iPhone to allow only 40 minutes of talk time?

Apple and Cingular plan to release the iPhone in roughly a couple of months—perhaps on June 11—but the device could have some caveats. In the latest This Week in Tech podcast, technology pundit John C. Dvorak cites "a guy at Cingular who's testing the [iPhone]" as saying that the device's battery allows for significantly less talk time than the five hours Apple quoted in January. "You run 20 minutes and you're using up half the battery power," he says. "You've got 40 minutes total talk time." Dvorak also claims that his Cingular insider told him the iPhone doesn't have a removable battery, which would force users to recharge the device every time they run out. If that weren't bad enough, the iPhone's interface reportedly "fouls up constantly," as well.

Naturally, some of those problems—if they do indeed exist—might be ironed out by the time the iPhone ships. However, a report like this one arising just two months before the launch may not bode well for the final product's performance. Thanks to The Inquirer for the tip.

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