It was the big shortcoming of the iPhone, but will Apple have it fixed by early 2008...?
Of course what I’m talking about is 3G – HSDPA to be more exact – and investigative site Appleinsider.com claims we won’t have to wait long to see this gap plugged.
IT writes: “After threatening to drop a large-scale cellular service contract based on concerns that it would lock itself out of a trade-up to the iPhone, a Swedish firm has received assurances from its liaison at the provider that the coveted gadget would arrive as soon as September -- and, startlingly, that a version of the handset with 3G wireless internet access would be in the provider's hands as soon as January of 2008."
As with all rumours we have to take this with a pinch of salt but Appleinsider does have a decent track record. That said, I would be surprised to see Apple undercut its first model so soon after release.
Instead I believe that Apple may delay the iPhone’s arrival outside the US and instead offer a tweaked version to the rest of the world with 3G sometime around Q1 2008. With the more scattered availability of 3G in the US it shouldn’t prove a big omission from v1.0 but it would certainly be an oversight in our markets – and who could resist the lure of iTunes downloads on the move...
Update: Apple aired the first iPhone commercial last night on US television during the Oscars. A teaser, it featured clips from classic movies of film stars saying “Hello” to the device and left me rather underwhelmed but you can judge for yourselves here.