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  • AT&T Chief Envisions iPhone Future


    AT&T chief executive, Ralph De la Vega, unveiled a long list of intended future capabilities at the Web 2.0 Summit Thursday during his interview with TechCrunch's Michael Arrington (this was the same conversation that told of an application that AT&T is working on that will soon give way to an official iPhone 3G tethering solution.)

    De la Vega said, “Before a future version of Apple's iPhone wakes you up in the morning, it will have downloaded the morning's news feeds and sent a message to your coffee maker to begin brewing a fresh pot…If you'd rather read the morning news on your TV while you sip your fresh brewed cup of Joe, you'll be able to simply wave the handset towards the TV to throw the day's feeds up on the big screen.”

    But it does not even stop there, de la Vega told Arlington that with future versions of the iPhone you could lock the doors to your house, start your car and not worry about messing with your car radio because your music on your iPhone would automatically sync with your car’s stereo system.

    De la Vega also described how the iPhone would function in the work place, listing features such as easily orchestrating conference calls and how the iPhone will handle automatic translations in real time.

    If this all sounds a bit far fetched to you, you are not alone. PC World's Mark Sullivan writes, "Some of this sounds pretty far-flung to me, and if this were some start-up company talking about these 'exciting new plans,' I'd probably take it with a grain of salt." However he then acknowledges, "But in my experience, AT&T plays it pretty close to the vest on its future plans, and usually does what it says it will do, eventually."

    De la Vega also revealed that there are plans to begin using a new swath of 850 MHz spectrum to improve its 3G signal quality in densely populated areas like New York City.

    Source: AppleInsider | AT&T chief lays out futuristic vision for the iPhone
    This article was originally published in forum thread: AT&T Chief Envisions iPhone Future started by AppleChic View original post
    Comments 25 Comments
    1. mgamber's Avatar
      mgamber -
      Heh....agreed, given the current state of AT&T and it's pitiful, overpriced service, I'm not sure the "chief" really has any place envisioning anything outside of his getting their act together and delivering what they promise. Further, I think Apple's "chief" is perfectly capable of pissing of it's own users without needing AT&T to piss off even more.
    1. cricketlang's Avatar
      cricketlang -
      I would just be happy with copy and paste at this point. i really dont ask for too much out of the iphone and i really dont think copy and paste is that big of a thing to ask for. i mean really....even stupid lame cheap phones have it.
    1. imagine engine's Avatar
      imagine engine -
      How about Apple getting the following (see below) working first before having the iPhone make our coffee? Note: #1, 3, 4, 5, 10 and 11 are available to jailbroken iPhones through Cydia so don't let Apple or even AT&T trick you into believing they came up with the solution first as it has already been done.

      1. Tethering.
      2. A2DP.
      3. MMS.
      4. Ability to record both video and audio in MPEG4 to send as a podcast.
      5. Ability to change light settings, digital zoom and have a timer for the camera.
      6. Ability to type in landscape mode even when using SMS or mobile chat application.
      7. Turn by Turn GPS Navigation.
      8. Voice Command and Voice Dial with out needing a third party solution.
      9. Ability to remote wipe data for MobileMe subscribers.
      10. Ability to run apps in the background.
      11. Ability to theme the iPhone.
      12. Ability to edit documents, not just read them.
      13. Copy/Paste.
    1. mscookie's Avatar
      mscookie -
      I am laughing at the post too. I mean it's true. You want to give the riches but leave us, in the meantime, with the rags...what's up with that?
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      Quote Originally Posted by imagine engine View Post
      How about Apple getting the following (see below) working first before having the iPhone make our coffee? Note: #1, 3, 4, 5, 10 and 11 are available to jailbroken iPhones through Cydia so don't let Apple or even AT&T trick you into believing they came up with the solution first as it has already been done.

      1. Tethering.
      2. A2DP.
      3. MMS.
      4. Ability to record both video and audio in MPEG4 to send as a podcast.
      5. Ability to change light settings, digital zoom and have a timer for the camera.
      6. Ability to type in landscape mode even when using SMS or mobile chat application.
      7. Turn by Turn GPS Navigation.
      8. Voice Command and Voice Dial with out needing a third party solution.
      9. Ability to remote wipe data for MobileMe subscribers.
      10. Ability to run apps in the background.
      11. Ability to theme the iPhone.
      12. Ability to edit documents, not just read them.
      13. Copy/Paste.
      14. Ability for iPhone to do my homework
      15. Ability to walk my dog.
      16. Ability to pick up my dog's poop.
      17. 5.1 surround sound
      18. Ability to chase away neighbor's dog who chases my dog
      19. Quadruple-boot Windows Mobile/Android/Fedora (because hey, a computer device WITHOUT linux isn't a computer device)
      20. Ability to scan and recognize text from pictures and turn them to docuemtns

      Feel free to keep adding to the list folks, I'll come up with more once I take my dog out because my phone clearly can't by itself.