There’s little doubt that Apple is going to unveil the next iPhone on Monday, but the real question is, will Steve Jobs be there to announce it?
Apple CEO underwent treatment for pancreatic cancer several years ago, and still suffers from some lingering health effects. He went on medical leave early this year, but Apple says he will return this month.
Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference kicks off on June 8, and the company is widely expected to use the occasion to give the world the first look at its third-generation smartphone. It’s not clear yet if Jobs will be doing his usual keynote address. He’s been on stage at this event for the last two years to talk about the iPhone.
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Jobs is ready to return to work, but Apple isn’t saying whether its CEO is ready to undergo the stress of a big public address.
Apple’s co-founder has always been heavily involved in the design of his company products, and many credit him with the success of Apple’s digital music player and smartphone. This is why there was such concern when he took a leave of absence in January.
Even during his hiatus, Jobs continued to work from home on important projects, and he took a special interest in the user interface changes that are part of the smartphone that will be released this summer. He’s also participated in development of other future products.
More about the iPhone V3
According to leaks and rumors, the next iPhone will be an evolutionary rather than a revolutionary model. Its feature set will be improved, but not dramatically so.
It will supposedly have twice the Storage capacity, support for recording and editing video, and a handful of other features, like MMS support.
As mentioned earlier, the announcement is expected to happen on Monday, but the release if the third-generation iPhone reportedly isn’t going to happen until July 17.
Source: Wall Street Journal