It's no secret that Apple's been coming out with new iPhone every summer for the past couple of years, but Gizmodo's monster scoop of what appears to be the next-generation iPhone might keep consumers from buying existing models — and at least one Wall Street analyst thinks Apple might react to that possibility by announcing the new iPhone ahead of schedule. Will that really happen, though?
In an e-mail to Cult of Mac, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster wrote that he thinks Apple might "come out" with the fourth-generation iPhone "sooner versus later" thanks to Gizmodo's bombshell scoop last week. Why? Because "it's safe to say, more people are now waiting for the new one," resulting in "a negative" for sales of existing iPhone models in the coming weeks, Munster wrote.
How much earlier? Munster didn't say, but Apple revealed its previous two iPhone models — the 3G and the 3GS — at its annual Worldwide Developer Conference in June, and (up until now, at least) there's no reason to believe Apple will change course this year.
Indeed, the latest round of rumors (based on reports of suspicious-looking bookings at the Moscone Center in San Francisco) pegged June 22 as the day when Apple might take the wraps off its latest iPhone. But Apple hasn't even officially announced the dates for this year's WWDC, much less a date for a new iPhone announcement.
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Well, I hope Apple decides to unveil the iPhone 4G earlier than planned!
Over the weekend, much to my displeasure, my iPhone 3G - the one I took the trouble to jailbreak and unlock - managed to screw itself and was stuck on the Apple logo screen.
There was nothing I could do but to restore it to its original factory setting, which means in the process, the firmware and the base band was updated to the latest versions!
I am so pissed because I won't be able to use the phone in Malaysia during the summer! It is locked to AT&T, which means it won't be able to take the sim cards from any of the cell phone companies in Malaysia.
And that is why, I would be so glad if Apple decides to release the latest iPhone sooner than planned! Geohot, the renowned iPhone hacker, already has the tools for jailbreaking and unlocking the current iPhone firmware and base band. But he won't release it because that would mean Apple would try to patch the exploit before the release of the iPhone 4G.