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iPhone UAE launch hints next model in June

updated 12:05 pm EST, Tue February 3, 2009

Third iPhone Due June

A report from Business 24/7 today that the iPhone will launch in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates may also provide a clue as to the next iPhone launch. Dow Jones tells the newspaper that Emirates Telecommunications - etisalat now expects to offer the iPhone 3G in the two countries on February 15th but also claims that the next-generation iPhone will arrive in June, shipping "at the same time" in the UAE as in other countries.

Whether or not the claim is a statement from etisalat iPhone director Mark Davis or else a separate assertion by Dow Jones is unknown, though a June timeframe is largely consistent with Apple's publicly avowed schedule of making iPhone-related updates at the start of summer.

Apple's 2.2.1 iPhone firmware also makes reference to a new iPhone 2,1 hardware string and has implied a major revision of the handset sometime in the relatively near future; current iPhones are listed as iPhone 1,2.

In addition to the hint of a likely new iPhone this year, 24/7 adds observations from Davis that there will likely be "growth" for iPhone sales through etisalat's affiliates elsewhere in the Middle East as well as Africa, though he declines to provide a timetable. He also anticipates very high iPhone sales as frequent trade-ins for newer phones will mean quicker adoption of Apple's hardware.

"On an average a phone is replaced here every nine months, therefore there is tremendous potential for the iPhone," he says. [via AppleInsider]




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  1. Rolando_jose

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    nine months...?

    "On an average a phone is replaced here every nine months, therefore there is tremendous potential for the iPhone,"


    Damn, I'm due two years...

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -3

    How is this a story?

    We already knew the new model would be in June. Its been released in June twice now.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Re: How is this

    Gee, I don't know, maybe from the fact that someone actually said something which sort of confirms it. Rather than just 'believing' it will be so.

    Two times does not a recurring cycle make.

    I mean, everyone 'knew' that new iMacs would be released at MacWorld.

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