updated 09:10 am EDT, Mon April 28, 2008
3M 3G iPhones in June?
The 3G iPhone is not only coming in June, but its early production numbers are already known, a Taiwanese newspaper claims. Industry publication Commercial Times is citing institutional investors, who say that Foxconn has landed a contract to begin assembling new iPhones for shipment in June. While this echoes earlier reports from March, CT says it has also obtained information from component suppliers, who have been told by Apple that the should begin preparing material supplies by the end of May.
Foxconn is expected to ship over 3 million 3G iPhones in June, and produce as many as 24 to 25 million units before Apple switches to another product. Foxconn already assembles the current 2.5G iPhone.
A 3G iPhone has long been expected this year due to a brief mention by the CEO of AT&T, but until recently it was assumed it would ship late in the year; recent reports have, however, increasingly pointed to a June/July launch, much as with the original iPhone. This would also coincide with the release of the iPhone 2.0 firmware and its accompanying App Store.