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People Line up for the New iPhone Already?
      #30262 - 05/23/08 04:11 PM

Most industry analysts and insiders believe that we will see the new Apple iPhone with 3G this June. But people are lining up outside the Apple Fifth Avenue store in NYC, some believing the new iPhone is here. It's almost certain that Steve Jobs will announce the new iPhone at the Apple?s World Wide Developers Conference on June 9. Fortune has quoted one financial analyst, Piper Jaffray?s Gene Munster, on what we should expect to hear from Jobs at this WWDC:

-A new iPhone. Like every Apple analyst on record, he believes Jobs will take this opportunity to unveil an iPhone. But following up on a May 20 note in which Munster cautioned investors to keep their expectations in check, he believes the new device will be almost identical to the current model, with the exception of a 3G chipset to allow faster downloads. iPhones in new shapes and sizes, he expects, won?t come before January ?09.

-A new OS. With the new iPhone will come a new operating system ? OS X iPhone ? that will open the device up to enterprise software and to all the 3rd party apps that have been under development since March.

-Focus on integration. Munster expects Jobs to spend a lot of time highlighting Apple?s ?unique value proposition? of having Macs and iPhones running on the same operating system platform. ?With control over the hardware and the software, Apple offers a uniquely integrated ecosystem of [consumer electronics] devices, which we believe is driving Mac sales, and vice versa.?

-New MacBooks. Given that it?s been three years since the MacBook was introduced and that the MacBook Pro is based on a PowerBook G4 design that hasn?t changed in 3.5 years, Munster believes there?s a 60% chance Jobs will introduce redesigned notebooks on June 9 and an 80% chance they will come this summer ? in time for the back-to-school sales rush.

Let the madness begin!


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