingers, I'll buy an iDumbPhone. Deal?
        NonZealot
        • Yu should be surprised

          your 3 year old pocket PC is a dog at surfing the web. The interface is horrific from a
          user-ability stand point and so is the way web pages are rendered. Win Mobile 6 is
          no better. The entire OS is like that crappy flashlight you can buy at the dollar store.

          when will people get that to make an the experience enjoyable and useable you really
          need to make the whole widget and not just assemble parts... it's all about added
          value and the iPhone is chock full of that. If the phone features suck it will still be the
          most bad ass ipod out there...
          panic man
          • Surfing...and you think...

            ...an EDGE-based phone is really going to be any better? Load up any script-laden page and find out how much of a dog it STILL is. The OS can be the best in the world, but if the connectivity stinks all you'll have is a great OS with no place to go. In terms of web access, it's better to wait until ATT finally gets their 3G act together, so Apple can finally build a proper uber-phone.
            flatliner
        • Does everything in the world...

          that [b]isn't[/b] made my Microsoft interfere with your freedom? Must be very
          clautrophobic in your world.
          msalzberg
        • Would that be the phone..

          that doesn't sync with Vista?

          [u]http://blogs.zdnet.com/microsoft/?p=480[/u]
          msalzberg
  • I wouldn't be surprised

    If Apple threw in some, or all of the features noted. It would be classic
    Steve Jobs - maybe he'll announce some of the new features at All
    Things D with Bill Gates sitting beside him.
    Ken_z
  • No, get over streaming

    Streaming is worthless. Nobody but people who want to gripe about Apple ask for
    streaming. iTunes has audio streaming, but considering the bandwith required, it
    was most likely be way too expensive. This is AT&T after all.

    Such a typical set of criticisms of Apple products. You people just don't get what
    Apple products are about. And that's why Steve Jobs keeps getting praise for being
    such a marketing genius while others in the computer industry (and press) never
    figure it out. You think too much like Microsoft.
    ewelch