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Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Apple iPhone coming June 29th....

Today, I continued some more research into the upcoming Apple iPhone and it definitely has me interested. Yes, I am very happy with my RIM Blackberry 8800 - but the Apple iPhone seems to have some features that will even surpass the Blackberry. The only glaring item that seems to be omitted from the Apple's iPhone is the lack of GPS functionality. From the review of their technical specifications on the iPhone there is simply no support for GPS. With the integrated applications and search that we are seeing from Google and others with the GPS integration (Google Mobile Maps - GMM), GPS functionality in a device is quickly becoming a must.

For those interested in the specifications on the iPhone, here are the details:

  • Screen size: 3.5 inches
  • Screen resolution: 320 by 480 pixels (160 ppi)
  • Input method: Multi-touch
  • Operating system: OS X
  • Storage: 4GB or 8GB
  • GSM: Quad-band (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
  • Wireless data: Wi-Fi (802.11b/g) / EDGE / Bluetooth 2.0+EDR
  • Camera: 2.0 megapixels
  • Battery: Talk Time, Up to 8 hours; Standby, Up to 250 hours; Internet Use, Up to 6 hours; Video Playback, Up to 7 hours; Audio playback, Up to 24 hours
  • Dimensions: 4.5 x 2.4 x 0.46 inches / 115 x 61 x 11.6mm
  • Weight: 4.8 ounces / 135 grams

Disclaimers to the specifications:

  • 1GB = 1 billion bytes; actual formatted capacity less.
  • Talk Time: Testing conducted by Apple in May and June 2007 using preproduction iPhones and software. All talk time testing was done connected to a 1900MHz network. All settings were default except: Call Forwarding was turned on; the WiFi feature Ask to Join Networks was turned off. Battery life depends on the cellular network, location, signal strength, feature configuration, usage, and many other factors. Battery tests are conducted using specific iPhone units; actual results may vary.
  • Standby: Testing conducted by Apple in May and June 2007 using preproduction iPhones and software. All settings were default except: Call Forwarding was turned on; the WiFi feature Ask to Join Networks was turned off. Battery life depends on the cellular network, location, signal strength, feature configuration, usage, and many other factors. Battery tests are conducted using specific iPhone units; actual results may vary.
  • Internet over WiFi: Testing conducted by Apple in May and June 2007 using preproduction iPhones and software. Internet over WiFi testing conducted using a closed network and dedicated web and mail server, simulating browsing to 20 popular URLs and checking mail once an hour. All settings were default except: Call Forwarding was turned on; the WiFi feature Ask to Join Networks and Auto-Brightness were turned off; WPA2 encryption was enabled. Battery life depends on the cellular network, location, signal strength, WiFi connectivity, feature configuration, usage, and many other factors. Battery tests are conducted using specific iPhone units; actual results may vary. Internet over
  • EDGE: Testing conducted by Apple in May and June 2007 using preproduction iPhones and software. Internet over EDGE testing conducted over a 1900 MHz EDGE, using a dedicated web and mail server, simulating browsing to 20 popular URLs and checking mail once an hour. All settings were default except: Call Forwarding was turned on; the WiFi feature Ask to Join Networks and Auto-Brightness were turned off. Battery life depends on the cellular network, location, signal strength, EDGE connectivity, feature configuration, usage, and many other factors. Battery tests are conducted using specific iPhone units; actual results may vary.
  • Video Playback: Testing conducted by Apple in May and June 2007 using preproduction iPhones and software. Video content was a repeated 2 hour 23 minute movie purchased from the iTunes Store. All settings were default except: Call Forwarding was turned on; the WiFi feature Ask to Join Networks and Auto-Brightness were turned off. Battery life depends on the cellular network, location, signal strength, feature configuration, usage, and many other factors. Battery tests are conducted using specific iPhone units; actual results may vary.
  • Audio Playback: Testing conducted by Apple in May and June 2007 using preproduction iPhones and software. The playlist consisted of 358 unique audio tracks, a combination of content imported from CDs using iTunes (128-Kbps AAC encoding) and content purchased from the iTunes Store (128-Kbps AAC encoding). All settings were default except: Call Forwarding was turned on; the WiFi feature Ask to Join Networks was turned off. Battery life depends on the cellular network, location, signal strength, feature configuration, usage, and many other factors. Battery tests are conducted using specific iPhone units; actual results may vary.
  • Rechargeable batteries have a limited number of charge cycles and may eventually need to be replaced. See www.apple.com/batteries for more information.

2 comments:

Zec said...

Yes, GPS is a must on the type of device they are trying to bring to market.
Maybe, there will be some sort of service/app/code that will ask user about current location ( not perfect solution, but can be hybrid).

Ken Hanscom said...

I have always thought that potentially IP could be of help, if they were distrubted based on the cell tower. However, that would prove to be difficult and most likely result in loss of connectivity from cell towers. The lack of this functionality in the iPhone probably makes it a deal breaker for me. I guess I will need to wait until a second generation device becomes available.