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Gartner: Apple Ordered 10 Million 3G iPhones

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Thought it had been quiet on the iPhone rumour front?

Well, we're back up and running now with news that respected analyst firm Gartner believes Apple has just placed an order for 10m 3G capable iPhones with OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode) displays.

The speculation tittle tattle news was broken specifically by Ken Dulaney, a senior analyst at the firm, in a conversation with the iPod Observer and he believes the relatively disappointing sales of the original EDGE-equipped handset in Europe (where 3G is more prevalent) has lit a fuse under Apple.

Interestingly, Dulaney claims the introduction of an OLED display (a new rumour on us) would facilitate the swap to 3G since the technology has substantially less power draw than traditional screens and also requires less space. This would address both Apple's initial concerns about 3G: that it would substantially drain battery life and bulk up the handset.

So where do we stand on this? Well, OLED aside, it seems painfully logical. The hot month for an announcement is June since it marks the formal launch of the App Store and the handset's one year retail anniversary. Of course 1 + 1 doesn't always equal 2 in IT land so, as ever, consume your pinches of NaCl, but keep fingers surreptitiously crossed.

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