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  • iPhone "3,1" Suggests Significant Hardware Change?



    Rumors abound this weekend that Apple is holding steadfast to the late Autumn tradition of previous years and is now once again testing new iPhone hardware that could be introduced as early as next summer.

    According to a report from 9to5Mac:

    Originally Posted by :
    Today we learned that new iPhones were found using apps with tracking software in the San Francisco area. The news is not surprising since the same thing has happened around this time of year for the past few years. This is the traditional time that Apple starts testing new iPhone hardware for release in summer.
    While the suggestion of "iPhone3,1" has been around for several months, dating back to its discovery in the iPhone firmware last August, the latest find of it in the San Francisco Bay Area could once again prove telling about what's to come for summer 2010.

    Originally Posted by :
    Former iPhones were labeled like this:

    * OG iPhone= 1,1
    * iPhone3G = 1,2
    * iPhone 3GS= 2,1
    * iPhone(PA Semi?) = 3,1
    Despite the find, we're still short on details with regard to the next gen iPhone, although there is no shortage of high hopes for its introduction, including wishes for a multi-core processor to dramatically improve performance. Some are even bandying about the idea of a processor from PA Semi, a Steve Jobs favorite. Rumors aside, all that is known for certain is that the 3,1 designation has many believing that the new iPhone hardware will represent a much bigger upgrade than the previous.

    Originally Posted by :
    The iPhone 3G wasn't a big upgrade from the original iPhone, hence only the point upgrade in the hardware code number. While it did add a 3G radio and GPS, the processor was still the ARM 11-based Samsung chip that was also used in the original iPod Touches.
    No matter how you slice it or complicate matters with unsubstantiated speculation, Apple is, indeed, clearing the way for a new iPhone offering. And sans any major security leaks, we will simply have to muster the patience to wait until next June or July to see what Cupertino has in store for us.

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    This article was originally published in forum thread: iPhone "3,1" Suggests Significant Hardware Change? started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 47 Comments
    1. subywrex's Avatar
      subywrex -
      I'll never understand why people say it's not worth uprading from 3g to 3gs. But it is worth the switch from 2g to 3gs. The 3g is practically a 2g with a new look and on a 3g network. It's still slow as heck that's why I upgraded. And let me tell you a lil something for the people not ellig for an upgrade once the iPhone is made for other carriers AT&T will not lose a customer they will give it at the upgrade price

      Hell in Jan I baught a 3g and complained enough that they let me early upgrade 7 months later lol
    1. eaglesteve's Avatar
      eaglesteve -
      I hope to see improvement in GPS and 3G reception, if not anyone else.
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Quote Originally Posted by subywrex View Post
      I'll never understand why people say it's not worth uprading from 3g to 3gs. But it is worth the switch from 2g to 3gs. The 3g is practically a 2g with a new look and on a 3g network. It's still slow as heck that's why I upgraded. And let me tell you a lil something for the people not ellig for an upgrade once the iPhone is made for other carriers AT&T will not lose a customer they will give it at the upgrade price

      Hell in Jan I baught a 3g and complained enough that they let me early upgrade 7 months later lol
      People who got a 2G when it came out are looking for a new phone, the 3GS is the way to go. Most people who got a 3G are still in their contract so can't get the upgrade price and if they could would have to sign up for a lengthy contract.
      I bought my iPhone 3G (I was not interested in the 2G at all) off eBay, for me the benefits of the 3GS are not worth the additional costs. The 3GS is better than the 3G without a doubt, but for most people, IMHO, not better enough to warrant the extra expense.
    1. subywrex's Avatar
      subywrex -
      I see where your coming from. But IMHO having owned both the 2g and 3g. I see abaolutly no differnce inperformance between the two other than of course the network speed. Now that I have a 3gs I could never go back to a 3g
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Network speed is what makes it for me - I would never consider a 2G phone. GPS also helps.
    1. iMacMar's Avatar
      iMacMar -
      Yea I hope its unlockable when it is I will sell my color-ware 3G S to buy this.. Im with subywrex I could never use 3g or 2g after having 3G S weird but true
    1. mwr_allen's Avatar
      mwr_allen -
      I thought this would happen.
      Since I am at the end of my O2-UK contract this month on my iPhone 3G I think I will keep it until summer 2010 just to see when the 4th gen iPhone is released and upgrade then, I know a whole bunch of people who are stuck in contract with their iPhone 3G and waiting for their 18 month contracts to end soon and will getting the iPhone 3GS so hopefully I will be laughing at all of them who will be stuck for at least 18 months with an iPhone 3GS and have to wait a while to get the 4th gen iPhone.
      ha ha.