“The absence of a 3G iPhone from Apple’s product portfolio has been a hot topic amongst investors, but any concerns in that department are currently a bit overblown, says a new report from one Wall Street analyst,” Slash Lane reports for AppleInsider.
“In a brief research note to client investors on Monday, American Technology Research analyst Shaw Wu said he’s frequently asked about the lack of a 3G iPhone and what it means for Apple. He explained, however, that he sees these ongoing concerns as ‘overdone and misplaced’ at present, and outlined four key data points in defense of his beliefs,” Lane reports.
• 3G (WCDMA/UMTS/HSPA) is still a relatively niche technology and not widely deployed in the US
• 3G is not as field tested as 2/2.5G
• Costs of 3G iPhone parts would also be somewhat steep
• 3G Battery Hog: 3G requires about 35-40 percent more power than 2/2.5G
More in the full article here.