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China-native iPhone, wider-screen iPod in works?

updated 11:20 am EDT, Tue May 26, 2009

iPhone China Model Rumor

Apple's upcoming revision to the iPhone could be the first to split the line into multiple versions based on the network, a supposed leak said on Tuesday. Rather than stick to a one-size-fits-all approach, the company is claimed by iLounge to be offering iPhones with different network speeds depending on the region. Those in the best-equipped countries will get iPhones with 7.2Mbps 3G; other countries would still have 3.6Mbps 3G, while a third phone would be specific to China.

It's not elaborated whether the Chinese version would simply remove 3G or else use the TD-SCDMA standard for 3G just now in use by China Mobile. The latter is backed by the government, which wants to promote the networking technlogy as a China-made format.

If true, the rumor would hint at the clearing of an impasse for providing the iPhone in the country. China Mobile has been in a long negotiation process that most believe has been stalled by a number of objections by the local provider, including an insistence that any 3G be provided over TD-SCDMA and that it have a hand in both the control and revenue of the App Store. China Unicom has also been in talks and would support the iPhone's existing 3G.

The same rumor also appears to support rumors of a camera-equipped iPod nano and claims that the music player will get a wider-aspect, 1.5:1 screen (up from 1.33:1) that shrinks, but keeps, the click wheel. It would also have an unusual placement for the camera. Rather than put it at the top as with the iPhone, it would put the camera roughly behind the click wheel and have users snap photos by tilting the iPod on its side.

This and the newer iPod touch, which may also get the camera, are purportedly scheduled for the summer and are believed to be shipping in September, when Apple historically unveils new iPods.

by MacNN Staff



  1. ZinkDifferent

    Joined: Dec 1969


    If you throw enough...

    ... Stuff against a wall, maybe some will stick?

    At least that seems to be the strategy of most analysts, lately.

    Creating region specific hardware products would not only go against what Apple is all about ("it's the software, stupid"). But would also erase any economic benefit from its manufacturing economies of scale. It would cost them significantly more to manufacture and ship region specific products, that it would eclipse any potential added sales from new markets.

    It is far more likely for Apple to release a newer, lower cost iPhone that will benefit them in the Chinese market, but still be available worldwide - and it won't be crippled to exclude wifi or 3G.

    With iPhones available to Chinese consumers via Apple's Hong and Taiwan stores, Apple does not need to cater to grizzled Chinese bureacrats - and they won't.

    Really, it seems brains are generally inshort supply with these analysts. Surprising they stay employed - but I suspect their bosses are even dumber, so don't catch on.

  1. iwantaiphone

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Finally, now I might be able to stop pretending to have an iPhone by using cause I have been waiting for the next iPhone update.

  1. Constable Odo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    It's more like if they...

    step in some doodoo, they'll have some of it stuck to their shoes when they keep grabbing all these rumors and thinking they're going to all be true.

    You know, there really isn't a need to guess about every little feature the iPhone might have. We can just wait until the product comes out. We should realize that there will be some improvements. Two sure things every year: a faster processor and more memory and that's about it.

  1. ZinkDifferent

    Joined: Dec 1969



    The Constable is correct - though tyecspeculation is kinds silly since all we need to know is already presented in iPhone software 3.0 - we know there will be better cameras, video, and a magnetometer. All evolutionary, logical improvements. More memory is a logical one, especially allocated to the CPU.

    Just double the CPU RAM, and improve the garbage collection subroutines, and the system will be twice as fast, even at present CPU speeds. Since the new ARM Cortex processor uses less power at higher speed it's a logical match.

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