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iPhone battery life may fall short of claims

updated 01:05 pm EDT, Tue June 19, 2007

Price concerns for iPhone

While analysts remain generally upbeat regarding the prospects for Apple's iPhone, some are beginning to posit some questions about price, battery life, and keyboard functionality as the launch date enters a two-week frame. Shaw Wu with American Technology research thinks that the keyboard will be one of the biggest points of contention for early adopters of the device. Saying that the keyboard will "likely require a learning curve for most users,' Wu reports in a research note that he is not overly concerned believe users will likely spend the majority of their time on navigation-type tasks, i.e. scrolling through menus, surfing the web, etc. Wu also points out that iPhone's firmware and software will be easy to upgrade in the case of user distaste.

Wu also cautions on Apple's new battery life estimates, saying that sources have indicated iPhone's active use battery life may be closer to around 4-5 hours for heavy use instead of the 8 hours recently claimed by Apple.

The research note also raises concerns over the iPhone's lack of integration with corporate email services, saying "Our sources indicate that iPhone works with corporate e-mail systems based on Microsoft Exchange, but will not be as robust as the push technology offered by Blackberry." The iPhone has been publicly confirmed to sport IMAP connectivity to Exchange servers, but not full support for Exchange functionality.

Finally, Wu says that lower-priced iPhones are already in the pipeline, due to be delivered shortly after the initial device's release, propelling market penetration.

American Technology Research has set a $145 price target for shares of AAPL.

by MacNN Staff




  1. JEB

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Saying that the keyboard will "likely require a learning curve for most users,'

    I kind of see this as a moot point; most little keyboards can never really be full featured. Apple could even make use of the widescreen and make a huge-a** keyboard if they wanted . . . Analyze-away, Wu Sahaw, analyze away.

    We'll see next week!


  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Battery life

    These anaylsts never read the claims properly, then make mistatements constantly. I think they do this do bash Apple and get sensational hits for their articles.

    Apple claims 8 hours of talk-time, not 8 hours of heavy use. This guy is an idiot, and the iPhone still hhas great talk time compared to most Smart phones.

  1. eldarkus

    Joined: Dec 1969



    and the Blackberry doesnt have a learning curve? The Palm? Text messaging? cell phones in general?? Well.. DUH!!!

    and of course the battery life wont be the full time they claim? thats why Apple, and every single company who makes a battery operated device uses the words "up to" Another DUH!!!

    Thanks for educating those with an IQ lower than 20, Wu.. good job! :)

  1. ronboor

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Battery Life

    Guessing at battery life is fruitless till we have some in our hands, another 2 weeks from now. So writing articles like this only lowers Apple Stock price, tho I guess some idiots will read the headlines and drive up the number of readers. After all, we read and even commented on this. Sad that there are so many naysayers without even a product in their hands to accurately talk about.

  1. mike3k

    Joined: Dec 1969


    just guessing

    How the $#!@ can he possibly know until he actually has one in his hands and uses it in real world conditions. Until then, any such statements are nothing but guesses.

  1. msuper69

    Joined: Dec 1969



    and the iPhone might also live up to the battery life claims....

    Both are equally possible so how is this news?

  1. ZinkDifferent

    Joined: Dec 1969



    ...always amazes me the kind of clearcut statements analysts are able to make about products they have not even had a chance to touch, much less evaluate... These guys must always be right in everything they predict (sarcasm dripping)

  1. marmotton

    Joined: Dec 1969



    MacNN: Please stop reporting stupid news like those. The iPhone is not even released. Of course some people will want to complain.

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