3G iPhone coming next year, says AT&T CEO

The rumor mill has been abuzz with iPhone talk since long before Apple even announced the device. Following the launch, one of the recurring subjects of such rumors has been an iPhone with 3G network support—a feature Apple kept out of the original product because of battery life constraints.

In an interview with Bloomberg, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson has quelled the rumors by revealing that a 3G iPhone is indeed in the works. "You'll have it next year," Stephenson said, adding that Apple "will dictate what the price of the phone is." The new phone will presumably have shorter battery life than the existing device: at a news conference in London in September, Apple CEO Steve Jobs called 3G chipsets "real power hogs" and added, "We've got to see the battery lives for 3G get back up into the five-plus-hour range." Jobs said he expected that milestone to be reached "late next year."

The existing iPhone supports EDGE networks in addition to Wi-Fi for Internet connectivity. Apple rates it for up to eight hours of talk time, six hours of Internet use, and 250 hours of standby time. (Thanks to DailyTech for the tip.)

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