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Apple's Latest Is a Faster 3G 'Worldphone'

Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) included many of the updates expected for the iPhone 5 in its latest smartphone launch Tuesday but actually dubbed the device the iPhone 4S.

New CEO Tim Cook unveiled a faster 3G smartphone that can support both GSM and CDMA at an event at the company HQ in Cupertino, Calif. As expected, the phone also sported a better camera and a clever little voice-activated personal assistant called "Siri."

Here's a rundown of some of the new features:

  • It's a "worldphone" that supports both CDMA and GSM that will be available for AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T), Verizon Wireless and -- for the first time -- Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S)
  • Faster data transmissions and better voice quality through intelligent switching dual-antennas
  • Support for High-Speed Packet Access Plus (HSPA+) 3G on the GSM side. The maximum download speed possible over this network upgrade is 14.4-Mbit/s, and 3-Mbit/s or less is more typical on average, although Apple's antenna update may juice that up
  • New A5 processor that will allow eight hours of talk time on 3G and six hours of 3G browsing
  • A voice-activated personal assistant on the phone that can let users make appointments, search, set alarms and dictate documents over the phone. According to The Guardian's live stream, the voice-recognition capabilities of Siri are impressive
  • A new eight-megapixel camera with faster point-and-shoot capabilities and 1080p video capture


The new phone will be launched on Oct. 14 in the U.S., Australia, Britain, Canada, France, Germany and Japan. It will be priced at $199 for $199 for the 16GB model, $299 for the 32GB version and $399 for the 64GB monster.

— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Light Reading Mobile

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joset01 12/5/2012 | 4:51:58 PM
re: Apple's Latest Is a Faster 3G 'Worldphone'

BTW I put "worldphone" in quotations because I'm still waiting to see what RF frequiences it supports, that will be key.


 


DJ

joset01 12/5/2012 | 4:51:58 PM
re: Apple's Latest Is a Faster 3G 'Worldphone'

I understand this and I think is petty much what was expectd. All the same, however, a HSPA+ phone with decent download speeds and long battery life is a neat thing and the "Siri" assistant appears -- at first glance -- to be way better implemented than Google Voice, say.


 


Remember, you don't need to be first, you need to be first with stuff that works well.

alandal 12/5/2012 | 4:51:58 PM
re: Apple's Latest Is a Faster 3G 'Worldphone'

World phone?? Q-band (850/900/1800/1900) GSM + CDMA qualifies any phone to be "W".


 


 

alandal 12/5/2012 | 4:51:58 PM
re: Apple's Latest Is a Faster 3G 'Worldphone'

Here's a rundown of some of the "new" features (ONLY TO APPL):

<ul>
<li>It's a "worldphone" that supports both CDMA and GSM</li>
</ul>

World phone has been around many, many years. Why didn't any one trade mark it and possiblly charge APPL for it???

<ul>
<li>Faster data transmissions and better voice quality through intelligent switching dual-antennas</li>
</ul>

Again has been around and defined by standard and specified by carriers, called either diversity antenna for most 2G/3G or MIMO for 3.9G (HSPA+).

<ul>
<li>Support for High-Speed Packet Access Plus (HSPA+) 3G on the GSM side. The maximum download speed possible over this network upgrade is 14.4-Mbit/s, and 3-Mbit/s or less is more typical on average, although Apple's antenna update may juice that up</li>
</ul>

It's really in the modem chip, again nothing new ...

<ul>
<li>New A5 processor that will allow eight hours of talk time on 3G and six hours of 3G browsing</li>
</ul>

HTC/Samsung/LG/MOT all have this or something similar or better; also APPL's IPR battle with Samsung (A5 co-provider) may really question all kinda supplier chain security arrangements.


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<ul>
<li>A voice-activated personal assistant on the phone that can let users make appointments, search, set alarms and dictate documents over the phone. According to The Guardian's live stream, the voice-recognition capabilities of Siri are impressive</li>
</ul>

It's again nothing new. Does APPL do it better?

<ul>
<li>A new eight-megapixel camera with faster point-and-shoot capabilities and 1080p video capture</li>
</ul>

Most vendors have this already in markets...


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Gabriel Brown 12/5/2012 | 4:51:57 PM
re: Apple's Latest Is a Faster 3G 'Worldphone'

Would be cool if that voice thing works. Tricky use case thou.


You can get Google Voice Search on some phones. But who really uses it after the first couple of tries?


I had a Nokia years ago that would voice-dial a contact if you asked it to -- "Phone Dan". Used that maybe once or twice.

MMQoS 12/5/2012 | 4:51:57 PM
re: Apple's Latest Is a Faster 3G 'Worldphone'

Many of us (I was at least) were awaiting the announcement from Apple of the iPhone 5.&nbsp; I figured Tim Cook would want to make a major announcement with Jobs now out.&nbsp; But it just may be that Apple made a strategic decison to hold on the "5" until the highly integrated and therefore lower power LTE chipsets become more widely available and maybe more importantly, more reliable.&nbsp;


The new twenty-first century Apple has been very careful not to rely on bleeding edge chip development and rightly so.&nbsp; I was at Nat Semi when a chip failure delayed the Apple III.&nbsp; Anyone else have an info on the LTE status at Apple?


MMQoS

joset01 12/5/2012 | 4:51:56 PM
re: Apple's Latest Is a Faster 3G 'Worldphone'

Very curious to see how well Siri will deal with accents.

DCITDave 12/5/2012 | 4:51:56 PM
re: Apple's Latest Is a Faster 3G 'Worldphone'

Good point, Gabe. I'm quite a fan of Google's voice activated search. I use it on an iPhone 3GS and it works flawlessly about 99 percent of the time. The kicker is that it takes into account my location so the search results are already filtered. It's actually very helpful when traveling.


So I tend to believe Apple when they say that Siri will be useful. It's obvious the technology has been out there and getting better for a while. Now they have the hardware capable of doing more to speed the process up.

alandal 12/5/2012 | 4:51:56 PM
re: Apple's Latest Is a Faster 3G 'Worldphone'

Google has been collecting all sorts of voice samples by offering free NA phone calls.


Has Apple done something similar that we are not aware of?

saramach 12/5/2012 | 4:51:55 PM
re: Apple's Latest Is a Faster 3G 'Worldphone'

.. agreed, it was not an iPhone5. But, even if it were an iPhone 5, the only differentiator would have been a bigger screen? And no one believed AAPL would bring 4G.. 3G was around when the first AAPL iphone came up with EDGE.


It seems to me that the general public has been misguided in what to look for in a smartphone (And only 20% of the people use 80% of the features). Samsung, HTC et el, have made people believe that it is the hardware with a BIG screen that matters... The software aspect is grossly overlooked.


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No, I don't have iOS, or Andriod, but used both extensively. To me, if all that has been promised in iPhone 4S ("Siri") works as advertised, and AAPL builds well on top of that (this is still beta), iPhone 4S will still be a killer device.


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Honestly, a company that works on 1 phone for more than an year (on its hardware and software) better come up with a much more refined product than one that creates models on the fly in the assembly line, picking hardware and software at random.. How many models does Samsung release in an year..? 52!!??

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