Bryan Gardiner has published an interesting article at Wired.com re the iPhone and WiMax. This article is well worth reading … What a Future IPhone With WiMax Might Look Like
“The iPhone is the perfect device for (Moorestown),” says analyst Roger Kay of Endpoint Technologies. “I mean, (the iPhone) is really a mobile internet device with a phone tacked on for good measure.”
It is likely that the forthcoming “next-gen” iPhone will feature a chip-set solution that will run Wi-Fi, support multiple 3G protocols (for details – see 2008 iPhone Games article posted on this blog) and may also automatically detect and switch over to a WiMax (4G) network.
I will also include (below) an article posted to Jim Goldman’s Blog re the Intel and Clearwire WiMax demo at the Las Vegas CES … Intel’s WiMAX on the Go
One interesting side note is China Mobile’s stated intention to deploy a WiMax network in time for the 2008 Beijing Olympics (August). While this may be a limited test, future (widespread) deployment of WiMax could prove to be a huge plus for iPhone. WiMax has been referred to as WiFi on steroids. A single WiMax antenna can cover to 1 to 8 kilometers depending on elevation and line of sight (compared to a few hundred feet for WiFi).