A few rumors have been popping up lately about T-Mobile supporting the iPhone. With the release of the iPhone 5 just around the corner, T-Mobile is trying everything they can to secure customers. They are rolling out training for their employees to help sell against the iPhone and encouraging customers to bring their unlocked iPhone to the T-Mobile network to save money over the other guys.
Now it appears T-Mobile will have in store displays demonstrating unlocked iPhones running on their 3G network (and possibly 4G network with the iPhone 5). We don’t have a lot of details right now but we do know that store managers were asked to activate a new microSIM before the end of August, but not told what device it would used with.
T-Mobile has said that their 4G network will be compatible with the iPhone by the end of the year. That is only a few months to rollout the whole country. Some cities have already seen their iPhone running on T-Mobile’s 3G network. Unfortunatly even T-Mobile’s customer support has no clue on the official rollout process and are currently pushing customers to purchase other 4G phones in the meantime, like the Samsung Galaxy S III.
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Well, these past 72 hours have been very exciting. It seems as though the 4th generation iPhone that was leaked both back in February 20th and the one from Saturday night is, in fact, real.
There was never any doubt in my mind that this was the next iPhone. Now, Gizmodo has obtained the mysterious device and has even opened it.
As expected, the insides were full of “APPLE” logos and trademarks. It wasn’t a red circuit board, meaning that this may, in fact be, the final production model that we will see in June. I bet Apple is jusf working on the OS.
Now. according to Gizmodo, they managed to get the device, it indeed has a camera flash, way better back facing camera, and a new high resolution front facing camera.
Not only that, but the screen is high resolution. They say that the USB cable picture that the iPhone shows when it’s in restore mode was in such a high resolution, that they couldn’t see any individual pixels.
Not just that, they say that it behaved as an iPhone when hooked up to a computer. iTunes, XCode, and the Finder/Explorer discovered it as an iPhone in DFU mode. As well as the Vendor IDs not matching any previous iPhone.
Now, they do say that it does indeed take microSIMs. This is still a very odd choice to me. I refused to believe this until Gizmodo did a tear down. Now, it is slightly heavier. 3 grams heavier.
So why the new square design? Because it can’t support having curves on it. The internals are as squished together as possible. Apple made the battery 18% larger than the 3GS battery, as well as radically miniturizing the internal parts. Everything is insanely small.read more