Vijay Nagarajan has written a thoughtful response to the recent 9to5 Mac post >Special Report: Apple’s secret iPhone WiMax plans? Vijay is one of only a handful of analysts who follow InterDigital and understand both the business and engineering/technology side of mobile platforms. Hence, his perspective on this story is one to consider. Vijay is a bit skeptical that WMax will be part of Apple’s next gen (3G) iPhone, rumored to make an appearance this summer. See an excerpt from Vijay’s post below. Readers are encouraged to visit Wireless Industry Analyst where they can read the > full article.
Craig Mathias wrote a piece last week on 802.21, a convergence standard promoted by the likes of InterDigital and Intel. Folks at 9to5 Mac immediately saw the iPhone connection and hatched what I thought was a highly speculative story. That Apple will push this yet official standard to include WiMAX into its impending 3G iPhone, based on convenient interpretation of a series of events, is the work of a very creative mind.
For the uninitiated, 802.21 is one of the various standards being promoted for convergence. So, if the infrastructure is in place, devices using this standard will perform ‘vertical’ handovers across the standards such as WiFi, WiMAX and 3G.
Before I move on to argue why I don’t see signs of a WiMAX-enabled iPhone yet, I should mention that as a fan of the convergence movement, I would love for one of the convergence standards to succeed. The idea of an iPhone enabling this seamless mobility does sound very appealing to me … For more of this post, read > HERE
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