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Report: Apple orders 4 million new iPhones, 3 different models

Apple has placed orders for four million units of new iPhone models, with delivery expected by the end of this quarter, according to a China Times report (Translated Link). The report goes on to state that Apple may introduce three distinct iPhone models, including a new 2.75G (EDGE) model, a new 3G model, and a third model created especially for the Chinese market. All three models are said to be similar in design to the current iPhone, and the report states that the introduction of a third, smaller model—often referred to as the iPhone nano—is unlikely. Prior reports have indicated that a future iPhone model would include an improved, 3.2 megapixel camera, 802.11n wireless network support, and video recording features; Apple is expected to reveal at least one new iPhone model at this year’s WWDC event, scheduled for June 8-12 in San Francisco. [via Mac Rumors]

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I will bet you anything that if Microsoft started licensing software from other companies for their development and service it would not be free (it cost money). Google has an ad supported revenue stream. Google local for browsers advertise on the search bar for locations willing to pay for advertising. They have to pay for the “tiles” they show .. it is NOT free. Apple had to pay for the development of google maps as well as payment for licensing for the use of the tiles because it is does not support their revenue stream. With the iPhone, those deals are part of a phone agreement and is not covered by iPod. It makes perfect sense they would pass that cost on to the consumers ... all companies do this. They are there to make money, not pay for your free handout.

Posted by Christopher Cox on April 14, 2009 at 9:56 AM (CDT)


I also want to add that goole maps for other mobile devices are free because they are an advertising tool by Google and bares the Google name everywhere. Apple wanted “maps” to look integrated with their whole package and not advertise for another company. It is not “Google Maps” with their brand recognition (including colors) because Apple paid Google to license the software.

Again ... it is silly to expect Apple to give it to you free with no royalties paid. Apple pays google, google pays Tele Atlas and Europa Technologies. The map data is not free.

Posted by Christopher Cox on April 14, 2009 at 10:04 AM (CDT)

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