Source: 3G iPhone ‘On Schedule’ for June Introduction

December 13, 2007 at 2:55 pm 5 comments

     My trusty iPhone source has once again come through to provide clarity on the Apple iPhone roadmap. In the past week, several analysts have claimed that Apple has pushed 3G iPhone introduction a few months back. Concerns regarding hiccups in the 3G iPhone development voiced by various analysts and echoed by Apple fan sites prompted me to ask my insider about the validity of those claims. I was assured that as things stands now, Apple plans to make the 3G version available in June 2008 with a sneak preview of its software and hardware improvements due at Macworld 2008. Asked about hardware improvements, my source revealed that the top iPhone model will get 16GB of solid state memory and that production for the 8GB version is currently slated to continue although Apple is very concerned about flash memory pricing and availability in 2008. These concerns are potentially due to strains caused by yearly memory upgrade in the iPod lineup and a number of unannounced Apple products that may utilize these chips.

     There’s also been some confusion on whether the 3G iPhone can be considered the second generation iPhone or just an upgrade on the current model. My source explained that Apple updates its portable hardware on a yearly basis and from that perspective,  it can be considered a second gen product. However, the current iPhone platform is still used to tack on numerous software and hardware improvements.

D.S.

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. hebrink  |  December 13, 2007 at 3:21 pm

    waw… long time to see :D

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  • 2. Constable Odo  |  December 13, 2007 at 6:53 pm

    Not trying to be funny or anything, but would it really take that long to develop an upgraded iPhone. I know the phone would have to undergo some real world testing, but if they’re going to use the Broadcomm chip, there will be a reduction in parts. Ramping up for production might take some time, though. I just figured that they could design a hardware updated new iPhone model in only a few months.

    I don’t and won’t be using an iPhone but am interested in a memory upgraded iPod touch.

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  • 3. eorse  |  December 26, 2007 at 1:31 am

    Would you recommend one to buy an iPhone now (Dec.) or wait till early next spring for v.2 of the iPhone? Will the new version be bigger/bulkier than the current version? I cannot imagine a slim version (as that is the iPod touch). What are your thoughts on this?

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  • 4. David Sieger  |  December 26, 2007 at 11:31 am

    @ eorse: If you’ve waited this long, you might as well wait some more to see what Macworld brings in 3 weeks. You can then either wait for the 3G version ( if you need 3G capabilities ) or buy an 8GB or 16GB version immediately.

    Reply
  • 5. Apple iPhone 3G to be released| JUNE 2008  |  April 21, 2008 at 11:05 am

    Apple iPhone 3G to be released| JUNE 2008

    *** CHECK ***

    Reply

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