“sources close to the 3G iPHone launch have told Gizmodo that Apple will announce their new model at the WWDC Keynote on June 9th. The second-generation iPhone will be available worldwide right after the launch.” –Gizmodo
That is a pretty bold statement but I have to be honest, I believe it. It is clear that Apple is going to release a 3G iPhone, it is the next step in cellular technology for them, the only question was when, and Gizmodo just answered the question.
Some other things mentioned in the post though is that in Spain the new iPhone will be available on June 18th at the grand opening of Telefonica’s megastore availability of the phone would come to other stores shortly after that (in Spain). This seems a little weird to me, I can’t recall a time where Apple released a product only at one location and then made it available in other locations later, I don’t know, it just seems strange.
Gizmodo also stated that the 3G iPhone will no longer be available at a fixed price point, and to me, that means nothing, unless it means that you could purchase the iPhone without a contract for a higher price, which is possible. They also say that the launch will bring new sales policies. I don’t know what more Apple could do with the sales policies they currently have, you can’t purchase with cash and there’s only one phone per customer at Apple stores.
This launch was inevitable and it makes sense for Steve Jobs to announce this at the keynote, it is relative to developers.