iPhone 4G expected to debut early June

28 May 2010

The much-anticipated iPhone 4G has been given a release date of mid-June. US telecoms carriers AT&T and Verizon will be the first operators to sell the device.

However, there are also rumours that suggest the smartphone is expected to be available from the first day of the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference, which starts on 7 June. The event ends on 11 June.

Either way, it seems to be a done deal that Apple will have the iPhone 4G circulating worldwide from this summer.

Most of the rumour mill appears obsessed with the notion that Apple will go with one carrier and indeed rumours have abounded that Verizon, which specialises in CDMA, has ordered 1m of the devices.

But, if you look at what Apple did with the launch of the iPad tablet computer, which launches internationally today, versus the launch of the first iPhone, this time Apple went with multiple operators to maximise sales. And no doubt this is what Apple will do with the 4G as it enters new markets, with various operators rather than one exclusive deal.

iPhone 4G load-out

The tech firepower of the forthcoming device seems to really drive the iPhone platform up a notch.

The forthcoming device will come with a 5-megapixel camera, high-definition capability and a 3.5-inch TFT touch-sensitive screen.

In terms of memory, the device will come with memory sizes of 64GB and 80GB and built in 512MB of RAM.

No doubt operators on this side of the Atlantic – particularly Vodafone, O2, 3 and Orange – will be battling to be first to sell the iPhone 4G.

By John Kennedy

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years