Europe Gets iPhone

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Europe Gets iPhone

 

Steve Jobs announced that Apple is partnering with mobile provider O2 for the British release of the device. Priced at £269.99 including VAT ($535), the phone will hit the British isle on November 9.

 

Apple is partnering with Carphone Warehouse, a large UK retailer in Britain with 1,300 distribution points. Plans with unlimited data will be priced at £35, £45 and £55. Plans include over 7,500 O2 Wi-Fi hotspots, visual voicemail and the upcoming iTunes Wi-Fi Music Store. Unlike in the United States, contracts are only for 18 months.

 

The UK iPhone will still use EDGE technology, and O2 will have to update its network. Matthew Key, CEO of O2 stated, "We're investing in Edge, we're in the process of rolling that out. At launch, we'll be north of 30 percent."

 

Jobs answered the 3G issue. "As you know the iPhone doesn't currently support 3G, so why didn't we build it in? The 3G chipsets work reasonably well except for power, they're real power hogs."

 

The rest of Europe will have to wait until at least next quarter for the iPhone.

 

Check with MacFormat for the latest details.

 

In other news:

 

iPhone to go 3G in early 2008: The Street's Scott Moritz says that a 3G iPhone will ship in early 2008. Moritz says that Broadcom's Global Locate will provide the chips for the new phone. Moritz is the same guy who said in July that there was a "note" from a stock trading firm that Apple was cutting back iPhone production - that so-called note ended up being a misunderstanding, but it sent Apple's stock down three percent that day (the Street never issued a retraction for their story). Since Steve Jobs said at today's iPhone UK unveiling that 3G is a power hog and he wants a 3G iPhone to have at least 5 hours of battery life, we bet it's more like later 2008 (after June) than early 2008. And perhaps a 3G iPhone won't have Wi-Fi in order to achieve Apple's desired battery life.

 

iPod nano costs: Another incomplete study by iSuppli says that the new iPod nanos boast the widest margins yet for the iPod nano line. iSuppli says that the parts for the $149 4GB iPod nano cost $58.85, while the $199 8GB iPod nano's parts cost $82.85. What's missing from iSuppli's study are the "soft" costs, such as the hardware and software development, intellectual property, packaging, product assembly, marketing, customer support and distribution.

 

Adobe CS3 and Leopard: Adobe CEO Bruce Chizen said in an interview that CS3 hasn't fully been tested under Leopard. What's newsworthy isn't that software are robust as Photoshop, InDesign, Flash, etc., might have problems with a new operating system - whenever an OS undergoes a major release, there's bound to be problems with software, whether it's from Adobe, Microsoft, a shareware developer, or an open source app. What Chizen is doing is that he's setting up the expectations of his customers, and he's letting them know that Adobe will address problems if/when they arise.

 

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Intel announces it's next generation of processors tday and you guys just have more iphone news. Come on stick to the more important stuff okay?

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Sam Iam

Processors are boring. Besides, everyone (except you) knew that Penryn was going to ship soon.

If you want to deny the importance of the iPhone to Apple, go right ahead. As for 5pm PST, not even MacWorld has a story about Intel.

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Anonymous

"As for 5pm PST, not even MacWorld has a story about Intel."

So MacWorld tells you whats important and what isn't? And the news was also about Nehalem, smartass.

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Smartass

No, MW doesn't tell me what's important. It should tell you that the Mac media in general didn't care about Intel's annoucements, because it was old news. Dumbass.

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Anonymous

Processors crunch the numbers which tell me how much water I can pull out of the ground so you can flush your toilet. If the water gets shut off the last thing you'll be thinking about is the phone you pick up to loge your complaint.

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Anonymous

Wow. That might very well be the fakest looking picture I have seen in a long time. I mean, look at that shady photoshop work-- it doesn't actually look like he's holding that in his hand, not to mention that that grip couldn't support that weight. Plus, I mean, the phone is bigger than his face? what gives?

~E

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rloyola

that it's supposed to look fake. Have a sense of humor.

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Anonymous

fake?!?!? what're you?!?!? kidding me??!?! this absolutely does not look FAKE at all?!?

what the hell is wrong with you all?

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Roberto Baldwin

Prince Charles is actually only 4 feet tall. That's why the iPhone looks huge in his hand.

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Prince Charles

It's a fake! I was holding a Zune!

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