• Jun 9, 2008
For those living under a rock, you'll be surprised to learn that Apple announced a new iPhone today that, along with 3G support for faster downloads, features GPS built into the popular phone. While current iPhones can pinpoint your location and provide a Google Map to a destination, they can't hold your hand while traveling and let you know when to turn. The new iPhone available July 11th will be able to do just that like GPS nav systems from well known manufacturers like TomTom or Garmin. We don't know if the new iPhone will also provide voice prompts for directions, so it may turn out to be down a feature or two from a full fledged nav system still, and unfortunately the new case design, which is very similar to the current model but can now be had in white for the 16 GB model, does not come with a suction cup to affix Apple's gravy train device to your windshield. We're sure third-party providers are working on windshield mounts as we speak. The new iPhone will cost just $199 for an 8 GB model and $299 for a 16 GB model, though, which may help some stomach the mandatory contract with AT&T. Check out all the Apple coverage you could ever want at our sibling-site Engadget below.
[Source: Engadget]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Well, that contract isn't really "mandatory" is it now?
        • 6 Years Ago
        It is Per sae, until they come out with another Jail Break for 2.0 it's going to be useless without AT&T activation. Also, if you jail break the iPhones you void your warranty and can end up with you phone "Bricked" which is no fun.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow! A 2MP camera? What the hell is the point of that?

      I guess I'll be waiting for the next one, Apple. Way to make a completely pointless camera.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I use an SLR for my photos. There's not a phone out there that touches it in terms of image quality. Using your logic, I should autocross my minivan since it has 4 wheels. I could, yeah...but it would still suck.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Buy a camera if you want to take pictures. A 2mp camera is plenty for most people that expect to take pictures with their phone. I have the current iPhone and have taken some pretty good pictures with it, considering it's limitations.
          • 6 Years Ago
          Uh, okay, then buy a laptop if you want to check your email away from home. Buy a palm pilot if you want an organizer. Buy an atlas if you want access to maps. By your rational the iPhone would be nothing more than just some other phone.

          The POINT of the Camera is to take pictures, but it does NOT replace even the crappiest of digital cameras, as it's picture quality is horrid. Why bother putting it in if it does a horrible job? That has always been what apple has done in the past: They don't tack on craptastic features like FM tuners to their iPods, nor do they saddle their computers with half assed software. They stick to the basics, and do a really good job.

          Except with the camera on the iPhone.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Uh, okay, then buy a laptop if you want to check your email away from home. Buy a palm pilot if you want an organizer. Buy an atlas if you want access to maps. By your rational the iPhone would be nothing more than just some other phone.

        The POINT of the Camera is to take pictures, but it does NOT replace even the crappiest of digital cameras, as it's picture quality is horrid. Why bother putting it in if it does a horrible job? That has always been what apple has done in the past: They don't tack on craptastic features like FM tuners to their iPods, nor do they saddle their computers with half assed software. They stick to the basics, and do a really good job.

        Except with the camera on the iPhone.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Is the iPhone rear wheel drive also?

      I'm kind of confused why this is posted on AutoBlog...not that the iPhone isn't huge news...but maybe not here?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Not to be crude, Jeff, but GPS for automotive navigation is a tiny sliver its use.

        The fact that a iPhone is GPS capable doesn't make it qualify for Autoblog or else you are going to have to start covering every single other GPS navigation device release. Include one, include all.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I am awaiting the Obama posts regardless of how much of a stretch it takes to link it to automotive concerns.

        iPhone I can see to a point, at least if I can use it to route, perhaps with 3rd party, it can become a good true GPS alternative. I haven't seen what it does natively.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I think Autoblog caught some sort of iPhone-bug from Engadget

        My god, Engadget is full of iPhone-ness, like even more than Apple website itself, Autoblog's coverage of GT-R and ZR1 don't even come close
        • 6 Years Ago
        My Blackjack does that, as do many, many other smart phones.

        Ironically, I'd actually come over here to get away from the Apple oily mosh pit that is Engadget right now....


        sigh
        • 6 Years Ago
        because iPhone users will be able to carry around a full-fledged GPS system, which to date has been a product largely devoted to the auto industry.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Actually, it is not "full-fledged" GPS. It is A-GPS which realizes the same function as traditional GPS, but goes about actually triangulating your position in a very different way.

        It is the same tech used by some Verizon models and other "navigator" phones today (uses cell towers rather than geostationary satellites to triangulate position).
        • 6 Years Ago
        The blackjack screen is 2.2".
        The iphone screen is 3.5".

        I'll leave it as an academic exercise to guess which one is safer to use while driving.
      • 6 Years Ago
      How much did the stock go up? All the naysayers are the same that crapped on the last iPhone, too bad it set all types of records and became the "must have" toy the past year or so.
      • 6 Years Ago
      There will surely be a third party "turn-by-turn" app for iPhone 2.0, then it'll be a game changer for the GPS unit industry...
        • 6 Years Ago
        At least one has already been announced. TomTom will have GPS software available for the new iPhone.

        That's the thing most people miss. It's not just a phone, it's a portable computing platform with potentially hundreds of uses. It all comes down to the available software, and from the looks of things there's going to be a lot of available software.
      • 6 Years Ago
      You seriously posted this because of the GPS?

      LOL...

      You need more people.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Is it just me, or is Steve lookin' a little gaunt in this photo?
      • 6 Years Ago
      As I type this from my iPhone I wait for the new software and the hack for the new software. I need 3G in my life
      • 6 Years Ago
      Suction cup mounts are already out there. Google.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Current iphone users are gonna be pissed, no? That'a HUGE price cut.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Ya, but the people getting a "free upgrade" still paid whatever the old iPhone cost. Wasn't it $299 and $399?

        • 6 Years Ago
        Free upgrade for current iPhone users if the phone was purchased after 5/27/08. You can just swap it for the new one.
        • 6 Years Ago
        That's funny, the iPhone has been all but unavailable for about 3 weeks.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm gonna buy one.. Already have an 8 gig one.. Gonna get rid of it for $100 and get the 3G 8gig version.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I love how everyone gets excited about features added to an iPhone that have been out on other phones for way over a year. Steve Jobs sure does know how to milk the sheep. I can't beleive that Autoblog has fallen prey to the hype machine.
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