Steve Jobs typically announces the new iPhone at his morning keynote at the Apple World Wide Developer's Conference every June. The keynote kicks off at 10 a.m. Pacific Time today.
It seems probable that this next iPhone will be an incremental update on the 3G model. We'll likely see a revamped 3G phone with some interface updates, fresh hardware design, possibly a larger screen, and probably some more memory onboard.
It's possible that a 3G CDMA version of the phone for Verizon Wireless is still in the cards. Although AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T)'s sudden move to tiered pricing, which starts today, tends to suggest that the operator is gearing itself up for a fresh round of iPhone customers on its 3G GSM network. (See Facebook: Future Tastemaker & Brand Builder and AT&T Unveils Mobile Data Plans.)
Other possibilities include:
- Support for 14.4-Mbit/s HSPA+ 3G
- A front-mounted camera for video chat
- Interface tweaks to take better advantage of multitasking coming in the operating system update
So, what are you expecting to see from Apple today? Does the prospect of a new 3G iPhone excite, or are you holding out for an LTE version?
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— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Light Reading Mobile