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May 20, 2009

Oh iPhone rumors, how I love thee

Posted: 11:32 AM ET

We’re just a little more than two weeks away from the rumored release/announcement of the new version of the iPhone.

It's expected that the Apple will release the 3.0 software at the World Wide Developers Conference on June 8th (no Jobs, but Phil Schiller will be doing the keynote). Having a few friends and colleagues who have started developing for the iPhone - I've actually got to play with the beta a bit. I must say, as nice as cut and paste is, the search is my favorite new feature. Being able to search through emails, contacts and anything else on my phone is way nice (and one of the main features I missed when I first got the phone last year).

The real question is - will new hardware be announced at the same time? Some of the big rumors surrounding video recording (that it will only work on new hardware) point to it coming soon - and has sparked a flurry of rumors to go with it.

Some say you will be able to edit video on the phone. If this comes true, I suspect it will be more about trimming to make the video shorter than making it theater-worthy.

There’s also a host of rumors surrounding Apple developing custom innards for the phone – custom processor, OLED screen, a specially designed battery – although those seem more likely for a further away iteration than anything we're likely to see this year.

I'm hoping for increased capacity (really a no brainer, but how big will it be? ... 80GB iPhone please?) and a better camera. Three megapixels would be acceptable, 4 would be grand and 5 would actually be worth using.

What do you think Apple should provide with a hardware update to the phone? And which of these rumors sound too good to be true? OHH and just to bait the water a little – what are the chances Apple will finally come through with the long rumored netbook/tablet?

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BFoose   May 20th, 2009 2:08 pm ET

Doesn't anyone else wish it would sync MS Notes? I'm a big Note user and I really miss that about my old device.

Ron   May 20th, 2009 2:09 pm ET

A removable battery, voice commands and a better quality phone. It is a great device as a pda, but as a phone – it needs a bit of work.

Leigh   May 20th, 2009 2:09 pm ET

I love my iphone – I tell people it has changed my life, and I'm not being dramatic!
I am still running on the old iphone (pre 3G) and have never had it freeze up, drop calls or any other major problems. Pictures are fine – if I need better photos, I'll use a real camera where I have more control. I'm even OK with ATT. I will probably upgrade to the next hardware iteration *if* that includes a major capacity boost (I was dreaming about 32GB but I'll certainly take something larger). Replaceable battery would be awesome (but not a direction Apple seems to be going, if you use their laptop line as a guide).

Louie   May 20th, 2009 2:11 pm ET

For the hardware update, they should increase the volume for the sound and ringer. Both are not loud enough.

Also for a 3g network to get the internet is not fast at all. My wife's Dare downloads the internet faster then the iPhone. They need to work on this problem.

Then the phone would be great.

Dan   May 20th, 2009 2:13 pm ET

If Apple and whatever carrier the iPhone is on wants to rule the business world, then they need to offer a non-camera model. Defense Contractors already restrict cell phone functions, more and more companies are starting to ban cell phones with cameras, and now some doctors offices are starting to ban cell phone cameras due to the possibility of HIPAA violations. Blackberry 8830 is now the onlt smart phone offered that doesnt have a camera. 75% of the people I work with have one, yet the newer models of blackberrys are coming out with camera only options. Big chance for Apple to take some of the market share from Blackberry

james   May 20th, 2009 2:14 pm ET

The ease of use of the iphone has been amazing over other phones I've had. One huge issue that I hope is resolved with this new release is a version of itunes and a iphone driver for 64 bit windows vista. I can't even sync my phone with my new laptop now because of this, so I'm stuck chained to my old desktop with old xp.

masimons   May 20th, 2009 2:14 pm ET

The rumored compass would be great, along with a HD-radio reception capability.
Making it slimmer would be stupid, battery lasts too short as is.

Steve   May 20th, 2009 2:14 pm ET

I don't know what everyone is so excited about, 5 megapixel camera, flash, mms, gps, replaceable battery, etc.. My Omnia has all those features and I got it for free. Plus, I get verizons reliable service here compared to the pathetic excuse for service ATT provides.

