3G iPhone 2.0 launches! Really disappointing or really cool?
Steve Jobs is back after all the developer stuff – and he says he wants to talk about something close to his heart... “the iPhone”. He says it’s been available for nearly a year, and has had tremendous critical acclaim – “the best invention of the year” – the “phone that changed phones”.
90% customer satisfaction, says Jobs. “It’s off the charts – so wonderful. 98% are mobile browsing. 94% using email, 90% using text messaging, 80% are using 10 or more features – you can’t even begin how to use the features on other phones”, said Jobs.
“In the first year we sold 6 million iPhones in the first year”, said Jobs. “We learnt a lot from the first iPhone”.
What are the next challenges we have to climb, asks Jobs?
3G Networks, enterprise support, third party apps, selling the iPhone in more countries. He said they only sell iPhones in 6 countries so far, but they’re all over the world, so it’s clear there is demand for the iPhone in many more countries. Last but not least everyone wants an iPhone at a more affordable price.
The number one thing people want is a more affordable iPhone – and today, says Jobs, we’re introducing the “iPhone 3G”.
Thinner at the edges, full plastic back, solid metal buttons, same 3.5-inch display, camera, flush headphone jack, dramatically improved audio – feels even better in your hand, says Jobs.
How does the iPhone 3G tackle the challenges?
3G – for faster data downloads in the browser, in email. Downloading a site on EDGE and 3G – it’s obviously much faster on 3G. 21 seconds on 3G, EDGE is 59 seconds.
3G is 2.8 times faster. Even more remarkable compared with Wi-Fi – they’re approaching Wi-Fi speeds.
Jobs took two other state of the art 3G phones – the iPhone is 36% faster at browsing than Nokia N95 and Treo 750.
Downloading an email attachment 3.6 times faster in 3G. 5 seconds for 3G, 18 seconds for EDGE.
Compared to Wi-Fi, 3G is approaching Wi-Fi speeds.
So we clearly can give “faster data” – and “we’re doing this with great battery life”.
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