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iPhone News Bit Round-Up

Believe it or not, there's actually a few interesting tidbits of iPhone-related news floating around out there today. Some are blaming Apple for the iPhone's connectivity woes, others predict that Apple will sell 10 million iPhones this quarter, and yet others say evidence of the next iPhone has been spotted.

Eric Ogren

December 14, 2009

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Believe it or not, there's actually a few interesting tidbits of iPhone-related news floating around out there today. Some are blaming Apple for the iPhone's connectivity woes, others predict that Apple will sell 10 million iPhones this quarter, and yet others say evidence of the next iPhone has been spotted.Apple or AT&T's Fault

Today the New York Times' ran an interesting article suggesting that Apple is behind all the iPhone's problems with respect to AT&T's network. The iPhone, after all, was made by Apple and not AT&T, so it should bear some responsibility, right? Maybe.

Randall Stross writes, "The iPhone itself may not be so great after all. Its design is contributing to performance problems. Roger Entner, senior vice president for telecommunications research at Nielsen, said the iPhone's 'air interface,' the electronics in the phone that connect it to the cell towers, had shortcomings that 'affect both voice and data.'"

This post has been flamed pretty hard across the Internet today, with one blog calling it "bunkum".

I say it takes two to tango. My personal experience with the iPhone on networks other than AT&T's has so far been unflawed.

10 Million iPhones In 4Q09?

The DigiTimes says that integrated circuit sales suggest Apple is on course to have a 10-million-iPhones-sold fourth quarter. It reports, "In the third quarter of 2009, sales of the Apple iPhone 3GS far exceeded expectations, and sales are expected to reach 10 million in the fourth quarter of 2009. iPhone chip suppliers have benefited from this development."

That's a heck of a prediction. Can Apple pull it off? Will each market reach a saturation point for the number of iPhones sold? I suppose anything is possible. Despite the negative press that AT&T's network gets here in the U.S., the device remains to be popular.

iPhone OS 4.0 Already Out There?

The Boy Genius is reporting that his browser logs reveal evidence of iPhone OS 3.1.3 and OS 4.0. In other words, new versions of software for the iPhone are on the way.

I think it is safe to assume that Apple will continue to evolve the iPhone's software, so evidence such as this is believable. The real question is, what about evidence of new hardware?

Not everyone is a believe, though. MacRumors calls Boy Genius' data "sketchy," as it is easy to fake some of this information in browser code, so take it with a grain of salt.

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