True, I can't get a billion different games and other apps, but I'd rather spend my time being productive and less playing on my phone

David   May 20th, 2009 2:16 pm ET

The iPhone is a great piece of equipment, but it's not perfect by any means. Just like any electronic device it evolves as technology does. Thankfully it will continue to do so because the consumers who want the functionality it provides benefit. I love my iPhone and couldn't imagine going to a less feature-rich device.

The best feature is that It combines so many different functions into a single device. I got tired of carrying both a phone and iPod to the gym. Now I can carry one device that does both, and so many other things too. I can also connect it to my car and get music (controlled from the steering wheel and digitally through my sound system) as well as in car phone functionality via bluetooth. I have yet to see another device that does what the iPhone does, and does it as well.

But the iPhone isn't for everyone. If it costs too much or doesn't do what you want, then don't get one.

I'd like to see voice dialing, more space and a user-replacable battery. Any other gravy is of course welcome.

Michael   May 20th, 2009 2:16 pm ET

More battery life! period. The iphone battery is already being taxed with the current OS set of applications. Imagine with video editing and so on. Not worth the upgrade if the battery life is not improved.

eevee   May 20th, 2009 2:16 pm ET

I want the new iPhone to be a bit smaller with waterproof case and a fold out 9" plasma screen and a retractable keyboard integrated with at least 100 GB of memory and an improved battery which will support no less than 30 hours of talk time and be compatible with any carrier of my choosing for about $20.00 per month with unlimited nationwide and overseas calling and a lifetime warranty on parts and labor on everything including the 10 megapixel camera with a 8X telephoto lens and the motorized flip-out toothbrush.

Not surprising how the uninformed sheep of the world want to whine and gripe and complain about one of the most well-made, creative, and trouble-free electronic devices to come along in decades. Give me a slight boost memory and in camera quality and video perhaps ...and I'll be happy. Then I can video the sheep saying: "Waaaaah ... I want it to float!"

Beth B   May 20th, 2009 2:17 pm ET

I am the happiest iPhone owner in the world. This thing is great, GPS, Movies, iPod, iTunes, all the great apps, there is nothing missing. I had a basic phone for years. Wow! What a difference. If I had one compain it would be in the quality of the phone service I receive from A.T. & T. wireless. Lots of dropped calls for no reason. If anyone could tell me how to fix that, I'd be very grateful.

As for the new software, we will be able to download 3.0 just like all the other software updates, right?

Battery boy   May 20th, 2009 2:18 pm ET

Battery, battery, battery... The second generation iPhone was a huge step down from the first generation one because of battery life issues. The 3G wireless sucks the life out of the battery so that it won't even last
a full day under average use. The first gen iPhone lasts several days
with reasonable use, a week or more if you just keep it on standby. This has GOT to be fixed with the next hardware update. If it can't be fixed,
how about an accessible battery compartment so you can swap in a spare battery!? Is it really too much to ask?

chris   May 20th, 2009 2:18 pm ET

The IPHONE is like the commerical where the city is full of mice on their spinwheels not moving, then the car pulls up & there's three mice in the car bobbing their heads to the beat everyone has an iphone and im just plain sick of mine. Thats why i'm all about the PALM PRE right now!

Heriyoel   May 20th, 2009 2:21 pm ET

1-It will be able to send & Rec MMS...
2-It will cut & paste even from the web
3-It will be cheaper, 8gb $100.00 16GB 200...
4-If you put it to Airplane mode u can still turn on WIFI and use it, I just came from Spain and it was so usefull and no download charges...

5-The UPGRADE will be free for actual owners...

