Furious licensing talks cause Apple to takes it eye off the ball?
3G iPhone/iPhone Black rumour update time.
A couple of interesting titbits have popped up concerning the world’s most speculated upon handset. The first comes from the increasingly rumour-friendly New York Times which claims Apple execs are desperately trying to ready licensing deals to offer content from its portable iTunes store over the air (OTA) using cellular networks in time for the phone’s grand unveiling next month.
Apple is said to want to keep its existing 99c per track pricing despite networks asking for a premium and while this all sounds credible enough (Nokia’s been doing it for ages) you’d think Apple wouldn’t be leaving negotiations so late…?
Elsewhere we get little known (soon to be ex?) Apple third party manufacturer XSKN revealing what appears to be the 3G iPhone design. The renders come as XSKN tries to flog cases for the unannounced device and may as much be in the hope of garnering site publicity as a genuine leak. Naturally enough the mock-up design ties in with everything we’d heard (slightly fatter/more rounded back/flush headphone jack/front facing video conferencing camera) but as a whole it’s mildly disappointing.
Let’s hope Steve has two surprises to come out of this next week:
1. Global mobile music distribution deals
2. A device which doesn’t look like it should be nicknamed the ‘iPhone Fat’…