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3G iPhone on the way?

by Paul Jay, CBCNews.ca

For consumers still lamenting the lack of a carrier-serviced iPhone here in Canada, take heart. According to a couple of reports this week, we all may be better off waiting for next year's model anyway.

On Thursday PC World said analysts are predicting a new 3G iPhone as early as mid-next year, and a report in AppleInsider on Friday said Apple Inc. will be incorporating a new breed of Intel Corp. mobile processors into its handheld devices.

Rumours of the upcoming 3G iPhone seem on particularly solid ground because Apple is in talks with NTT DoCoMo to bring the mobile device to Japan. Since DoCoMo does not run on the GSM/EDGE network the iPhone uses in the U.S., but rather the third generation UMTS/HSDPA cell phone standard, meaning Apple would have to pick up its game, as it were, to offer its phone in the tech-savvy Japanese market.

The talk has tech sites like Gizmodo excited about the possibility that the iPhone might actually behave like, well, a smartphone. Though the iPhone was lauded for its touch interface, sleek design and Wi-Fi enabled internet capabilities, it was also something of a disappointment for failing to have features many expected on a smartphone, such as the ability to record video, send photos through text messages or use memory cards for extra storage.

AppleInsider reports that Apple is particularly interested in Intel's 45 nanometer "Silverthrone"chip, one designed for mobile devices "that is expected to be as fast as the second-generation of Pentium M processors, but use only between half a watt and 2 watts of electrical power -- about one tenth as much as a typical notebook chip."

All of this means that, for the second time in a year, early adopters of the iPhone could be regretting their purchase.
None of this helps bring the iPhone to Canada, but there is perhaps some solace in knowing that it might be better to be left in the cold than be twice burned.

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