iPhone 3G Announced, Available July 11th

Posted by Chris Leckness on Jun 09, 2008

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Today at WWDC, Apple finally “officially” announced the 3G iPhone. This version will come in 2 sizes and comes in at a very good price. The 8gb version is available only in black and will only cost $199 and the 16gb version will come in black and white and will run $299. Those great prices leave some question out there… Just how much was the early adopters fee for the initial iPhone? How much profit did Apple gobble up. It doesn’t really matter, we paid it anyhow, myself included.

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What’s new in the 3G iPhone? Well, there are very few changes besides the 3G, but those few changes are very welcome changes.

  • 3G Data
  • Flush Headphone Jack
  • Improved Audio
  • GPS

Did I miss anything? Maybe I did, sorry if that is the case. I am happy to see the flush headphone jack. Sure, the couple converters I tried work fine, but I don’t want to have to use them. That is what pisses me off with most of the Windows Mobile phones out there.

In addition, iPhone 2.0 Software will address many of the other issues that some of us didn’t go for in the 1st offering. I don’t see anything in there for stereo bluetooth support, but I do know that native exchange server support is coming in 2.0. That is something that is very important to me.

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Chris Leckness is a Microsoft MVP, Mobile Devices and a member of the exclusive focus group, Mobius. Chris has been a big time supporter/user of Windows Mobile since the Dell Axim days when it was Pocket PC 2002. Chris loves Zune, but also owns 3 iPhones too. His personal blog is chris.leckness.com.

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  • paulcb

    Any more detail on the GPS? I assume the GPS receiver is built-in and we can load 3rd party maps? Or will we have to download maps as we go, thus needing a real time connection for GPS?

  • Zealot

    I was really surprised there was not a typical Jobsian surprise in the end. The new iPhone, while certain to please the faithful due to the long leaked 3G and bring in new users with the lower price point, seems to be lacking the “wow factor” pop of the first one.

    Also and totally OT, Steve looks very thin and ill on stage which makes me very concerned for him. I wish him well against an adversary that make MS and Google combined look like pushovers.

  • http://www.umpcgeek.com Brian

    I find myself wanting one of these in the worst way, but 90% of my PocketPC usage is for 3 activities:
    1) Push email support from my company (mega corp that may never extend iPhone support)
    2) Tethered data usage for which I pay extra and we have heard nothing about this option (I doubt it’s coming)
    3) eBook reading – I have hope that ereader will release an iPhone client

    I think the new phone is a great platform for lots of folks, but it doesn’t look like there will be one in my future any time soon.

  • Zealot

    I agree with Brian completely about 1 and 3. Without Outlook Mobile and iSilo, the usefulness of my phone drops massively.

    The 3G iPhone looks like it is an even greater consumer product then the original but as for the Enterprise market, I think Apple is underestimating just how reluctant most IT depts are to allow Apple products on their networks in large numbers.

  • Jerry

    It’s bye-bye Windows Mobile after 7+ long years! :P

  • http://www.mobilegadgetnews.com the undude

    the price is right for consumers. the iphone 2.0 is the new Razr for 2008.

  • Jerry

    [quote] Without Outlook Mobile and iSilo, the usefulness of my phone drops massively.[/quote]

    Umm…you do know that the iPhone will be compatible with Exchange Sync? You also know that the current iPhone syncs contacts and calendar with Outlook on the PC?

    As for an eBook reader, I guarantee you one (or more) will be available soon. The device is too nice a book-style reader not to have one.

  • http://www.umpcgeek.com Brian

    Jerry, I would love to say the same. I’ve been a Windows Mobile advocate for a long time and even my geekiest friends give me a hard time about holding out. The reality is that the platform is showing its age and the new kid on the block has got it going on!

  • http://www.umpcgeek.com Brian

    The addition of Exchange support is good news. (I am sure that the decision to pay MS for Exchange licensing was a tough one to make at Apple)

    The problem comes for those of us who work for companies with standardized IT departments that move slow. I work for a company with almost 100,000 employees world wide. I bet it will at least a year before we roll out support for Exchange. As a recovering IT professional, I know you can’t roll out the latest just because it’s cool – you have to make sure that it doesn’t break anything. Business continuity is WAY more important than cool.

  • dlindman831

    8 Gigs is great, I still wish it had a micro SD slot though so it was expandable….that’s still apples one big weakness with it’s ipod touch and iphone.

  • goodguy20k

    I also was waiting for the big, “Oh, and did we mention it makes coffee?” presentation by Mr. Jobs… Guess not this round…

    I do like the starting price point, that’s a plus in it’s favor. I hope to see a lot of spring boarding for developed apps for it. ::Crosses fingers::

    -Daniel

  • doogald

    I am surprised that people were looking for *more* from this keynote. Honestly, I had basically just ignored most rumors that I saw, so I was pretty surprised mostly by the price of the unit. This thing is cheaper than an iPod Touch (of course, you also pay $30 a month for data and more for a voice plan for 2 years, so there is that . . .)

    The first hour seemed a bit boring to me, but that MobileMe may have a dumb name, but that is wicked nice looking technology. I’m sort of glad I kept the dot Mac family plan now.

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