Well, it's the Friday afternoon before you-know-what so we might as well have a mop up...
Get ready with your pens and pencils/keyboards and mic for retrospective marking as I run through the latest leaks/spills and splashes from all manner of 'trusted source', 'someone close to the company' etc etc.
1. Kicking us off is iLounge which believes it has gotten a hold of evidence which proves the iPhone will soon be launched with smaller 3.2in and 2.8in screen sizes. Taiwanese manufacturer, Host Optical was the source and claims it is in the running to make the next gen displays. With security like that? Not anymore...
Taking a step back from claiming either will be present in Apple's first 3G iPhone it takes the plausible stance of suggesting one or other could be included in any future 'iPhone nano'. In all fairness a smaller iPhone may well be in the offing at some point but I dont see it happening for a while.
2. Next to present its case is Ignacio Cavero, CEO of small Spanish developer LemonQuest, who revealed in an interview with Pocketgamer.biz that iPhone games will be slapped with a steep €18 price tag. "We're going to see a new generation of games," Cavero explained. "Instead of being sold for 5 euros in Europe, they'll be closer to 10 or 12 euros. Take a look at what Apple is preparing for iPhone. Their games will be sold in iTunes for 17-18 euros."
He had me until "take a look" - more speculation for a company seemingly looking for (and getting) a profile boost. Expect games to be expensive (everything Apple is) but not that expensive.
3. Sneaking in behind this is monster raving looney media giant Reuters which has a hit and miss reputation with these things. Eschewing the news that Steve's WWDC keynote won't be broadbast to UK journalists it believes the 3G iPhone will be announced by Italian network TIM on Monday or Tuesday (the latter seems more likely with the time difference).
This is possible, but 'announce' isn't the same as launch and hefty waits could still be expected.
4. Lastly MacTalk claims to have attained shots of boxes with 3G iPhones inside them. I know, right? Mentioning the usual "very reliable source" the boxes tantalisingly are marked "Subject to the terms of NDA. Do not open until June 10th 2008." Seemingly the person who snapped these could resist the urge to open them and find out once and for all.
It's pretty easy to mock-up a label, print it off and stick it on a box. Besides, I don't believe will-power like this exists in the known universe.
In sum, hmmmmmmn. Silly season is well and truly upon us. Let's just pray for the swift passing of time so Steve can get up on stage, say 'Boom!' a lot, over explain simple details and let us all finally put this to bed...
5. The Inq is reporting Apple is desperately trying to recruit staff and anyone it deems to have displayed a reasonably nice attitude could find a recruitment card in their bag saying:
"You're Amazing. We should talk' printed on the front side, flip over to say: 'Your customer service just now was exceptional. I work for the Apple Store and you're exactly the kind of person we'd like to talk to. If you're happy where you are, I'd never ask you to leave. But if you're thinking about a change, give me a call. This could be the start of something great." Individual recruiters contact info is written at the end.
Sounds on the money and 'very Apple'. Let's face it, there's probably less pot luck in this approach than looking at today's A Levels...
Reuters Report Translated