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Jobs: battery life issues delaying 3G iPhone

updated 10:40 am EDT, Tue September 18, 2007

Jobs, UK cell carrier Q&A

Apple on Tuesday said that battery life was the main reason for the delay behind a faster 3G version of the iPhone and that it is not expected to be released in near future. Following the announcement of the UK iPhone deal with O2, Apple chief Steve Jobs and a representative of UK cellular carrier O2 agreed to a Q&A session during Apple's special event at the Regent Street store in London. Jobs said the faster third-generation ("3G") wireless technology will come to iPhone once the company can maintain at least five or more hours of battery life, countering recent claims by analysts, The industry has been waiting for faster mobile connectivity, as many have lamented the speeds of the woefully slow AT&T EDGE network.

Jobs said that limited battery of the 3G chip sets would severely restrict use of the phone and that Apple's 8-hour battery life was designed to allow users the freedom to use their phone's internet and music services without thinking of battery life.

"The 3G chipsets that are available to semiconductors work reasonably well except for power. They are real power hogs," he told the audience. "So as you know, the handset battery life used to be 5-6 hours for GSM, but when we got to 3G they got cut in half. Most 3G phones have battery lives of 2-3 hours [of talk time]."

While Jobs believes that the battery life will increase to that level, he said that users may not see that until "late next year."

In addition, the Q&A revealed that the bundled WiFi service for UK/O2 customers will be powered by Cloud.

Apple's boss also suggested that the iTunes-Starbucks deal could migrate overseas but that the decision rests in the hands of the coffee company.

Interestingly, the session also revealed that contract length and usage limits in the UK will stand at 18 month contracts with a limit of 1,400 pages per day. Confirming earlier reports, O2 is investing in EDGE technology and currently has 30 percent coverage, according to SlashGear.

Jobs also admitted that Apple is already working on the next two versions of the iPhone, and says he hasn't planned any more iPhone price cuts -- after the recent controversy over the $200 price drop that some believed was staged -- but warned that it's technology, reaffirming statements made in his apology letter to early adopters.

by MacNN Staff




  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969


    3G is a waste of time.

    All these reporters are coughing in this video. What the h***? Its very distracting. Keep smoking the cigarettes, idiots.

    3G on the iPhone is a waste of time, why not go to 4G? WiMax kills the 3G data rates and solves the battery problem.

  1. slider

    Joined: Dec 1969


    iPhone (fatty)

    Or Apple could just double the size and call it the iPhone fatty. I'm sure everyone would be happy with that. Or just let the phone operate for 2 hours. Nobody will have a problem with that either.

  1. Fast iBook

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I told all of you about 3G vs edge months ago, this is a frivolity, you don't need 3G. Just wait till something better than 3G comes along, then push for that!

  1. macadore

    Joined: Dec 1969


    3G on iPhone

    If Apple makes iPhone battery swappable, and they should, then they'd sell more batteries and 3G iPhones. I'd love to know exactly why they didn't do it already, unless they are looking to leapfrog over 3G altogether, and go to 4G WiMax.

    I don't know much about 4G WiMax, except that it's the next Big Thing, supposedly... Meanwhile, 3G Moguls like Verizon and others will probably kill Apple for that kind of leap frog, cause they'd not make their 3G investments back... Hope someone who knows about all this comments on it. Thanks!

  1. Herod

    Joined: Dec 1969


    sneaky steve

    hes says it wont be released in the near future so all the suckers like myself, will go out and get the current model.

    ill probably do it anyway knowing his master plan.

  1. chotty

    Joined: Dec 1969


    If I had to hear...

    that f**king woman cough ONE MORE TIME!!!

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Wow, I didn't realize that Europeans were such idiots for buying up all these 3G phones that just run out of power after 17 minutes of usage.

    What is it with you people?? And why are they whining that the phone doesn't use it. Must be all those Windows users who don't know what they're talking about.

  1. zl9600

    Joined: Dec 1969


    a reminder

    that 3G in THIS country is available only in select metropolitan areas and even then is spotty and speeds are inconsistent.

    While faster than EDGE, EDGE is more reliable, and being able to download email outside a 3G service area is more important to me. I don't really care. This phone has saved my a$$ so many times I can't count.

    And of course testudo complains. The type of customer you simply say "well then go buy that fat-assed Samsung your Euro friends love so much"

  1. ender

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Anyone know the volume an iPhone battery takes up? Would making the iPhone 1 mm thicker provide enough extra volume to double the size of the battery? Would anyone (other than Steve Jobs) really care if the iPhone was 1 mm thicker?

    Problem solved!

  1. yakirz

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Why the 1400 page limit?

    I've never understood usage limits... If I'm paying US $59+ for mobile internet per month (and barely faster than dialup sometimes), let me use as much as I want!

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