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WWDC Launch Date Suggests iPhone 4G Coming 7 June

Gordon Kelly

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WWDC Launch Date Suggests iPhone 4G Coming 7 June

The 'Worldwide Developers' Conference' doesn't sound particularly inspiring, but every year the June event brings with it a major Apple product announcement. In recent years WWDC has become the stage for each new iPhone generation, so do we now know the exact date the infamously leaked fourth gen model will be officially unveiled?

Apple has announced WWDC 2010 will run from 7 - 11 June (quite early this time around) and with Steve's keynote opening the show it seems nailed on that's when we'll be getting some handset goodness.

Interestingly, talk is already that Apple will announce then launch the iPhone all within June. In the past it has waited until July for actual stock to hit shops, but that prototype did look close to a finished product.

On the flip side, the leak does at least suggest speculation about the handset will be kept to a minimum this year with only questions about its screen (resolution and OLED or non-OLED), capacity (64GB seems obvious) and chipset remain. Personally speaking I think a switch to Apple's A4, as seen in the iPad, is extremely likely because a) Apple likes to be in control of as much of its products' hardware and software as possible, and b) it would once more provide developers with balanced products to create apps for.

'iPhone 4G'? 'iPhone HD'? Perhaps a straight return to 'iPhone'? Who knows and, frankly, who cares as long as Apple creates a unit which takes the major strides forward the handset has lacked in recent years. After all, there's an HTC Desire to top folks, get to it Apple!

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WWDC Press Release

WWDC Homepage

Drazisaurus

April 29, 2010, 1:06 pm

As Gordon suggested, Apple have some work on their hands if they are gonna trump the Desire. I'm pretty underwhelmed by the phone Gizmodo leaked, although I do think it looks pretty sexy. iphone os 4.0 is starting to look a little long in the tooth. The Apple app store is tough to beat though.

Peter Morgan

April 29, 2010, 1:54 pm

I've already bailed out of the iPhone, as I couldn't wait any longer for the 'next iPhone'. The HTC Desire has been a very good replacement for my iPhone 3G, although the Android Market is very immature compared to the iTunes App Store. The cost difference is massive too, as my Desire cost nothing to buy on a £25 18 month contract from Orange UK. Compare that to even the current iPhone, which would set you back well over £200 on such a contract from O2!





The next iPhone needs to be a lot cheaper to fight off the competition.

Drazisaurus

April 29, 2010, 2:12 pm

Yes, it's funny how the iphone 3g seemed cheap when compared to the first gen iphone, because it was streets ahead of the competition. Now the competition is alot closer, arguably better, the iphone seems way over priced.

Kaiser202

April 29, 2010, 5:00 pm

This is why I hate Apple, they release a bit of hardware and then make it damn near obsolete 6 months later with more tech for the dumbasses with more money than sense. They need to stick to a framework like the DS and iterations of it, all the games still work on all of them! Stupid Apple

CodeMonkey

April 29, 2010, 6:48 pm

Perfect timing - should make for a cheaper iPhone 3GS for my girlfriend's birthday...

Andy C 1

April 29, 2010, 7:32 pm

@Kaiser202 I really could not disagree more. The yearly refresh is what keep the products fresh and as cutting edge as Apple beleives is necessary. If your requirements remain the same, then what difference does it make if a newer and better version has been released? Agreed, you have to choose the upgrade time wisely, but then that's what sites like this and AppleInsider will advise you about.

Andy C 1

April 29, 2010, 7:34 pm

I think it might be time for me to make the leap to the iPlone if this refresh is any good. I ahve a first generation iPod Touch, and so will not be able to upgrade to OS4. Fingers crossed for a decent refresh and (hopefully) to remain ahead of the pack.

Andy C 1

April 29, 2010, 7:36 pm

Sorry to re-post to @Kaiser202 in respect to the DS. In what way has the DS moved forward in ensuring that everything remains the same? The platform is stale, though I grant that it sells well. I hope this does not happen with Apple stuff (whether I buy it or not). This does not make me a dumbass.

Dan97c

April 29, 2010, 8:51 pm

Besides, @Kaiser202 - isn't "..the dumbasses with more money than sense.." likely to be an oxymoron?


I have achieved a pretty good level of income, (and I like to buy a new iPhone when it comes out), and I know that I didn't achieve this by being either dumb or an ass.

jacko

April 30, 2010, 1:32 am

@ Kaiser202 - Apple release a new iPhone every 12 months, not 6? And at least you know the time frame.





Have you seen how many phones, Nokia, Sony, Samsung, HTC, LG release? I don't even know which phone is aimed at who with all the different models that are released.

Pbryanw

April 30, 2010, 1:47 am

Hopefully, amidst all the talk of iPads and iPhones, Apple hasn't forgotten about OS X, and there's some news of a future iteration to their OS at WWDC.





Also, I've visited a couple of tech sites today and no news of Ubuntu's new update to their OS, 10.04. Is it because the news is still too fresh, or because there's little interest in Linux??

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