3G iPhone with GPS on the way… next year
Just half an hour to go until Apple’s press conference to launch the UK iPhone kicks off, but it seems 3G won’t be on the menu. TheStreet is reporting that a 3G iPhone is being developed, but won’t go on sale until the first quarter of 2008.
However, the silver lining is that the handset is set to include GPS for beefed-up mapping and navigation services. To be specific, Broadcom’s Global Locate is apparently supplying assisted GPS chips for the second-generation iPhone, which should make it quicker to get a signal than pure GPS.
Although mapping would presumably be the focus for GPS on the iPhone, you can imagine it tying in with a 3G iTunes Store application, letting you check what people in your locality have been buying, and download stuff over the air. Not a hugely important selling point, I grant you…