Apple is very confident about the success of of the iPhone 3G, as it has reportedly ordered millions of units to be ready in June.
Of course, the company has plenty of justification for its confidence. The original iPhone has sold in record numbers, and there's every reason to believe the updated version will too.
To be ready for consumer demand, Apple is reportedly expecting Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) to manufacture and ship 3 million iPhone 3G units in June.
The Commercial Times is also reporting that Apple believes it will eventually sell 24-25 million of these devices.
More About the iPhone 3G
Although a few hardware and software changes are expected, the upcoming version of the iPhone probably won't be radically different from the current one.
Obviously, the biggest hardware change will be the addition of 3G. This will allow it to connect to faster cellular-wireless networks, increasing the speed at which users can surf the Web and exchange email. The current version uses the 2.5G standard EDGE.
Apple is likely expecting 3G to significantly increase demand for the iPhone in Europe and Asia, places where many consumers demand 3G in their phone. This has caused sales of the original model in these areas to be weaker than they are in the United States.
The major software change in the upcoming version will be the ability to run native third-party applications that have been approved by Apple. Of course, current iPhones will get a system software upgrade to allow them to do this as well.
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