If you have time check the video presentation from APPLE as I did you will be amazed, and I only bought it cause of the Ipod... I cant live with out it... The VZ Storm is nice but a lot of friends turn them back...

loop   May 20th, 2009 2:21 pm ET

Hecorn ....
The appleStore cant tell you anything its official...the arent lying that is the only software available for the next weeks but they cant tell you there is a new phone till Apple executives officially announce it. Cingular was surprisingly more helpful on that topic

C-Man   May 20th, 2009 2:23 pm ET

How about that salt shaker thing Dr. McCoy has from start trek? The I-Phone is basically a Tricorder anyways!

D-Roy   May 20th, 2009 2:25 pm ET

As much as I get frustrated with Apple's marketing style, I can't help but be quite impressed. Everything is god-awfully expensive for one reason, people will pay it, and continue to do so, in a record-setting fashion no less.

I hear a lot of people asking for "basic functionality," like a decent camera, MMS capabilities, voice recognition. People were asking for the same things like GPS before the 3g came out. I see three reasons why Jobs and his cronies aren't putting these features in there right away.

First of all, one of Apple's greatest abilities is recognizing that there are a bunch of things out there that we think we need, but we don't. Keep in mind, they pretty much put the "Stop" button in to extinction. They realized that stopping your music was the same as pausing it, except not as good as pausing it. They have also, despite a lot of fighting, gotten rid of the right mouse button for their computers. Again, just a feature we think we need because that's how its always been done. By getting rid of some of these "fundamental features" they can test the waters by seeing what people actually don't need.

Secondly, by withholding on features from the beginning, they are attempting to fulfill one Apples other greatest qualities. Ensuring a stable, trustworthy product that always works as expected. I know the iPhone is anything but perfect, but compared to my Windows-powered smart phone, it's infinitely more reliable. They can continue to add features as they become more reliable and can be implemented in the device.

Lastly, and probably most importantly, if they gave you all the features right away, there would be no reason to go back and by the 3g, and the 4g, and whatever they come out with next. It may be infuriating, but this is a capitalist society, and Apple is playing us like a fiddle. Don't get me wrong, I think everything Apple touches turns to gold, but they sure are clever when it comes to playing the market.

David   May 20th, 2009 2:28 pm ET

How about a sliding plastic lens cover for the camera, so it doesn't get scratched all to heck by your keys in your pocket/purse/whatever?

It's not that dang hard or expensive, some phones have been doing this for years, and some people just won't buy a camera phone without a lens cover for just this reason.

adam   May 20th, 2009 2:29 pm ET

need to add tethering, which is possible with nearly every other phone. This is the main reason I havent switched. For $20 per month I get unlimited data through AT&T...and can tether the phone to my computer for internet access at very quick 3G speeds. I dont have internet at home other than through using tethering which is the wave of the future. For some reason they've programmed the iPhone specifically to prevent this from being possible. Stupid move.

Chris Greenback   May 20th, 2009 2:29 pm ET

Being a type 1 diabetic I am looking forward to Johnson & Johnson to come out with an app for my insulin pump. Also all the incredible apps that are soon to come with the new 3.0 os, but when is the actual release date for this update anyways?

Dave   May 20th, 2009 2:34 pm ET

there are free apps with a compasses Masimons. and have you tried the Pandora app? it's commercial-free radio and you can search for the songs you like, and it's free.

Patrick O   May 20th, 2009 2:46 pm ET

As for what hardware revisions I expect to see, a capacity boost, a processor boost, camera upgrade, and OLED screen as well. I really hope we get a better 3G chipset as well.

As for rumors, I'd love it if the next-gen iPhone was LTE compatible. It would be great if we could use this phone (even if we had to jailbreak it first) on Verizon's network. My largest gripe with the iPhone is AT&T. Their network infrastructure is just awful.

I live in Chicago. I kid you not, 75% of the places I've tried to use data (both inside and outdoors) have been epic fails! Speed tests say I get between 5-10KBps on the iphone 3G network. That's 10% the capacity of EDGE! With a phone that advertises a speedy 3G network – it would be great if I could actually use those speeds.

