updated 11:20 am EDT, Tue May 26, 2009
iPhone China Model Rumor
Apple's upcoming revision to the iPhone could be the first to split the line into multiple versions based on the network, a supposed leak said on Tuesday. Rather than stick to a one-size-fits-all approach, the company is claimed by iLounge to be offering iPhones with different network speeds depending on the region. Those in the best-equipped countries will get iPhones with 7.2Mbps 3G; other countries would still have 3.6Mbps 3G, while a third phone would be specific to China.
It's not elaborated whether the Chinese version would simply remove 3G or else use the TD-SCDMA standard for 3G just now in use by China Mobile. The latter is backed by the government, which wants to promote the networking technlogy as a China-made format.
If true, the rumor would hint at the clearing of an impasse for providing the iPhone in the country. China Mobile has been in a long negotiation process that most believe has been stalled by a number of objections by the local provider, including an insistence that any 3G be provided over TD-SCDMA and that it have a hand in both the control and revenue of the App Store. China Unicom has also been in talks and would support the iPhone's existing 3G.
The same rumor also appears to support rumors of a camera-equipped iPod nano and claims that the music player will get a wider-aspect, 1.5:1 screen (up from 1.33:1) that shrinks, but keeps, the click wheel. It would also have an unusual placement for the camera. Rather than put it at the top as with the iPhone, it would put the camera roughly behind the click wheel and have users snap photos by tilting the iPod on its side.
This and the newer iPod touch, which may also get the camera, are purportedly scheduled for the summer and are believed to be shipping in September, when Apple historically unveils new iPods.