iPhone 3G coming on July 11

by billso on Monday, 9 June 2008

Apple has unveiled the iPhone 3G, which I had been call­ing iPhone 2.0.

  • The new iPhone will sup­port 3G data con­nec­tions, which should pro­vide faster ser­vice when users can­not access a WiFi net­work. Om Malik thinks that some car­ri­ers, includ­ing AT&T, may not be ready, which I find hard to believe.
  • 11 July 2008 is the first day of sale in the US and sev­eral other coun­tries, with avail­abil­ity in 70 coun­tries by 2009.
  • The new iPhone is slightly thin­ner, so it should fit inside cur­rent cases and accessories.
  • The back of the phone is black plas­tic. Bye-bye, alu­minum metal back.
  • The head­phone jack is no longer recessed, so almost any stan­dard head­phone should work.
  • The US price has been low­ered to $199 for 8GB, $299 for 16GB of RAM. There must be some fac­to­ries in China that are hum­ming with activ­ity this summer.
  • The new iPhone firmware sup­ports Chi­nese char­ac­ter recog­ni­tion.
  • The new iPhone will have true GPS features.
  • Enter­prises will be apple to autho­rize iPhones and to write enter­prise appli­ca­tions that are restricted to com­pany phones.
  • The iPhone 3G will work with Microsoft Exchange 2003 and 2007 servers.
  • The .mac email and file shar­ing ser­vice has been renamed to MobileMe, and given bet­ter com­pat­i­bil­ity with Win­dows machines
  • Steve Jobs claims the iPhone 3G will have decent bat­tery life, with 300 hours of standby time, 10 hours of 2G voice, 5 hours of 3G voice, and about 6 hours of web browsing.

Engad­get has a live tran­script of the announce­ment. I enjoyed read­ing BoingBoing’s satir­i­cal ver­sion, writ­ten as a Greek drama.

Om Malik has a recap that focuses on the enter­tain­ment and social net­work­ing apps and sites for the new iPhone.

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  • http://billso.com billso

    This explainer from Giz­modo is the best I’ve seen this week. Good resource if you’ve got ques­tions about the iPhone 3G, fea­tures, or the sales process.

  • http://billso.com billso

    Inter­est­ing news about an iPhone ebook reader, cour­tesy of James Kendrick.

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