Larryp   May 20th, 2009 3:00 pm ET

THis is fun – had to go back and reread more posts – and the more I read, the more I realize that my phone can do more than the iPhone. I can send and receive text, picture, video message WITHOUT going to a website. I can make and answer phone calls – hand free – right out of the box ... need I go on? Joe Consumer had it right. Add enought bells and whistles and you can sell igloos to eskimos.

chris   May 20th, 2009 3:53 pm ET

Will make a small improvement over last model. Then 30 days later will release a completely new version featuring a different architecture and making old customers pay massively for an upgrade, if it is possible; if it is not possible, they will start discontinuing support and products surrounding the old product (including the one about about be revealed) and Apple will encourage its customers to suck it up and buy the new stuff... that way they can still be cool

Meredith   May 20th, 2009 4:05 pm ET

After reading all these comments not only is it humorous but it also raises some questions. What is the pre? I thought the new upgrade was just an upgrade and was free? Is there another phone coming out?

I love my iPhone! But again I guess it is not for everyone. I have convinced several people to switch to the iPhone after saying they hated it and they are so glad they switched. Once you try it I'm sure you'll love it.

A friend of mine has the Instinct from Sprint and he wants to switch to the iPhone but he just has to wait until is contract is up. I don't think any phone can compete but that's my personal opinion.

Just to throw out a few comments for the whole "money" factor: I sold my first generation on Craig's List and got $350 for it. Then turned around and bought the new one for $199. It's not that expensive I think it's right around the other "smart phone" prices. Who really has a phone for more than 2 years anyways? They will either break or something better will come out. So you're "throwing away money" on a phone no matter what kind of a phone you have.

ROnie cookie   May 20th, 2009 4:24 pm ET

LG is like kia and hyundai their good but its for people who cant afford to get a nice phone like iphone bb's and G1. Common its like comparing a hyundai with bmw and MBenz

Meredith   May 20th, 2009 4:36 pm ET

Okay so just read up about the "Palm Pre." I have to say I am not impressed. Okay so maybe you can switch between apps while in other apps unlike the iPhone but who really cares. Are the apps as cool as the iPhone apps? Does is have the same or if not better features than the iPhone? I don't think so. It seems like all these companies are trying to come out with something that is like the iPhone and everyone single one of them has failed. It's like that Camry commercial. "Why buy a car that's like the Camry why not just buy the Camry?"

Why buy a phone that's just like the iPhone why not just buy the iPhone?

Hopefully the new upgrade will make things easier, like sending picture messages. That is the only thing that I don't like about this phone.

Relan   May 20th, 2009 5:24 pm ET

5megapixel camera??? resolution is worthless without quality lenses. I've got an older 2MP camera that takes beautiful pictures that a crappy 4MP lensed camera couldn't hold a candle to. That was an ignorant comment.... An no camera in a phone form factor is going to be able to go past a certain level of photo quality because of the lens size and focal length.

yeime d.   May 20th, 2009 8:24 pm ET

I would totally get the iphone if it had a talking GPS like sprint instinct. Even way better if they added an option to watch TV.

Mfadool   May 20th, 2009 8:53 pm ET

I love my iphone. But what I really need in an upgrade is when my husband calls my iphone from his iphone and we are both in the same city, then I want the phone to RING. It seems to always go straight to voicemail.

Jack M   May 21st, 2009 2:03 am ET

What people don't get about why we love our iphones is simple. Yes Nokia probably has a better phone, and much of its features have been around a while.

The difference is the UI and design. The phone is beautiful. The screen is large. The text is rendered very clearly. Everything just kind of makes sense and is intuitive. I've used a nokia, the UI sucks.

I don't even like Apple, I'm a Microsoft developer, but the iPhone is a wonderful product.

Bryan H   May 21st, 2009 4:26 am ET

I love my iPhone but the camera needs and upgrade in a bad way. Also they need to have a way of turning on the bluetooth that doesn't need 4 menus to get through.

The Aps make this the most treasured tool/toy I own

Fibol   May 21st, 2009 5:57 am ET

More Real time Captors: Temperature, Pression, Luminosity etc....

