Apple juices iPhone up

Written by Tim Smalley

June 18, 2007 | 18:39

Tags: #3g #battery #browsing #edge #internet #iphone #jobs #juiced #life #macworld #music #phone #playback #steve #up #update #video

Companies: #apple

Apple told investors today that it has juiced up the iPhone, fixing two major flaws with the device, ahead of its June 29th launch in America.

After the announcement at this year's MacWorld event, the iPhone came under scrutiny from sceptics attempting to pick holes in the device, the biggest flaw being the fact that the battery was not removable.

The second flaw that critics highlighted was the screen, which was originally made out of plastic and could result in poor durability and scratching.

However, Apple has attempted to silence these critics with two improvements announced today.

Instead of the five hour talktime that was originally quoted, Apple has said that the new battery in the iPhone can achieve eight hours of talktime. Apple also added that the device can handle six hours on the Internets, seven hours of video playback and 24 hours of audio playback.

The second improvement that Apple has announced is that it has changed the screen from plastic to optical-quality glass, which should stop the device from being susceptible to scratching and less than stellar durability.

Of course, we're still puzzled as to why Apple has chosen not to support 3G data connectivity, especially considering its American partner, AT&T, has recently rolled this out. Instead, the device is currently limited to EDGE, which is slower than 3G. Even without 3G data connectivity though, the iPhone is starting to look more attractive in the run up to the launch. I'm sure Steve Jobs hopes that is the case anyway, as he's expecting to sell around 10 million iPhones before the end of next year.

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