Apple announces iPhone – already obsolete?
Hey Apple – 2004 called, they want their technology back.
Today at Macworld (which suspiciously lacked anything new about, well, Macs), Apple announced that this summer they’ll be offering the iPhone, a slick looking device that is likely to be the best blend of music player, cell phone, and PDA that we’ve seen so far.
But apparently no one at Apple has bought a cell phone since 2004.
That’s right… apparently the iPhone uses, and no I’m not joking… EDGE. That’s right, your iPhone might as well be a dial-up modem. Not ~800kbps like I’ve been getting from EVDO for over a year and a half, or the faster EVDO Rev A stuff rolling out now. Definitely not the ~1mbps HSDPA / UMTS speed like all the fancy new Cingular smartphones. Just good old 80-110kbps EDGE, a worse connection than I had on my Treo 600 in 2003.
Lame. Really lame. Right now I’m thinking about replacing my PPC-6700 with a BlackJack. Nothing announced today has made me even have a second thought about that.
Looks like Michael Gartenberg agrees.