Why didn’t Apple include 3G on their current-generation iPhone? Obviously because the 3G radio would sap battery power like it was water – Apple said it, so it must be true. Right? Actually, I’ve thought about this a good deal and I’ve come up with my own conspiracy theory as to why Apple didn’t bring 3G to their initial iPhone launch.
Apple could have failed to license the appropriate tech to launch the iPhone with 3G. Apple could have been stretched to their design limits and a 3G chipset just didn’t work with their expectations. Apple just didn’t have the technical savvy to integrate 3G into their design. Or, the exclusion of 3G could have just been a marketing ploy to sell more second-generation iPhones.
Now, all those theories are the most unreliable kind – conspiracy theories borne of a paranoid geek’s mind. But, it seems that Steve Wozniak is also in doubt over Jobs’s “battery life” concerns with 3G. The Woz was recently quoted as saying,
“I don’t understand why it would be a battery issue. I get as much life on my 3G phones as I do on my non-3G phones. Maybe I’m wrong, maybe I’m not paying close enough attention. But I don’t think that’s it though.”
Was Apple really just citing iPhone battery life as a cop-out to cover up the real reason that 3G wasn’t included? Or does a 3G chipset really drain the small, sealed battery that fast?
Who cares, I’ll have a 3G iPhone soon enough…