Walt Mossberg: 3G iPhone, t-minus 60 days


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Wow. With so much 3G iPhone noise of late, there's bound to be some truth right? Let's refresh, we have 10 million new orders being picked up, shortages in the current generation, a CEO claiming that 3G is coming, and a supposed 3G iPhone in the wild. And to add to that pile of 3G whispers/leaks/reports/rumors/spyshots , we have Walt Mossberg (per AppleInsider), of infinite access and 10 lifetimes of tech wisdom, claiming that the 3G iPhone is coming soon. Real soon. As in 60 days soon.

And usually if Walt Mossberg reports it, my money is with him. But less than 60 days? Which would make the deadline...May 24th? That's a pretty bold prediction considering it would fall right before WWDC (June 9-13), the 2.0 firmware update (Late June) and the iPhone's first birthday (June 29). A 3G iPhone released pre-June would steal all the spotlight away from those events.

What do you guys think? Will the 3G iPhone be available before the June festivities or just merely announced? Has Ol' Walt gone a little reckless in his old age? When will the 3G iPhone come out and what will YOU do with your current iPhone?

(Walt Mossberg drops his 3G bomb around the 6 minute 50 second mark)

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Walt Mossberg: 3G iPhone, t-minus 60 days


If asked to guess I would have said 2.0 software = 3G software, but there's no real reason for that I suppose. 3G could easily be rolled into a 1.x release. It even makes some sort of sense to have the next gen hardware out before the SDK comes out of beta. Walt seems to be very sure of this.

Sounds too soon, but Uncle Walt is the Mac Daddy of Journo.
Will it be Chad's Vader-looking version?
(I love it when meme's come together...)

Dont forget good ol Walt also said last year we'd have flash within months of the iPhones release.... So obviously he's not always right.

also don't forget that EDGE is going to get a speed boost to low-end 3G speeds (600kbps)... this seems to be more likely than Apple introducing a whole new iPhone soon.
The iPhone is still going to be sluggish compared to other phones with EVDO Rev A... at least with boosted EDGE it will be fast enough to load most websites in under 30 seconds. I wonder if that will be good enough.

[quote=Draiko;1429480]also don't forget that EDGE is going to get a speed boost to low-end 3G speeds (600kbps)... this seems to be more likely than Apple introducing a whole new iPhone soon...
Source? How soon? System-wide? A 600kbs EDGE connection would be adequate for most needs short of streaming video, and I'm sure less expensive than full on 3g (if you leave it up to AT&T).

Where does it even say that existing phones would be able to take advantage of the speed increase? I doubt that.