Obvious: Analyst Predicts 3G iPhone Before Christmas
As we all know a 3G iPhone is imminent, it’s not a question of how but a question of when. Coupled with the fact that Apple worked something out with Interdigital regarding 3G patents, it all but confirms the fact. However one analyst makes the claim that Apple will introduce a 3G iPhone before Christmas.
We all know how analysts are, to me they seem like those people who make seemingly reliable rumors but once you read into it there is little validity, but not all analysts are like this.
I know that the cellular industry is a fast paced industry, so much so that I had written that Apple may have killed the iPhone by pushing updates so slow and while I won’t whine that a 3G iPhone is somewhat overdue (depending how you look at the matter) it would be disatrous for Apple to unloose such a major update before Macworld.
Think about it, after Thanksgiving and right before Macworld sales are huge. Steve said himself that the price decrease was meant to lure in potential consumers for the holiday season. I won’t take Steve’s word that this iPhone will last to 2007 but once Macworld rolls around the holiday sales will be dying out and something very, very important to note: the iPhone’s sales target has not changed at all. It’s still 10 million by 2008, it could mean Apple may hold off on a 3G iPhone and even introduce a 2G iPhone in Europe.
Apple will want to spread out major announcements to further increase iPhone sales and even though a surge in sales will occur from a 3G iPhone during the holidays, there will be nothing to rebound once 2008 rolls in.
I predict he is wrong. If anything it would be done at MacWorld. There is no keynote left in America this year that I know of and I just don’t see Jobs announcing something like this at a keynote in another part of the world. I am 100% certain there will be some type of announcement regarding iPhone at MacWorld, but I still am not sure that a 3G iPhone is on the list yet. Jobs said he wanted to 3G technology to be better and more widespread. To my knowledge 3G has not spread that much since June and I don’t know of any new smaller 3G chip that uses less battery life. I simply believe the next addition to iPhone is more storage, color option, and new apps.
I agree with Chris. No 3G this year. I’m thinking it will be: more storage, video capture, more colors, software enhancements, maybe the addition of some games or some type of game downloads from itunes. Gaming industry is huge and the iPhone could easily serve up some games and even offer itune downloads. The touch screen already works fine with some NES emulators.