Now the French Want the 4th Gen iPhone in May!
No sooner did France Telecom prop up iTablet rumors do French site Challenge.fr start some "4th generation iPhone coming in May" craziness.
Now, we have no reason to believe this, but since Apple is so secretive, anything is possible (and frankly it's nice to see some good old fashioned iPhone rumors amid all this iTablet hype!). Here's the deal, translated by iphon.fr:
- "Apple to launch a new iPhone in May"
- "It will be the fourth version of the well known smartphone launch on the 29th of June 2007. A way to counter the Google attack"
- "Apple will launch, in early may 2010, a new version of its iPhone, as we heard from some mobile operators.".
Apple, of course, has announced and launched new iPhones in the June/July time frame for the last 3 years and they don't often change their cycles. So does that make this fake, le fakety-fake fake, or just fake enough to hide an early launch? Get crazy with the French and their carriers by letting us know what you think!
[Thanks Laurent for the tip!]
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So this idea that Apple sticks to cycles and we should believe rumors seems to be wishful thinking.
right now the droid and the nexus one are exploiting a predictable hole in apple's iphone launch cycle. both products made the very specific decision to launch exactly in the middle of that cycle.
if apple is capable of launching earlier, doing so would throw off their competitors.
doesn't sound very "apple like" to do, but there's a competitive rationale at least.
Note I would love to see a new iPhone cause I am itching for a new one but I agree with @Desmond I am itching to try a new phone for sure.....Android anybody?
@Tansen: I strongly suspect that no one has ever seen the next iPhone yet, so while some will claim confirmation, the 5MP camera is really just a rumor. Remember that everyone did boo the first iPhone camera, and they didn't change it in the 3G. They just changed it in the 3GS. And to speak frankly, I'd prefer a nicer 3.2 MPixels camera (read less noise, more contrast, less bleeding and highlight clipping) than a 5MP one with the same per-pixel quality. 3.2MP is enough for casual use, which is what camera phones are for anyways (so far), and the 3GS one is pretty nice.
If that happens, then they could very well bring forward the hard and software release cycle, as the last two OS unveilings have been in March.
The OS is very stable now, and there's been no sign of 3.2.0, which could lend weight to this also.
WWDC could be focussed more on tablet app, rather tan iPhone ones.
Oh yeah, one more thing. The tablet. =]
Dude, wake up!