Sunday, June 8, 2008

Pre-WWDC iPhone News

Alright. We're less than 11 hours away from the unveiling of the new 3G iPhone, assuming that is is going to happen at all.

So, here a list of the latest news/rumors on what we can expect:

  • Vodafone employee who has touched the new phone. Allegedly, it has GPS, black case, smaller than the current phone, and unlockable or jail-breakable. If I were a betting man, I'd put my money on the resourceful marketforce to break/unlock the 3G iPhone in no time. iLounge would agree about the size of the new phone. Their source is highly suspect though.
  • SlingPlayer to debut tomorrow.
  • There are a plethora of fake images of the phone. I'm not bothering posting links for them. If you happen to come across them, marvel at the Photoshop skillz and then move on.
  • List from iLounge of providers who have indicated they will be carrying the 3G iPhone.
  • With subsidies, the new 3G iPhone will be available for only $200 from AT&T according to various rumors. Could be as low as 99EURO in, well, Europe. Makes $200 a bit expensive for us Yankees.
  • A couple of sources (possible that they were quoting each other, one of them being Barron's and since I don't have a subscription to WSJ, I can't be sure) are alleging delays. Their sources are hedge fund managers.
  • Firmware exposed to show details regarding the chip the 3G iPhone uses.
  • HTC Touch Pro and Diamond are joined by Samsung i900 in battling the 3G iPhone. Honestly, the form factors in these touch-based phones (multi-touch in iPhone's case) can't vary too greatly. Some will be thinner or thicker than others. Some will be longer, shorter, wider, or narrower. But the chrome metallic edge. Please, a little orginality, Sammy? Hey, Samsung. HTC. Buy Palm. They're cheap and you guys can use the creative energy Palm possess. They're down these days but I'm still rooting for them.
  • Mysterious boxes arrive from Apple all over the world. Could be fake.
So, there you have it. Specs, software, pricing, and availability. Yeah, people are tracking shipping containers too. We'll know if any of this is true tomorrow.

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