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iPhone 2.0 - 3G Settings!

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We all know it's coming. Steve Jobs said so. AT&T said so. Everyone and their blog has posted so. But it's still super sweet to see Apple code confirming it!

Apple Insider (via Chronic Productions) brings word that deep delving the latest iPhone SDK firmware has yet again revealed buried treasure. This time, Beta 5 gives up the strings for 3G:

Most notable is a setting that will allow users of the second-generation iPhone -- expected for an unveiling sometime in the coming weeks -- to disable 3G access in favor of prolonging the handset's battery life. "Using 3G loads data faster, but decreases battery life," reads a caption beneath the setting toggle.

The ability to toggle 3G data on and off -- in other words, manually handle the transition -- is an interesting decision for Apple, and one they're squarely labeling the blame for on battery life.

Is this a way to cover still poorer-than-needed power efficiency on the 3G chipset? Something that may annoy users? A beta feature for people testing the mythical 3G right now inside Apple? Something that might not survive to the release version?

My guess is yes to all the above. What do you think?

Rene Ritchie

Editor-in-Chief of iMore, co-host of Iterate, Debug, Review, The TV Show, Vector, ZEN & TECH, and MacBreak Weekly podcasts. Cook, grappler, photon wrangler. Follow him on Twitter and Google+.

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There are 8 comments. Add yours.

Dieter Bohn says:

Unless Apple can do more radio managment ninjary than I believe is even possible, I hope they leave the toggle option there. It's very nice to have on WinMo.

Douchey McGee says:

What is this WinMo you speak of?

Rene Ritchie says:

Maybe trinary options? Off/Auto/On, whereby Auto Apple tries to manage it as automagically as possible (on for high-bandwidth content like media, off for low-bandwidth content like text?
No, wait, that's too many options, isn't it? :)

Bad Ash says:

By WinMo he means Windows Mobile. There is a option on Windows Mobile devices to shut off 3g.

Cliff says:

Who says "on" doesn't mean "auto?"

AK says:

iPhone can't compete with BlackBerrys radio and battery management..

Rene Ritchie says:

@Cliff
Good point!
@AK
If by "can't compete" you mean "had Mobile OS X rather than outdated Java-based mini-OS" than we agree :)