Alan Shore   May 21st, 2009 11:36 am ET

We all need a "mark all as read" button for Mail. Now we have to go through 200 msgs a day to mark them as unread, which takes forever and is completely idiotic. This needs to be done NOW.

Jonny Chepe   May 21st, 2009 1:26 pm ET

I see a lot of posts about a better camera. I do agree, but It's a phone not a camera! it's meant to take at the moment photos not compete with Nikon.

Would you want a wedding photographer showing up with a Nokia 8mp cameraphone ? Honestly I have a first gen Iphone and have taken some pretty good photos with it. but I also understand how to take pictures with a digital camera. Megapixels are only part of the equation.

gimmeablog415   May 21st, 2009 1:40 pm ET

Iphones are sick check it out

Brian   May 21st, 2009 3:32 pm ET

I love my Iphone. I purchased when they first launched the original. I still have it and I still love it.

Philip   May 21st, 2009 4:11 pm ET

Well you Know guys i am both sides of the coin on this one:

On One side I believe that the iphone is a remarkable phone and a wonderful step in the next step of technology. I believe That the Iphone is (or should be) the Prototype to all other phones willing to go in that steps.

On the other side of the coin: I have Sprint and I have purchase the Samsung Instinct and for the most part, The Iphone and the Instinct Stand Side by Side. With the exception that you have to buy Apps for the Iphone. That kindof Sucks. But hey its a business and I understand it.

However the price overall and the contract between Apple and At&t is what keeping the Iphone from exploding into the world. Imagine if the Iphone was on verizon,cingular,sprint,Alltel. Apple would rule and if they would drop the price to around 250. Then the world would be Apple.

But hey in the end we are all comsumers with different needs and to each his own is what my wife would say........

Arden Compton   May 21st, 2009 6:58 pm ET

I would like to be able to video chat/conference with skype or ichat

Craig Glaser   May 21st, 2009 7:14 pm ET

I dont actually know if i am more excityed about OS 3.0 or the new iphone....cant make up my mind

Vijay   May 22nd, 2009 5:32 am ET

Hi all, I have had the iPhone V.1, the iPhone 3G, WHITE iPhone 3G then Samsung's Omnia. From there everything changed. I had Nokia's E90, Samsung's Soul U900, the blackberry storm (and for a little laugh, here, we call it the Blackberry Obama) and am currently using HTC's Touch HD and Nokia's E71. Seriously guys, I work in telecoms and I’ve seen very few professionals with the iPhone, may it be in my country or abroad, people who really want to improve their lives with a neat piece of hardware or phone usually goes with a phone that has a physical keyboard. Most people who buy the iPhone buy it to play games, install 50 million useless "cool" apps that are touch sensitive or they just buy it because it's number 1 phone sold in the world and "my best friend who's a geek has it so it has to be a good phone"... people, that geek is trying to get accepted by the other cool kids by buying the same phone THEY have! Okay fine the iPhone is pretty good looking has a nice screen and everything, but in the end, I gotta say, that phone is just for show; half of the people who will purchase it will not use the features it has. And I mean, seriously, this is ridiculous, why purchase a phone that does not yet have what every other phone that goes for 200 dollars already has? Again, I have to say, iPhone is pretty awesome and well engineered, but it just isn't as good as people make it to be. Otherwise I’d still have mine instead of giving it to my maid. And that's not a joke. Finally the last thing, I have a friend who owns a cell phone repair store, a very well known one at that and he told me that in a week he will be fixing a minimum of 10 iPhones with cracked screens and he will be flashing at least 25 of them. Can you guys not see how fragile that phone is? I mean, fine, my E71 looks like it just came back from World War II and unluckily stepped on a land mine with the explosive power of Hiroshima, but at least I never had to flash it or change any blown up part!

