They 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.