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Apple Release 3G iPhone


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Date: Tue, 10 Jun 2008 23:53:44 +1000

Apple's announcement of the new iPhone 4G must have been the least surprising announcement from a tech company this year.

What would have been really surprising would have been Apple's failure to release a 3G iPhone.

The integrated package, that Apple offer, differs markedly from Google's Android, which is essentially an open source framework that could theoretically run on any platform, but will probably run best on intel hardware.

Initially Android and iPhone will be in different niches. Android is more likely to be competing with Symbian and Windows. However if Android establishes a good foothold in the lower end of the market, it won't be long before Android and iPhone are competing.

By offering the new iPhone at a lower cost, Apple hope to establish a large customer base in the USA and get developers on board now. By offering the new phone for an upfront cost of $199 US, Apple are now in the lower end of the market. Admitedly at the higher portion of the lower end of the market, but since the iPhone functions as a PDA (and and iPod), the $199 price tag is quite aggressive and indicates that Apple intend to get a headstart on the competition.

The new iPhone has certainly generated a lot of heat in the media.

In Australia, the iPhone will be available from Optus and Vodaphone. However it won't be long before Telstra is also offering them.

It will be interesting to see what happens when some complete Android packages enter the market.


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