iPhone 2.0 Overview

27 05 2008

This blog post will be as much an informatory piece as much as it is predictory and opinionated.  It contains all the information I think FryBlog readers will appreciate and take into account as we all follow the multitude of rumors and theories running around the internet.  I have procrastinated this post for a while, and although people have continually asked for my predictions, I wanted to wait for the right time to reveal them.

AT&T has announced that it will complete a US rollout of its HSUPA 3G service by the end of June. We’re guessing that a little bird from Cupertino might have made its way to AT&T, pushing them along. Hmmm, now some of you who have been following the iPhone since its release might find this scenario familiar: do you remember AT&T boosting EDGE speeds last year on the iPhone’s launch date?

The new network proposes speeds of 1.4 Mbps down and 800Kbps up, which AT&T claims “will be as speedy as logging onto the high speed Internet service that many consumers enjoy at home”.  The only thing I can say is that I pity those who enjoy internet at those speeds…

In the latest build of the iPhone 2.0 software, Apple has added a system wide “Location Service”, and you can choose whether you want to let the camera application to add positional data to your photos.  Geotagging on the iPhone is a very plausible new feature, would intergrate with “Maps” and “Camera” very well.  Apple doesn’t reveal
whether this will be done by GPS (Another plausible new feature) or by the iPhone’s current triangulation methods. What it does mean, though, is that geotagging is about to break big for mobile users with the iPhone.

The iPhone 2’s worldwide release is scheduled for June 9, not surprising me, as it is also the scheduled date for Steve Jobs’ WWDC keynote.

Rumored New Features-
GPS
2 Cameras (1 on front, 1 on back)
3G (duh)
Skype/AIM
Geotagging
Larger screen
higher resolution
more gestures
much more to be added tomorrow


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