More iPhone Lunacy, Jobs Hints at Upgrades, Trouble for iPhone Competitors, and More

More iPhone Lunacy, Jobs Hints at Upgrades, Trouble for iPhone Competitors, and More

If Steve says it is so, it must be so: In a move guaranteed to send shivers of either anticipation or annoyance down your spine, depending on your generalized feelings about product cycles and your disposable income, Steve Jobs in The Wall Street Journal today gave a nod to the increasingly well-known fact that iPhone surfing on the AT&T network is, to put it charitably, slow. Admitting that the iPhone’s present technology is not suitably framed for the web of today, Jobs went on to tell the WSJ that “where you wish you had faster speed is on a web browser…. EDGE [Enhanced Data rates for GSM Evolution] is good enough, but you wish it was a little faster and that's where sandwiching Edge with Wi-Fi really makes sense because Wi-Fi is much faster than any 3G network." Jobs says the iPhone lacks 3G connection because the electronics needed to power the service takes too much power and space. "We cared a lot about battery life and we cared a lot about physical size," he said. "Down the road, I'm sure some of those tradeoffs will become more favorable toward 3G.”


Despite such confidence, Jobs did admit to having butterflies in his stomach on the eve of the iPhone's launch. And he also assured a Fortune editor he ran into at a social gathering that the iPhone would not, in fact, detract from the focus on continuing to improve OS X. "To the contrary, he replied. Since the iPhone uses OS X as its fundamental software underpinning as well, its existence will in fact help OS X to evolve even faster, he said. I hope he proves right."


Apple drives market open with iPhone insanity: The iPhone launch’s seismic impact was felt at the opening bell today with Apple adding 1.2 percent in early trading. Aided by relatively tame inflation data, end-of-quarter purchases and general strength in the tech sector (Blackberry maker Research in Motion jumped 17 percent on strong profits reports), Apple’s iPhone seems to spelling good news for everyone excepting Palm who say their share drop 4.3 percent. And the Treo cries a lonely tear.


Qualcomm chip ban may hobble iPhone competitors: The recent lawsuit-ushered ban on imports of new cell phones with Qualcomm chips in them might slow the race for handset supremacy for non-iPhone phones. Affecting the high-speed EV-DO and WCDMA network technologies featured on a whole raft of LG and Samsung phones being carried on Verizon and Sprint the ban, as reported by the San Diego Union Tribune might have a chilling effect on competitive answers to the iPhone. According to a quoted analyst Mark McKechnie at American Technology Research, “It’s hard to say whether or not Apple will benefit from it….” Though from all indications, there's a good deal of pent-up demand for the iPhone, regardless of what's available on the other networks.”


Apple’s iPod sales not expected to hurt iPhone sales: Despite everyone we know saying that the iPhone takes care of both of their cell and MP3 listening needs, Steve Jobs is claiming to not be so worried that the iPhone will eat the iPod’s lunch. "We can report to you that it hasn't so far," Jobs told the Wall Street Journal when asked if the iPhone, which also plays music and video, would cannibalize Apple's iPod business. "I'm not too worried.” From the catbird seat? We wouldn’t think so.




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