RUMOR: Apple’s next-gen iPhone to have GPS

“Based on a recent informal conversation my Dad had with his friend’s wife who works at Apple, he told me the next iPhone is likely to have GPS. Usually, my Dad’s friend’s wife doesn’t let Apple product info slip out until right before a new product announcement is made. This being the case, I’m betting GPS will be included with the 3G iPhone,” So sayeth Silicon Alley Insider’s Henry Blodget’s unnamed source.

“A second source agrees that the 3G iPhone will have GPS and thinks Broadcom (BRCM) is involved. This is also (very) unconfirmed,” Blodget mongers.

Full article here.

We’re not believing a word of this until we hear from The Wawa Sandwich Man.

51 Comments

  1. “likely to have GPS” … “(very) unconfirmed” … perfect! We can now expect a deluge of blog articles and responses acting as if this is a conclusively known fact. Ahhh, how I love the internet. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

  2. This is a setup for disappointment and AAPL tanking. Only the inside few know anything about the iPhone. All the work on triangulation and the fact that many are developing their GPS add-on says Apple isn’t going to squeeze that into their unit at risk of battery life being sucked directly out of it.
    GPS is low priority to faster bandwidth, etc.

  3. yeah, I also heard it’s supposed to include a personal backscratcher, remote parking meter reload capabilities, vicious dog silencer and a host of other enhancements that “my source” wasn’t ready to disclose as they are covered under NDA.

    You heard it here first folks!

  4. Phones with GPS are bad news. I bought a sprint phone a little while ago, and I went into the menus and turned off gps tracking for everything but 911–there wasn’t an option to turn it off altogether. That seemed silly, so I called up sprint and told them I wanted them to turn off my gps for everybody. They said they coudn’t do it. With that phone there was no way to keep the government, “911”, from tracking me. I returned the phone and cancelled my service within the allowed 30 days and switched to an att phone with no gps whatsoever. gsm is better than cdma anyway.

    I guess they can still track me based off of cell towers, but that is nowhere near as precise as doing it through gps.

    Now you may wonder why I don’t want to be tracked by gps… fair question. Here in the US we can’t trust the Bush government to give citizens any privacy, and until recently it looked like congress was going to give telecom companies total immunity from being sued for giving George all of the information on whatever citizen he wanted with absolutely no warrant. I don’t want to live in a world where uncle sam knows exactly where I am all of the time, and since I can’t trust the government to mind their own business, I have to make sure that my phone has no gps.

    I plan on buying an iphone as soon as the new version comes out, but if it is gps enabled, forget about it.

  5. Let me get this straight: Jimbo von Winskinheimer notes that MDN reports that Henry Blodget says that an unnamed source says that his Dad reports that his wife says that her friend that works at Apple hints that the next iPhone is likely to have GPS. Is that right? Cause I sure don’t wanna be quoting an unreliable source!!!

  6. dads friends wife?!?

    “Dark Helmet: Before you die there is something you should know about us, Lone Star.
    Lone Starr: What?
    Dark Helmet: I am your father’s brother’s nephew’s cousin’s former roommate.
    Lone Starr: What’s that make us?
    Dark Helmet: Absolutely nothing! Which is what you are about to become. “

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