3G iPhone with GPS on the way… next year

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iphone-3G-GPS.jpgJust 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…

(Via TheStreet)

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