3G iPhone Coming in 2008

Apple's iPhone has been slighted for many reasons, including its price, contract obligations and lack of modern 3G wireless data ability. While the issue of price has been diluted with a $200 price cut, and contractual obligations made all but moot with the public release of the iUnlock software, the iPhone is still limited to the slower EDGE data service.UK website Pocket-Lint is reporting that Steve Jobs has just announced that a 3G-enabled iPhone is on the way for 2008. No specific date or even a quarter was given, only the abstract "next year."

With the proliferation of wireless data access overseas it's no surprise that Jobs made this announcement at a London Apple store - but it may have the side effect of hurting sales of the first-generation iPhone, scheduled to launch in the UK on November 9th through O2.

Jobs also clarified why 3G connectivity was left out of the iPhone thus far; and as was clearly shown by AnandTech, battery life was the driving reason. But Jobs is optimistic that future models of the iPhone will have better technology allowing for both 3G and the promised 8 hours of call time.

News source: DailyTech

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"...with your irreplaceable battery! Remember the days you could hold up the eight hours of talk? It's down to three now, but what the heck, I love you!"

/sarcasm

Don't know about you guys but im buying myself an iphone PRONTO. i dont care about 3G i dont care about MMS i dont even care about EDGE(gasp!) all i know is that 3 years from now i will look back and thank god i got the first generation iphone and safely say "weve come a long way baby"

I am getting this new version... I don't care much about MMS, still I don't know anyone who would use them, but battery life is the most important factor for most people. This means, that if Apple need more time to design new iPhone with new battery, chips to keep battery working at 8 hours for calling, we will wait or at least I will wait.

New price on iPhone is really fine concerning the features it provides. The initial price was to high, but iPhone was brand new and they counted on extra profit because of all trendies/fans that would and did bought it. The lack of 3G was not important in US as it is in the Europe. They will fix this with second generation. What disturbs me is the lock down on third party software and things like custom ring tones and stuff. Really bad decision.

Battery life my ass, there's nothing stopping Apple putting in a longer lasting battery into the device.
3G technology has been around for years, I haven't ever heard of 3G phones having any worse battery life than any other phone out there.
Nor have I heard of any advanced breakthroughs in battery technology due out next year that will change this.

but alas, hoards of apple fanbois will probably eat this up and believe every word of it.

Not really. I always found it insane that the iPhone doesn't support 3G and lacks UMTS as well. I find it even more disturbing that Apple actually got O2 and T-Mobile to the point where they're "updating" their networks to support the antiquated EDGE network, just so the iPhone can work with it.

Gotta love the lack of MMS support as well!

That isn't confirmation. Working on the next version + 3G chips sucking the battery of the current rev does not equal 3G iPhone.