3G iPhone in weeks

Speculation is growing that Apple will release a 3G version of its iPhone in just a couple of weeks. Despite no formal announcement on a release date, market talk has been growing that the company is likely to announce the new product at its developer conference in San Francisco which starts on 9 June.

Yesterday the head of Telefonica Europe all but confirmed an imminent release saying it would be making an announcement with Apple in "the coming weeks". Telefonica Europe won a multiyear exclusive iPhone agreement from Apple last year.

Specifications of the iPhone 2.0, or the 3G phone, are also a source of much speculation. What generally appears to be agreed is that it will be based on an Infineon chipset which will offer HSDPA and WCDMA network support as well as EDGE for those outside of 3G coverage.

The Infineon chip also supports cameras up to 5 Megapixels so the chances of an improved camera over the current 2 Megapixels is likely, although probably not as high as 5 Megapixels.

When iPhone 2.0 is released it is likely to be a little thinner than the current iPhone – this is a general trend with Apple – and despite rumours of a black plastic casing, it is likely that Apple will stick to aluminium and glass for its strength.

On the software front it is likely to be an incremental change with no major overhaul. New features such as search and copy and paste are likely, and needed, additions.

Again, the Infineon chipset supports video capture so there is a strong likelihood of video being included in iPhone 2.0, though the chances of video calling are still slight. Video calling may be held over for a third or fourth version of the iPhone.

Vodafone last week announced plans to distribute the iPhone in 10 if its developing markets, including South Africa. Although there has not been a formal announcement of when the iPhone will be available in South Africa it does now look likely that the 3G iPhone for SA is a strong possibility.

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