Reports on the 3G iPhone Coming Thick and Fast

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There is little doubt that Apple intends to follow up the current iPhone with a version that offers 3G wireless networking. The only question is when this will happen. In the last few days, a number of industry sources have shed some light on this situation.

Among these is Kevin Rose, the founder of Digg, who claims he was told by a high-level vice president for a company that works with Apple that a new iPhone is definitely coming, and that "it will ship in June w/3G and GPS".

Scott Craig, an analyst from Bank of America, partially confirmed this information by saying his sources indicate that the 3G iPhone will start production in May, and go into full production in June.

In addition, Ken Dulaney, an analyst for market-research firm Gartner, cited unnamed sources in Asia when he told the iPod Observer that Apple has ordered 10 million iPhone 3G units to be produced.

Dulaney went on to speculate that this model will use an OLED display, which would be thinner and lighter than the current screen, and use  less power. This design change could potentially solve a problem. Apple has said that the current iPhone doesn’t have 3G because it would put too much strain on the battery. An OLED display would help, both by using less power and allowing room for a larger battery.

The addition of 3G to the iPhone would 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 used the 2.5G standard EDGE.

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