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Citi: 3G iPhone to be announced June 9th

updated 09:20 am EDT, Fri April 25, 2008

Citi: 3G iPhone June 9th?

Apple's long-anticipated 3G iPhone will be announced on June 9th, analysts at Citi have declared. Richard Gardner and Yeechang Lee say they believe Apple CEO Steve Jobs will reveal the product as a part of his keynote for WWDC, scheduled for June 9th to the 13th at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. A number of analysts have suggested that the new iPhone will be released in June or July, particularly as shortages of the 2.5G model are said to be evidence of deliberate inventory draining. This view has been bolstered European price cuts on the 8GB capacity, which have been timed to end in June.

Apple has had a hard time selling the iPhone in Europe, and the cuts may signal an attempt to spark interest as much as scale back stock. Until this month the iPhone was proportionately more expensive in Europe than any American version, despite not having 3G, a technology many Europeans have been accustomed to for years.




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  1. imagine engine

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Costing delay.

    When a product is launched there's a dramatic increase in profits due to hype caused by aggressive advertising. Though this subsides after approximately 6 months. Problem is that Apple has to now compete with other manufacturers that are trying to copy Apple's iPhone features and even in some cases look of the device. So when the next iPhone is released it better blow the competition away or at least meet them on middle ground. To do this it will need support for corporate email (ie: Microsoft Exchange, Blackberry Connect) so as to provide real-time push email, HSPA, video calling, video recording, voice dial, 5 MP camera with LED Flash, installable games, universal IM, MMS, increased storage space to 64 GB.

  1. MeandmyMac

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    you forgot...

    "So when the next iPhone is released it better blow the competition away or at least meet them on middle ground. To do this it will need support for corporate email (ie: Microsoft Exchange, Blackberry Connect) so as to provide real-time push email, HSPA, video calling, video recording, voice dial, 5 MP camera with LED Flash, installable games, universal IM, MMS, increased storage space to 64 GB."

    You forgot, and priced to sell at $199.00! : )

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Re: you forgot

    And I want a $50 mail-in rebate, too.

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Dont forget

    The keys to Steve Jobs house and car. Included with every iphone.

    iPhone 2.0 better have a full size laptop keyboard, but be half as thin as this model, the screen should be twice as big, 150 jiggas of flash memory, built in cable modem, flip out comb!! oh oh and one of those little griddles that fries eggs for quick snacks.

  1. koolkid1976

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    re: don't forget

    Don't forget twice the battery life.

  1. lepton

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Last possible date

    It makes sense. Clearly this is the last possible date for the announcement, since the sessions at the WWDC will want to detail programming interfaces to the new features of the new phone.

  1. moteltan

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    it's the software, dummy

    Did anyone who'd commented so far watch the Press Event announcing the iPhone Software Roadmap? That was where Apple execs detailed the full Enterprise compatability, which actually exceeds the reliability specs of RIMM's models in theory, as well as the SDK plans and interim demos of iPhone apps created in a tiny timeframe with the SDK. After watching that presentation, available now free on iTunes, it's clear to me that Apple doesn't have to change iPhone one little bit to remain the dominant smartphone momentum player. Add another 32gb of flash, 3G, and you are done. The software will take care of the rest. Remember, Apple is first and foremost a software company, and it will continue to be its software--no matter what form-factor it's presented in--that wins over customers.

  1. chas_m

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    Joined: Dec 1969

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    If I

    ... were a betting man, I'd say the announcement of the iPhone will be June 9th, but the delivery date will actually be a little later, let's say ...

    29-June-08 -- the one year anniversary.

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