So come on guys, don't buy into the myth that iPhone will change your life. The only reason you feel so good when using it is because it makes you feel special and more in tune with everyone who has the iPhone. It’s just like a smoker asking a smoker for a lighter. Anyhow, This iPhone business is over my head, I will now take my leave and leave you with this: iPhone is a nice plastic toy for people who will stop at being fairly happy with their phone.

desilou17   May 22nd, 2009 12:59 pm ET

I love my iphone, but I would love it even more if it had voice dialing, the ability to delete individual messages...not clear the whole conversation, mms messaging, video (capture, send, and receive), a flash would be great, ability to change the background color, oh and a better's hard to hear people...when i had my blackberry curve the speaker was amazing and the pictures were too. If the iphone can conquer those things...I will be so happy

ion   May 22nd, 2009 1:35 pm ET

it would be nice if they added hardware for cdma compatibility in the next hardware release!

Paul Zannucci   May 22nd, 2009 3:05 pm ET

If they could make the camera/video good enough to chuck my other ones, that would be a truly great advancement. The time of carrying around multiple pieces of hardware should be coming to an end. Let's put everything in the iPhone. A cooler for beer would be nice.

Ralph   May 23rd, 2009 11:58 am ET

Not just the Iphone, but all phones should have a 5 mega pikex camer, and a flash. I had a camera phone 1 yr ago with a flash, then got a new phone and it didnt have a fash... so I down graded to my old phone. I have a neice and a nephew, and a big family. If im on my phone and see my neice doing something funny I want to take a pic/video without it being junky. Phone makers here my voice. Or lose customers to the smarter makers.

Kevin Long   May 23rd, 2009 9:00 pm ET

I have used Blackberry and G1. The G1 STINKS!!! The list is endless. Blackberry works great. BUT NOTHING BEATS MY iPHONE!!! I LOVE IT!!!
Those bashing it just can't get ATT or they would have it!!!

Trust me I used the G1 since it came out and it is total garbage!!!

Use an iphone for a DAY and tell me how much you LOVE it!!!

D   May 25th, 2009 6:28 pm ET

You're so right Jeff. Who cares if Larryp doesn't like the Iphone? Keep your thoughts to yourself.

Joe   May 26th, 2009 2:07 am ET

Video capture would be great. Moving to Verizon would be better.

MOBADTHANGOOD   May 26th, 2009 10:44 am ET

Whats an Iphone?
I got a fantastic Canon S1 camera already.
I got a 60in Sony TV to watch.
I got a fantastic Harmon Kardon stereo system to listen to.
I have a great laptop computer and desktop computer to send emails and search the web with.

I got Verizon Razr phone to TALK ON.

Amit   May 26th, 2009 10:07 pm ET

I dont believe the iphone, which I have and love, doesn't have a flash yet! and video recording at that. I have seen youtube videos of people with a camera app that recorded the youtube video posted from the Iphone itself! I know it was on a jailbroken phone but why does it have to resort to that to use a very common cell phone function? Why is Apple holding back this feature! Very frustrating...

Ryan   May 19th, 2012 9:50 pm ET

well it all depends on what you wantFirst the ipnohe was nominated the best mult-media phone out their and from the looks of it it is and the safari internet helps to and it has a big hard drive and if you have itunes well their your music.a good compatitor with the ipnohe is the verizon voyager it has good text pad and it has internet,music,navagationThe distinctive $ 295 Helio Ocean has dual-slider controls: You slide it lengthwise to expose a phone keypad, and slide it the other way to reach a full keyboard. It\'s paired with Helio\'s cell service, which uses the Sprint networkBlackBerry models are popular with business users for their e-mail capabilities, but the $ 300 Curve (currently sold with a $ 100 mail-in rebate) has consumer-focused multimedia features and a camera. It\'s available with AT T cell serviceFor more budget-minded buyers, the Samsung Upstage offers inexpensive multimedia. One side is dedicated to phone usage, while the other is for music and video and sports a larger display. It has GPS, too, but it will set you back only $ 80 with a two-year cell plan from Sprint

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