With less than a week to go before Steve Jobs speaks at WWDC, the rumors have been rumored, speculations have been speculated, and secret videos have all been posted on YouTube. So today I present you with a scorecard of all the rumors to date, and my humble predictions so you can see how much smarter you are than me.
Update: Out of 24 rumors, I was wrong on three: The new name, a 64GB model, and I missed the availability by three days. (Available on a Thursday, really?!)
Below is my commentary, but a printable scorecard is available here.
Another day, another rumor. Today we are hearing that Sam Mendes, of American Beauty fame, is directing a new Apple ad for the next iPhone. The advertisement is supposed to feature a mother and daughter having a video chat on the iPhone, thanks to the new front-facing camera.
Only 12 more rumors days before the big announcement.
Since we still know nothing concrete about the next iPhone, rumors continue pour in. Today we've learned that Steve Jobs is set to speak at WWDC, which kicks off on June 7. It is likely he will announce the new iPhone at that time. It has also been suggested that Sprint, not Verizon, will become a carrier for the iPhone. Finally, the iPhone 3GS is supposed to be available for only $99 when the 4G is announced, similar to the way the iPhone 3G went on sale once the 3GS became available. For now, this is all just fun speculation, but perhaps all will be revealed in two short weeks.
Verizon has been the expected next carrier for the iPhone, would you be happy to have Sprint as an iPhone provider?
Since the iPhone 3G, Apple has offered the iPhone with a black backing or a white backing. Now pictures have surfaced which seem to indicate that the next generation iPhone may offer a white faceplate. We advise you to be skeptical since the photos come from China, a place notorious for iPhone knock-offs. But like the possibility of video conferencing, it's fun to look at while we wait for the official release of the iPhone 4G.
Let us know in the comments if you would be interested in an all-white iPhone.
The Apple.pro web site seems to be down currently, so we've included the photos below.
If the screenshots posted yesterday at Boy Genius Report are accurate, the next iPhone should offer video conference capabilities. The screenshots shown below are sketchy at best, providing only a shot of the debugging menu. They offer no real information, and could be easily faked. But on the bright side, it gives us all something to look forward to during the next few weeks.
In usual Daily Show fashion, Jon Stewart skipped over the real facts of the story and went on an eight minute rant yesterday about Apple's handling of the iPhone Prototype leak. The clip below is quite funny, it just falls a bit short on the facts of the story. And unfortunately, there are a surprising number of people whose only source of news comes from shows like Stewart's.
The hysteria generated by a single block of metal, plastic and glass, a bit smaller than a common kitchen sponge, is earth shattering.
Gizmodo posted a followup today on the iPhone prototype they acquired this past week, having received an official letter from Apple Senior Vice President Bruce Sewell, requesting the device be returned. This letter is the final piece of evidence needed to completely prove that the device being profiled so heavily is absolutely an item originating from Apple.
Over the weekend, Engadget posted photos of a mobile device they claimed to be an iPhone 4G prototype. The phone was found neglected in a San Jose bar, concealed in an case designed to make it look like an iPhone 3G. Today, Gizmodo released their coverage of the device, which they have now obtained and dissected. They have taken it upon themselves to decisively say "you are looking at Apple's next iPhone."
With the iPad launch out of the way, the internet can now return to its normal springtime routine of reading the tea leaves to learn more about the upcoming iPhone refresh. The latest development is from Boy Genius, who reports that several AT&T sources say that the company is denying any employee requests for vacation time in the month of June.