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3G iPhone Going Into Production In May 269

A few folks noted the rumor mill churning over 3G iPhones coming soon. Apparently they might be going into production as early as May, and announced somewhere in the 2nd quarter. Hopefully they manage to stick a GPS and another 16 gigs of memory in this one.
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3G iPhone Going Into Production In May

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 31, 2008 @09:02AM (#22920118)
    A few folks noted the rumor mill churning over 3G iPhones coming soon.

    But my iPhone already has 8 gigs!
  • by Big Frank ( 921537 ) on Monday March 31, 2008 @09:06AM (#22920144) Homepage
    If it did, I'd buy it at any cost!
    • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

      I just want ads blocked on my iphone. I tried editing the hosts file on my iphone, but it didn't work. Any suggestions? I need a solution on the iphone itself that will work anywhere.
  • day early? (Score:4, Funny)

    by Tom ( 822 ) on Monday March 31, 2008 @09:13AM (#22920204) Homepage Journal
    Isn't this a day early?
  • WishList (Score:3, Interesting)

    by pinkocommie ( 696223 ) on Monday March 31, 2008 @09:27AM (#22920322)
    1. AutoFocus/Flash for the Camera
    2. 3G
    3. GPS
    and I'm set, getting rid of a bunch of electronics for just one device :D
    What else do you guys think could be added?
    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by Kostya ( 1146 )
      I'm with you on the camera. My iPhone has become my primary camera just because it's always with me--even though the quality sucks. If they could boost the resolution, get the focus and color quality a little better, add a flash--all of that would be really nice. What I would really dig is if you could shoot quicktime with it. All of my point-n-shoot digital cameras shot video in quicktime. I'm really surprised the iPhone doesn't shoot any kind of video (even the little 15-30 second clips).

      I know everyo
      • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

        by TheRaven64 ( 641858 )

        I know everyone complains about EDGE, but I hope the 3G layers on top of the EDGE support. You can get EDGE just about anywhere--even if it is dog slow. Sometimes that's really handy.

        Maybe in the USA, but not elsewhere. Most of Europe skipped EDGE and went straight to UMTS and is now moving to HSDPA. In the UK, O2 (who got the exclusive deal for the iPhone) quickly rushed out EDGE in London, but not anywhere else, meaning that the iPhone has to fall back to GPRS in most of the country. My current phone support UMTS and the network has pretty good coverage - I only occasionally have to fall back to using GPRS, and I really notice the different (50KB/s downloads with 200ms ping times

        • by Kostya ( 1146 )

          The horrendously crippled bluetooth stack on the iPhone doesn't support this, however.

          Gosh, I had forgotten all about that ;-) I had originally hoped to use my iPhone to connect my MacBook to the internet while roaming about. There turned out to be no way to do it. But in the end, I stopped taking my MacBook around with me so much, as I could just about everything I really needed with my iPhone. Any time I needed my MacBook, I almost was always near Wifi ... so I guess I just forgot about the problem fo

      • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

        by Maserati ( 8679 )
        The next app I want to see for the iPhone is going to be one that fully controls all the possible camera settings, f-stop, exposure time, light levels, color balance, etc. I don't know how much control the camera in the current iPhones has, but at some point in its development I want full control over every fiddly little parameter on the camera. Presets for outdoors, presets for indoors, presets for taking great shots in a stadium environment... it'd be grand.
  • With that much extra memory on top of how much it already has it'll have way more memory than my desktop machine (8x or more). They're not trying to make the iPhone interesting for Microsoft developers and adding a version of Boot Camp to it, are they? Even with 16GB+ I'm not sure I'd want to try and run Vista on an iPhone.
  • FCC approval ? (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Builder ( 103701 ) on Monday March 31, 2008 @10:03AM (#22920662)
    Has anyone seen an FCC approval filing for this yet ?

    Surely since they had to pre-announce the first iPhone to protect against the FCC announcing it for them, we could expect to see a similar request before a 3G iPhone comes into being ?
  • Does this mean we can finally get iPhones in the AT&T-less hinterlands of Vermont. AT&T doesn't operate any towers in the state, so they won't let you open an account with a Vermont address. I think Alaska is in the same boat.
    • AT&T just bought CellularOne so it's here. AT&T Alaskcom has always been the dominant bulk microwave carrier but now they're dribbling their especial brand of incompetence to individuals.

      In the market for a new phone and really not impressed with the various Treos, I picked up an iPhone. Great phone, finally a decent interface. A few major annoyances like the inability to sync notes from an OS X machine (???).

      Too bad AT&T couldn't figure out how to keep both the iPhone and my wife's L6 runn

      • by Mercano ( 826132 )
        Must have been an old article I was reading then. So, this makes Vermont the only state without iPhone service and the only state that President Bush hasn't visited while in office. Guess which one I'm broken up about. (Hint: it doesn't rhyme with "smush.")
  • by jmichaelg ( 148257 ) on Monday March 31, 2008 @10:54AM (#22921136) Journal
    Forget 3G. I'm curious if it'll have Michael Uy's Fly Eye Camera []. The patent is a couple of years old. I wonder if Apple is just sitting on the patent or if they're actively developing it.

    A key benefit of the camera is if you're on a video conference, your image will be looking straight at the camera instead of off screen.
  • who cares? (Score:3, Informative)

    by nguy ( 1207026 ) on Monday March 31, 2008 @11:37AM (#22921638)
    I already have a 3.5G phone with a full WebKit-based browser, multi-tasking, and full programmability. It has a standard USB modem, GPS, a full Bluetooth stack, and tons of software. I can use as a tethered modem, via Bluetooth, and even use it as a WiFi access point using 3.5G for Internet access.

    The iPhone has crippled software, crippled hardware, and crippled contracts. There is no reason on earth to buy one.
  • by sco_robinso ( 749990 ) on Monday March 31, 2008 @11:59AM (#22921940)
    Perhaps this will be what it takes to bring the phone into Canada? 2 of our 3 major providers are 3G (Telus, Bell), so it the 3G iPhone would make perfect sense as a starting point for a Canadian release.

    It's almost cruel how little Apple has said about a Canadian release (nothing). They haven't even hinted, nor have Telus, Bell, or Rogers. Only recently have we gotten a sign a 'something' in that there's a "French - Canadian" language seeting in the new 2.0 software.

    Sigh, I'll keep waiting.
    • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

      by brunes69 ( 86786 )
      Rogers has HSPDA rolled out in many major centres already and is going to be doing so at a rapid rate this year.
  • If you search through the various Apple/iPhone forums, you'll find something that users
    are particularly annoyed at : speakerphone mode, and the speaker in general. One of the major
    problems is that its maximum volume is abysmally low. How hard is it or how much cost does
    it take to put in a beefier microspeaker? Probably next to nothing. Are they trying to save
    a few pennies? I'd like something ala the Qtek 9000. Not only does this thing have stereo sound []
    but it has about everything but the kitchen sink.

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