iPhone 3G Rumors Galore

Have you been hiding under a rock lately? If so, come on outside, it's springtime and springtime means (this year, at least) that iPhone 3G rumors are flying around so fast and furious they'll make your head spin faster than the first time you heard about the birds and the bees. So what's the word?

The word is basically that the iPhone 3G is going to look and feel a lot like the current iPhone, with a few small changes. The first is that the aluminum backing is going to be replaced by plastic -- plastic is generally bad but we trust that Apple has it in them to do it right. This plastic-backed iPhone will also apparently not be exactly the same shape as the current iPhone, but close enough for government work. Well, closer than that. Anyhow, what this means is that the iPhone will be all black.  Actually, a single type of plastic for the entire shell of the iPhone 3G means that Apple can release multiple colors.  White, for example, seems like it would be the obvious choice.

Oh, and that "3G" part in "iPhone 3G" means that, yes, it will have 3G. We can also expect it to have full GPS and maybe, just maybe, another surprise or two.

Of course, there are naysayers for all of the above

Last but not least: release date.  Nobody knows.  The consensus seems to be that it will be announced at WWDC this June and released later in the year.   We can pretty much guarantee a release by the end of the year -- AT&T said so, so there.  There are other rumors swirling about, though.  For example: AT&T employees are not allowed to go on vacation until after May 15th ""due to projected increased traffic and an exciting new promotion/product launch." The only other time that's happened was when the original iPhone was launched.  Likely?  No.  Intriguing?  Sure.

There's also the fact that there are a bunch of 3G rumors coming out of Europe.  This makes sense -- a lot of industry folks believe that the iPhone's poor performance in Europe is due to the fact that they're all 3G snobs: if it ain't 3G, it ain't a real phone.  The latest is that the iPhone 3G is going to be tested in Austria very soon