RUMOR: No external SIM slot, no iChat for initial iPhone release

Apple forthcoming iPhone “will not appear on your desktop as a removable drive,” Joshua Karp reports for The Boy Genius Report.

“There will not be an external SIM slot, contrary to the announcement at MacWorld,” Karp reports.

“iChat will not be included in the initial operating system,” Karp reports. “Safari for iPhone features tabbed browsing.”

More iPhone details dished in the full article here.

47 Comments

  1. 1. I wouldn’t expect to use it as a drive
    2. Who the heck is Karp to contradict what was said at Macworld? Also, who cares if the sim is not external?
    3. I don’t care if iChat is not included in the initial release, it’s easily added via software update.
    4. Tabbed browsing is great, I already expected that.

    Who is this guy and why should anyone think he has credibility?

  2. It would be great if the iChat feature did get on the iPhone. So many people in Europe aren’t on AIM that this might wake them up to it. Or perhaps even .Mac will be revamped getting a decent majority on that would be helpful!

  3. And more disappointments to come I’m sure.

    Let’s face it folks, the iPhone really doesn’t have anything that’s most people already have imlented with other devices or use better devices for.

    The lust factor is high, just the cost and practical features are rather low at this point.

  4. Even if all of this were true, what does it take away from the user who wants to buy an iPhone and intends to use it normally without trying to hack the crap out of it?

    It may be just good as it is with the software which comes with it.

  5. “Even if all of this were true, what does it take away from the user who wants to buy an iPhone and intends to use it normally without trying to hack the crap out of it?”

    One of the advantages of it being a quadband GSM phone was the ability to use it globally, when you’re on trips for example. If there is no access to the SIM card then that idea is flushed down the toilet.

    It means they don’t want you using the phone outside of America, outside of Cingular’s network.

    This is a repost of the 9to5mac.com article (which is down right now like it was most of yesterday). In it, they said that this could apply to pre-production units only.

  6. No SIM access! The Apple is nuts. And so is Cingular.

    So your on vacation or in Europe and your nice iPhone breaks. A user can’t quickly buy a phone and slide his SIM in? What is the proposal then? Your phone breaks in Europe and you can’t get your SIM out, what do you do?

    No SIM access means this phone is not going to sell well overall.

  7. Save the Whales:

    “Let’s face it folks, the iPhone really doesn’t have anything that’s most people already have imlented with other devices or use better devices for.”

    I haven’t seen any portable device short of a laptop that offers better Web and email functionality than the iPhone’s Safari and Mail look to be. Photo browsing, too, looks better than I’ve seen, even compared to dedicated devices like the Epson P2000/P4000 or Flashtrax. Plus, the inter-app integration makes each of the individual functions more useful. Use the 2MP camera to make photos, add ’em to iPhoto, send ’em via email, and make a slide show. Dialing phone numbers direct from Google maps looks mighty handy, too. The web functionality will make this a very useful tool for finding local restaurants, bars, theaters, and other businesses. No more dialing 411.

    I love my Treo, but the iPhone is a whole order of magnitude more useful.

  8. @ R2

    Of course but what’s the percentage of iPhone owners traveling anywhere outside the US?
    I hear you though, I do travel and just never roam. I have three SIM cards I use depending on where I am.

    I say let’s wait and see.

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