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iPhone Rumor Convergence 2009

Both The Register (Rumor rubberizes iPhone 3.0) and Wired (Next-Gen iPhone Specs, Launch Date Revealed) are running iPhone rumor roundup stories.

Both blindly missed two obvious and likely candidates for coming new iPhone features.

  1. 802.11n, which is a natural and obvious next step in the platform's growth, and rumored here: iPhone 802.11n?
  2. update to the next step in the ATT HSDPA (3G) network (along with an updated radio chipset in the iPhone) which will roughly double the speed of the iPhone's 3G network, from 3.6 Mbit/sec to 7.3 Mbit/sec, (See "3G buildout" in this AT&T Ralph de la Vega interview by Engadget),

Coming a full week before the WWDC 2009 keynote address, this is an amusing ploy to snatch some eye-balls from the traditional Apple rumor-mongering blogs. The rumor blogs typically sum up such rurmors the day prior to major events and garner gazillions of web hits for doing so. Amusingly, both The Register and Wired pitch the expected 3rd generation iPhone as a "minor update", listing rather major interesting potential features while doing so, like video capture, double the memory, 50% improvement in battery life, and other features which would be considered substantial in any other cell phone platform. Oh, they are so bored with technology! Whoa is them!

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