Analysts Say 3G iPhone at WWDC and MacBook RefreshApple, iPhone, iPod, MacBook, WWDC April 25th, 2008
Citi analysts Richard Gardner and Yeechang Lee are predicting that the 3G iPhone will be announced at the WWDC keynote in San Francisco. I do believe this to be true but I have to clarify something that no one has been able to get right. Steve Jobs has NEVER said that there would be a 3G iPhone this year. When announcing the iPhone in the UK he did answer a question saying that they may see a 3G iPhone this year but only if they could get the battery life that they wanted out of the phone… Ahh, it feels good to clear that up, especially since huge names like Engadget and Gizmodo have been getting this wrong.
The analysts are also predicting a refresh in the MacBook line, which sounds very promising since the leak a little while ago when the images of products showed up on a .Mac web page. They are also predicting that the iPods will have some changes, not much explained here but I would guess they mean pricing, which I don’t think will happen.
Shawn Wu an American Technology Research analyst says that the current iPhone 2.5G iPhone will see a “minor casing change” and a drop in price somewhere between $299 and $349. I do think the price change is a possibility but I don’t really know what he means by “minor casing change,” what could Apple do? change the material they use to frame the glass screen? Other than that I don’t really see anything they could change.