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  • Next iPhone to Come in "Fast" and "Slow" Versions
    In the most recent iPhone rumor via iLounge it appears that Apple is going to be producing two different iPhone models differentiated by data speed.

    The "slow" model will be a 3g phone. The fast model will be an enhanced 3g model supporting 3.5/3.75g speeds. Americans on AT&T will most likely get the enhanced 3g model to support AT&T's upcoming 7.2 Mbps data network. Customers will not get a choice on whether they want the normal 3g or the enhanced version. Versions will be sold based on on country and carrier capabilities. The third model of the phone to be thrown in the mix will be a Chinese version for sale exclusively in China.

    While you wont be able to pick which speed your carrier is offering, you will be able to pick storage size. It is still up for debate whether it is going to be an 8/32GB choice or a 16/32GB choice. We don't think Apple will be offering any 64GB models.

    Finally iLounge also corroborated the rumor that the next iPhone will have a rubber back instead of the cracky plastic. What a shame -- the metal back was my favorite.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Next iPhone to Come in "Fast" and "Slow" Versions started by Cody Overcash View original post
    Comments 43 Comments
    1. Hyperextension's Avatar
      Hyperextension -
      Timberlake says...."Apple's bringing rubber back..."
    1. lilskaterpunk's Avatar
      lilskaterpunk -
      Rubbers suck!
    1. kenfly's Avatar
      kenfly -
      Quote Originally Posted by tattoojack View Post
      yay first for once, j/k

      i hope the black rubber is false
      it will hang on ur pockets



      plus, i think they are gonna keep it all the same except the 3.0 software and 16/32gb options only.

      just my 2 cents
      didnt even think of that. rubber back clings to inside of pockets. wow that would not be wise for apple.Metal back was sleek and sexy anyways.
    1. thetoothfairy's Avatar
      thetoothfairy -
      oh god... slow, fast and rubber backs? Of course most of us would want the fast one.... but rubber backs? I would want to be able to choose what one I would like... and I will agree with cash... I liked the metal back better myself....

      Blah..... rubber back and probably be all black.....
    1. Truckerbear's Avatar
      Truckerbear -
      Here is my thoughts... I still live in a (slow) Edge area. And in downtown Nashville at Vanderbilt there is no 3G! Very few spots in Nashville are stable 3G areas. So how about worry about getting the areas that have crappy speeds, sped up to 3G and then get these areas on the FAST speeds.
    1. royalnewjersey's Avatar
      royalnewjersey -
      I don't get it... why does everyone suddenly think that there will be an 8gb and a 32gb? Why would apple NOT upgrade the sizes to 16gb and 32gb? (like they have done with EVERY SINGLE iPod update since it's creation)

      I just don't see why they would break the tradition now... and why? An 8gb version wouldn't be THAT much cheaper for them... and is slowly becoming too small for us.
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      The rumours of the 8Gb/32Gb seem to stem from a report of the 16Gb being discontinued. I think it far more likeley that that is related to the fact that their will be a new 16Gb (along with a 32Gb) and so they are trying to stop existing 16Gb earlier than the 8Gb for which, i believe, there will be no direct replacement. Inbelieve the new models will be 16Gb/32Gb

      @Napoleon Phoneapart - there will almost certainly be new devices, my question is why would they restrict the speed on some versions. One that is capable of 7.2Mb is compatible with 3G so why produce a 2nd version restricted to 3G only?
    1. siginthehead's Avatar
      siginthehead -
      Quote Originally Posted by royalnewjersey View Post
      I don't get it... why does everyone suddenly think that there will be an 8gb and a 32gb? Why would apple NOT upgrade the sizes to 16gb and 32gb? (like they have done with EVERY SINGLE iPod update since it's creation)

      I just don't see why they would break the tradition now... and why? An 8gb version wouldn't be THAT much cheaper for them... and is slowly becoming too small for us.
      I agree, but i should point out that the iPod classic went from being either 80/160gb to 120 gb, so they have done some strange "upgrades" before now.
    1. shabz_de_don's Avatar
      shabz_de_don -
      hmmm, sounds godd.... but rubber back... i donno about that idea... sounds bad, yea ill stick with me metal back!
    1. Fallguy's Avatar
      Fallguy -
      I always said to go with a composite back . I mean their making a ton of money on everything else (app store , itunes ), why not splurge a little and give the consumers something that will hold up to the every day wear and tear . Well the answer to that is because they dont have to !
    1. Jordo_6's Avatar
      Jordo_6 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Capt.D View Post
      If it's like the Motorola phones it will be nice.
      You really think so? yes the rubber was good on the black or blue Motorola V3x but I hated how it would peal off through time.

