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Rumors: A new iPhone, a 3G netbook and more

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AT&T iPhone rumorsThey can’t tell us “where or who, but [someone] pretty high up at AT&T’s food chain” decided to spill the beans on the next iPhone, which is, wait for the big shock…better, faster, stronger, complete with more hand gestures. Okay, I added that last part, but it’s true. So, here are the unaltered details straight from the source:

  • New iPhone announcement around mid-June (duh)
  • New iPhone will be faster and have a more seamless experience unmatched by any device (could be just talking about 3.0, but we think it’s also a new iPhone)
  • U-Verse iPhone application; will allow control of your home DVR (play, pause, rewind, etc.)
  • The annual iPhone launch is “becoming a tradition.”
  • Nothing official is being confirmed, but they said that people should prep for an exciting time this summer.
  • AT&T is said to be working with Apple to create a unified product with an unparalleled experience across all their products and services.
  • Apple’s 3.0 software should tell us where the iPhone platform is going… uh, k?
  • They said customers shouldn’t need to choose from AT&T’s high-end devices because of features, they should choose based on preferences. The gap in capability should be filled with the new iPhone. Ok, bets on slide out QWERTY, autofocus camera, video sharing, blah blah?
  • Seems like the higher speed HSDPA (7.2Mbps) is being hinted at too which should confirm the earlier rumors of the new Infineon chipset.
  • The $99 3G netbook will start selling this summer, and the first one won’t be a Windows OS.

Believe it? I personally don’t see why not. None of this is all that surprising. The bit about the annual iPhone upgrade being a tradition is an obvious observation, not a rumor. And to keep the original iPhone users under contract, they have to provide a device this summer that is a significant enough upgrade for them to renew. We’ve also been hearing a lot about the possibility of AT&T upgrading their network, which could be part of the reason the 10MB podcast over the air download limit will be lifted from iPhone OS 3.0.

In fact the only really surprising part of this rumor cluster is the last point. A $99 3G netbook presumably from Apple, though it doesn’t explicitly state this. And technically it’s incorrect; there are a ton of netbooks that run Linux, none of which are Windows OSs.

Assuming this part is true, is this the right direction for Apple? More dependance on cell providers like AT&T? I personally don’t like it. There’s nothing wrong with including an ExpressCard slot or a number of USB ports to allow for a 3G card from any provider on a netbook. I hate the idea of being tied down to one carrier, and I hate the idea of a monthly fee to use my computer. Is wireless internet everywhere a good thing? Yes, but I don’t want to be forced into paying it. I hope this rumor is wrong, and I want to know your perspective, so leave a comment.

I just love the way the rumor ends at Boy Genius; “For clarification, the above is 100% confirmed.” So there you have it, the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

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  • stefn

    Really the $99 netbook is simply the inevitable shift to subsidized pricing, like the iPhone (and all phones historically), finally brought to the computer area. Partnered with AT&T, Apple can offer a “MacCloud” netbook subsidized with a service contract for 3G, like the Kindle. Say, $300 a year for three years for a base plan. Imagine how many years it would be paying service fees, given the longevity of Apple products.

    Jobs said Apple won’t produce a junky netbook. Great. But the $199 iPhone isn’t junk; it’s simply employs subsidized pricing to produce a great Mac at a very low price. In fact, this netbook is the Mac that all the Apple design vectors (lighter, smaller, thinner, safer, simpler) have been pointing at for years. The “MacCloud” can run the iPhone OS. Now that’s a computer for the rest of us: Simple, useful, uncrashable, highly secure.

    Better than the Kindle, the MacCloud can connect to MobileMe. (I’m already paying for it.) So our files are available all the time with 3G/MobileMe. Again, simple, secure backup for the masses. It’s all the Mac most of us would ever need. It’s a complete, untethered iPod, with its information, communications tools, plus video conferencing perhaps.

    And it’s a monster moneymaker. The MacCloud would be a purchasing machine for video, music, need I say software?, and services like banking and investing. All of which Apple can make money on.

    And money is the ultimate content stream. Be my guest, Apple, just get me that netbook!

  • James

    Quite frankly what is hindering the iPhone the most is AT&Ts;crappy service. Dropped calls, slow 3G speeds and poor signal strength are the only things I can't stand about my iPhone and that is not Apple's fault. I think it is time for Apple to open their platform up to some competition.

  • Ben

    @James

    That is not true across the board though. I know many people with an iphone that enjoy fantastic service. I also know many people that would never use T-mobile because of "crappy service", but in my area T-mobile is GREAT and I love it. So I don't know if it's what is "hindering" the iphone.

    The idea about branching to new platforms other that AT&T, have to say I love that part… especially after 2 years of being around…

  • Leeum

    apple are not going to put a QWERTY keyboard on an iphone.. ever.. defeats the point of the iphone, the touch screen! i love the touch keyboard so much better that i will ever love QWERTY i dont know why people want it so much.. and we probs wont have to pay an extra fee or put another card into the netbook, because 3.0 has bluetooth tethering! yay! maybe our phones and our computers will auto-detect each-other and tether when there is no wifi? unless of course we have to pay an extra fee on-top of our phone bills for the tethering option.. that would suuuck