Steve Jobs confirms that a 3G iPhone will be coming in 2008

Steve Jobs confirms that a 3G iPhone will be coming in 2008

Summary: It is pretty obvious that Apple is working on future iPhone models and there has been lots of speculation that a 3G model would be released in Europe this year. However, as confirmed by the O2 UK iPhone announcement from earlier today the first European model will also be 2.5G (EDGE) just like the U.S. model. Upon further questioning at the UK announcement, Jobs did confirm that a 3G model will be released before the end of 2008. He also stated that the reason 3G was not included in the first iPhone was the battery drain users would experience with the 3G radio. Honestly, as much as 3G would be nice on the iPhone I agree with the compromise Apple made for the first edition, especially given the fact that the iPhone battery is non-removable. If they had used a removable battery then they could have included a 3G radio, like Windows Mobile and S60 devices.

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Apple iPhone is backIt is pretty obvious that Apple is working on future iPhone models and there has been lots of speculation that a 3G model would be released in Europe this year. However, as confirmed by the O2 UK iPhone announcement from earlier today the first European model will also be 2.5G (EDGE) just like the U.S. model. Upon further questioning at the UK announcement, Jobs did confirm that a 3G model will be released before the end of 2008. He also stated that the reason 3G was not included in the first iPhone was the battery drain users would experience with the 3G radio. Honestly, as much as 3G would be nice on the iPhone I agree with the compromise Apple made for the first edition, especially given the fact that the iPhone battery is non-removable. If they had used a removable battery then they could have included a 3G radio, like Windows Mobile and S60 devices.

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  • No doubt they've built experimental 3G models already

    How else would they know about the power issues.

    I expect that Apple is ready to release a 3G model as soon as the power efficiencies
    meet their standard. If you really want to predict the release, you should keep an eye
    on the developments 3G chips.
    YinToYourYang-22527499
  • Battery life excuse is a crock

    Why is it that most other phone manufacturers can make 3G capable phones with no battery life issues? The battery life excuse is wearing a little thin now.
    Apple made a bad choice with the US version. They failed to understand the mobile market and figured everyone would simply use WiFi instead (much like a UMPC), however this wasn't the case. The mobile data network is important as it gives the device TRUE mobility (unlike WiFi).
    Now we have the situation where Apple are trying to get the UK version into the shops before Christmas, and they simply do not have the time to produce the newer 3G model, thus O2 are deploying EDGE across their mobile network to accomodate the iPhone.

    When will Apple learn?

    The UK market is already saturated with 3G enabled phones. The '3' network is 3G only, with handsets capable of video calling, streaming video OTA, TV / film on demand to the handset. WHY would people want to go backwards as far as OTA mobile data applications?

    I suspect there is a design issue which is really causing the problem with 3G. Obviously something Apple needs to iron out...
    Scrat
    • Not a design issue ... a vendor issue.

      AT&T doesn't have sufficient 3G coverage to make a 3G iPhone useful for customers today. VerizonWireless has sufficient 3G coverage and no battery problems but they wouldn't relinquish control over content to Apple so they couldn't strike a deal!
      M Wagner
      • First Intelligent Observation Yet

        Thank you!
        Charlie.Moran@...
    • Battery issue is a fact

      I use a Nokia E60 and I can say that the 3G chip really DOES influence badly on battery
      life. It really drains the battery dry. I can turn off the chip and use the phone normally
      for prolly days. If I have the 3G chip turned on the phone can operate about 24 hours.
      And that's without a single phone call. (Gotta note that the network is in use pretty
      much 'cause I've got push email and IM on all through the day).

      But 3G chip using much more battery than EDGE is a FACT.
      vmaatta
      • Could be power management

        I have a MotoQ that dies if left on overnight. I have an iPhone
        that lasts for a couple days. I went to a conference where I
        requested a battery swap with the Moto people. They said
        that they had already run out.
        warren@...
  • One problem with relying on a single source...

    is that if the source is wrong, your article is wrong.
    Here's the full quote from Steve Jobs:

    ""We've got to see the battery lives for 3G get back up
    into the 5+ hour range," he said. "Hopefully we'll see
    that late next year.""

    The source you used left out the word "hopefully," and
    completely changed the meaning of what he said.

    He absolutely did not "confirm" a 3G iPhone for next
    year.
    msalzberg
  • iPhone should be thicker, with larger, removable battery (NT)

    NT
    jayk_z
    • I wonder how much battery life is sacrificed ...

      by the space taken up by a swappable receptacle?

      I would much rather have a thin phone with an external spare
      that plugs in through the dock connector.
      warren@...