      But guess things can't stay mint forever.
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      The reason there is a plastic back on the 3G is nothing to do with saving money and everything to do with letting the signal get through to the 3G antennae.
    1. jayson9's Avatar
      jayson9 -
      So.... I am guessing that the slow 3G is just like the current 3G version? And it will always be as slow as it is now? Even after any future software upgrades?

      I guess I don't have to eat the whole "apple", to know that its bad...... I think I have my last iPhone for sure.
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      The current one is HSDPA up to 3.6Mbs and is certainly not slow. What speeds do you get on speedtest?

      The 3G one will be a LOT slower as its limited to 384kbs
    1. djdraco's Avatar
      djdraco -
      I like the metal and plastic backings. Made it easy to set it on the table an spin it when I was bored. I feel bad for all you guys who can't enjoy the 3g coverage. I guess I lucked out. I live in Annapolis, MD. If a capital city dint have 3g I'd be writing to my congressman. Haha.
    1. designgears's Avatar
      designgears -
      Quote Originally Posted by dale1v View Post
      quoted for truth
      apparently you missed all the apple/china drama over the iphone...

      If my iPhone only supports 3g, thats just that many more components I don't have to have in the phone. cheaper overall production costs, cheaper for me. That is assuming they aren't going to raise the price.
    1. adp's Avatar
      adp -
      so does this mean we'll have to worry about eBay re-sellers trying to make us believe they are selling us the new "fast iPhone" when in reality they are giving us the China version? How would they differentiate and how would a noob user be able to tell? I was already bothered enough by the Ciphone!
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Quote Originally Posted by designgears View Post
      apparently you missed all the apple/china drama over the iphone...

      If my iPhone only supports 3g, thats just that many more components I don't have to have in the phone. cheaper overall production costs, cheaper for me. That is assuming they aren't going to raise the price.
      Apple/China drama?

      What extra components? I am not certain but I believe it is just an enhanced antennae that is needed to receive HSDPA which should not cost much, if any, more than a 3G antennae. I would have thought the costs of producing two different devices would exceed any savings. Do you know differnt?

      Quote Originally Posted by adp View Post
      so does this mean we'll have to worry about eBay re-sellers trying to make us believe they are selling us the new "fast iPhone" when in reality they are giving us the China version? How would they differentiate and how would a noob user be able to tell? I was already bothered enough by the Ciphone!
      The Chinese version runs on their own unique technology and will work nowhere else in the world.
    1. boe_dye's Avatar
      boe_dye -
      the ability to drive from point a to point b while I am listening to internet radio, and not jumping between Edge and 3G...

      What would be even nicer would be when i pull out my 3G iphone, and go to do something like watch a YouTube Video or try to show someone something while I wait for my food, and not have to wait for the phone to connect to the 3G network cause it's stuck on the Edge Network.

      What would be even nicer still, would be not having my phone jump back and forth between the Edge Network and 3G network while I am taking a break in my own bathroom, while the rest of my house easily and without fail get's 3G.

      I think what I am trying to say is that they can "boost" their iPhone speeds all they want. Buy who really cares if I have an modem that can theoretically do 10 meg download speeds when i only have a service that can only do 2?
    1. designgears's Avatar
      designgears -
      Quote Originally Posted by confucious View Post
      Apple/China drama?
      iPhone inches closer to China ? The Register

      that is some of it, and that is march 5 2009, so they are just no getting the iphone.

      Quote Originally Posted by confucious View Post
      What extra components? I am not certain but I believe it is just an enhanced antennae that is needed to receive HSDPA which should not cost much, if any, more than a 3G antennae. I would have thought the costs of producing two different devices would exceed any savings. Do you know different?
      ifixitanno.jpg (image)

      This is my reference, you can see the 2 chips, one for edge and one for 3g. IF the phone is 3G+ only, why have the edge chip?