I thought all iPhone rumors would cease for at least the next few months as Steve Jobs introduced Apple's next iPhone today. I thought wrong. Within minutes of the announcement, we have a rumor of Keynote and possibly other iWork apps coming to the iPhone. Some eagle-eyed observer spotted something interesting on the Mail page of Apple's iPhone 4 website. All the way down at the bottom of the page, the site mentions that you can open email attachments "in compatible third-party apps." The screenshot associated with this text shows the option of opening an attachment in Keynote. As of right now, all of the iWork apps are only available for the iPad. It will be interesting to see if Apple makes iWork available for the phone as well.
According to Boy Genius, AT&T store reps have been given new sales quotas for the month of June which are so high the quota couldn't be met without a new device. BGR also offered an interesting take on the launch day, for those of you filling out the Official WWDC 2010 Rumor Scorecard. They predict the next iPhone will be available on a Friday. So instead of the June 21, which I predicted, they are suggesting June 18.
If it has to be a Friday, then why not June 11? The sooner the better, I say.
One rumor we've heard a few times recently is that Apple may make MobileMe a free service soon. One theory is that they will offer different plans based on the service you choose. This theory looks more like a possibility when looking at the MobileMe preference pane lately. Under account type, it now indicates I am a "full member," lending credence to the possibility of various member types coming soon. (The online MobileMe management screens offer no such indication.)
Beet.TV posted an interview today with a Verizon spokesperson confirming that the iPhone is definitely not coming to Verizon, at least anytime soon. John Johnson said, "No plans to carry the iPhone in the immediate future, but you've got to look at the incredible excitement around the Android devices." He then continued to talk up how great Android is for the rest of the four minute video.
May the Verizon iPhone rumors subside... at least for another six months.
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.
Unexpected rumors popped up today regarding Apple's long lost product, the Apple TV. Some of you might be screaming at us right now, "Why are you telling me about the Apple TV? This is supposed to be a site about iPhones!" But the rumor involves the OS... namely that the Apple TV might be getting the iPhone OS, complete with the ability to run apps.
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?
With the iPad launch out of the way, the internet can now return to its normal springtime routine of leaking next generation iPhone details, of varying legitimacy. Today the rumor comes in the form of photos. The images are of what could be the back of the new iPhone to be released this summer.
The new design is evidently inspired by the iPad's aluminum shell, and taken at face value the images are fairly convincing. However, rational analysis brings a few problems to bear. The metadata in the images indicate that each picture has been passed through Adobe Photoshop CS4, an excellent photo doctoring application.
According to AppleInsider, iPhone OS 4.0 will finally include support for running multiple third party applications at the same time. The rumor suggests that by hitting the home button twice, users will see an Exposé-like interface displaying the icons of running apps, allowing the user to quickly switch to any of those apps.
Yesterday the Wall Street Journal started rumors that Apple plans to begin producing a new iPhone, with the majority of the article focusing on Apple's relationship with AT&T and the possibility of the new phone offering CDMA capabilities (meaning it would work with Verizon or Sprint). Shortly after the WSJ article, John Gruber of Daring Fireball ridiculed the WSJ rumor article and subtlely provided some interesting details that may or may not be included on the next gen iPhone. Not to be outdone, Engadget jumped on the iPhone rumor bandwagon with a release date and a name for the unannounced new iPhone. Regardless of the accuracy of these rumors, based on Apple's history with iPhone refreshes, we can expect something new out of Cupertino in June.
Below is a wrap-up of the 4th generation iPhone rumors.