iPhone Rumors: Vague, Very Vague!

By  |  Monday, March 23, 2009 at 12:57 pm

att_header_logoPhone gossip/rumor/scuttlebutt/leak kingpin Boy Genius has a post at his site reporting on what an AT&T exec is supposedly saying about the next generation iPhone. BG says the tidbits he’s reporting are 100% confirmed. But they’re also, well, 100% obvious:

  • There will be a new iPhone announcement around mid-June (logical enough–Apple’s Phil Schiller openly told the New York Times’ David Pogue that Apple tries to follow a June release schedule for the iPhone);
  • “New iPhone will be faster and have a more seamless experience” (it would be startling if Apple didn’t put a speedier chip in the new phone, and with features such as cut and paste, the iPhone 3.0 OS qualifies as being a whole lot more seamless);
  • AT&T will release an iPhone client for its U-Verse broadband TV/DVR service (the company has said it’s working on one, and I’ve gotten a glimpse of it running on an iPhone myself);
  • It’s “becoming a tradition” to release iPhones on an annual schedule (you think?)
  • This Summer will be exciting!
  • AT&T is working with Apple to create a unified experience across its platforms (a good U-Verse client for the iPhone will certainly qualify as that);
  • iPhone 3.0 shows where the iPhone is going (pretty much by definition, surely);
  • People should pick their AT&T phone based on personal preferences, not features (Boy Genius then starts talking about an iPhone with a slide-out keyboard, but I think he’s riffing rather than predicting or speculating);
  • Higher-speed HSDPA Internet access is being “hinted” at.

Boy Genius himself–who isn’t always right, but who unquestionably has some great sources within big companies–says that some of this stuff is not news. Despite his promise of 100% confirmation, I’m not assuming it’s all going to come true, either–the new iPhone’s schedule could slip, or it could turn out to be no faster than today’s model. Here’s hoping that the next iPhone, whatever it is, is worthy of gossip that’s more scintillating than this–in other words, that it’s something more than an iPhone 3G that’s a little thinner, a little sexier, a little faster, a little cheaper, and preloaded with the 3.0 software…


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7 Comments For This Post

  1. Steven Fisher Says:

    Faster could just refer to more efficient software.

  2. Squealing Rat Says:

    Basically; a new iPhone is probably coming out in June that will be better than the previous.

  3. Alan Says:

    Only 3 more months of good ole iPhone rumors. Yet each new one makes my 3G look old and outdated. So Sad.

  4. Marc Says:

    My second N95 has broken, same problem – so I really want a new phone. Looks like I will have to wait until the summer.

    I hope we get a decent camera, and one on the front.

  5. NanoGeek Says:

    I’d doubt that they would put a camera on the face of the phone. It doesn’t seem like something Apple would do.

  6. andyg8180 Says:

    Considering the Pre is getting a lot of buzz, i wonder how the pricing scheme will change for the iphone since Sprint has one set price for phone/data/messaging, and iphone is phone + data + messaging lol

  7. JD Says:

    I’ve got information from (I think) is a reliable source that in June the iPhone will become available unlocked, in other words, for any carrier. I got this info from my wireless carrier whom I have been with for 14 years. I had 3 lines all without contract and called them to tell them I was leaving for AT&T because I wanted an iPhone. The guy who was a senior support agent told me the iPhone would be available from them in June. He wouldn’t tell me anything more and would’nt tell me where he got his info but sounded confident about it.

    Anyone else hear anything like this?

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