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Apple will stick with its June launch for a new iPhone this year, with the next-generation handset scheduled to be released in just a few months, according to one Canadian wireless provider.

According to the Regina Leader-Post, SaskTel, a Saskatchewan-based wireless provider, will offer the next-generation iPhone starting July 1. That will be after the company's new handset launches in June, said Robert Watson, president and CEO of SaskTel.

"The good news is that (Apple) is coming out with a new version of the iPhone in the June time-frame and they're going to put us on that," Watson was quoted as saying. "So we're quite excited about that."

SaskTel currently has a CDMA 3G network, but the company is switching to the GSM standard used by Apple's iPhone. The carrier plans to have its high-speed HSPA network launched by July 1, at which point it plans to offer the next-generation iPhone.

Apple is expected to introduce the new iPhone at is annual Worldwide Developers Conference at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, Calif., as it has done in years past. Late last year, WWDC 2010 was rumored to be held starting June 28, but more recent rumors suggested a launch date of June 22 for the device allegedly dubbed "iPhone HD." Other rumors have said the new handset will feature a custom A4 processor, 960x640 double-resolution display, and a second front-facing camera for video chat.

In March, a report from The Wall Street Journal alleged that Apple is working on two new iPhones. In addition to the one set to be released in June, the newspaper reported that a CDMA capable iPhone is planned for September production, and could possibly run on the Verizon network in the U.S.

Last week, Apple introduced iPhone OS 4, which will bring multitasking support to the iPhone 3GS, as well as the unannounced next-generation iPhone. The mobile operating system upgrade is scheduled to arrive this summer, and in years past a new iPhone OS release has coincided with the introduction of a new iPhone model.

In addition to hints of a forward facing camera and iChat sounds found within iPhone OS 4, the pre-release software has also suggested that the next-generation iPhone will include a camera flash to improve picture quality in dark or dimly lit places. In January, AppleInsider first reported that Apple was shopping for LED camera flash components, presumably for the forthcoming iPhone update.

It was June 8 last year when Apple introduced the iPhone 3GS. The handset went on sale June 19.
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Guess SaskTel customers can expect their first shipments to arrive sometime in Dec now.

Not like this wasn't expected.

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post #3 of 61
Nothing new - same old rumors.
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Bring it on! I'll be one of the first in line to get one. My wife has been begging for my 3GS, so this will work out perfectly.

That being said, how did AT&T handle 3G upgraders last year with the 3GS launch? Didn't they cave in and offer the discounted upgrade rate to those that had purchased the 3G a year earlier?
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"The good news is that (Apple) is coming out with a new version of the iPhone in the June time-frame


Not "June" but "June time-frame" -i.e. around June, just like it's been previous. Absolutely no more info on the face of it.
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We already knew that. We also know that Apple will make the announcement on WWDC 2010 as usual. So we actually need the dates for WWDC 2010.
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Bring it on! I'll be one of the first in line to get one. My wife has been begging for my 3GS, so this will work out perfectly.

That being said, how did AT&T handle 3G upgraders last year with the 3GS launch? Didn't they cave in and offer the discounted upgrade rate to those that had purchased the 3G a year earlier?

I bought my 3G in February of '09 and wasn't eligible for the 3GS in June/July. But if you were 1 year in, they gave you a discounted (but not full program) price.
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I bought my 3G in February of '09 and wasn't eligible for the 3GS in June/July. But if you were 1 year in, they gave you a discounted (but not full program) price.

If I am not mistaken it was at least one year and minimum $90 monthly bill per line. Otherwise you needed to pay the early upgrade price.
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if the new iPhone is as thin as an iPod touch, I'll trade in my 3gs and take the $ hit. But only if it's thinner!
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If I am not mistaken it was at least one year and minimum $90 monthly bill per line. Otherwise you needed to pay the early upgrade price.

Didn't know about the minimum $90 monthly bill part. Since I wasn't eligible, I didn't pursue it.
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if the new iPhone is as thin as an iPod touch, I'll trade in my 3gs and take the $ hit. But only if it's thinner!

I seriously doubt the iPhone will ever be as thin as an iPod Touch (at least not anytime soon anyway).
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I seriously doubt the iPhone will ever be as thin as an iPod Touch (at least not anytime soon anyway).

Agreed. Just hoping!
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If I am not mistaken it was at least one year and minimum $90 monthly bill per line. Otherwise you needed to pay the early upgrade price.

DAMNIT! I just have the basic $39.99 + data + my wife's dumbphone line sharing 700 minutes. Our bill comes out to about $100 total after State Employees 15% discount.

Oh well, I don't mind paying an extra $100 to get it early
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Agreed. Just hoping!

Yes, one can always hope. I, for one, hope the new iPhone will be compatible with my car kit. When they switched to USB power with the iPhone 3G, my old car kit was rendered partially useless (from a charging standpoint).
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HELP - My wallet is bleeding money and it's apparently not going to stop.
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DAMNIT! I just have the basic $39.99 + data + my wife's dumbphone line sharing 700 minutes. Our bill comes out to about $100 total after State Employees 15% discount.

Oh well, I don't mind paying an extra $100 to get it early

Welcome to the club.

Last year I had two 3G iPhones when the 3GS was released. I sold both on ebay and that covered the cost of buying two new 3GS at early upgrade price. The year before that I had the original iPhone (sold for $400) and did the same thing and got two 3G iPhones ($199 each). So the $499 ($599 - $100 credit) I've spent on the original iPhone in 2007 still covers my iPhone purchases
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According to the Regina Leader-Post, SaskTel, a Saskatchewan-based wireless provider, will offer the next-generation iPhone starting July 1. That will be after the company's new handset launches in June, said Robert Watson, president and CEO of SaskTel.

"The good news is that (Apple) is coming out with a new version of the iPhone in the June time-frame and they're going to put us on that," Watson was quoted as saying. "So we're quite excited about that."


In a related news story.... "Apple announced today that SaskTel's ability to sell iPhones was reversed due to a breach of contract pertaining to the confidentiality clause both parties signed. This announcement was a bitter pill to swallow for Robert Watson, the president and CEO of SaskTel who announed his resignation today after investors realized his foot was just not big enough to fit in his mouth - thus costing SaskTel millions in revenue."

Nice.
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if the new iPhone is as thin as an iPod touch, I'll trade in my 3gs and take the $ hit. But only if it's thinner!

Be prepared to give up a lot of functionality and battery life. The 3G chipset eats up a lot of power. Plus, you can kiss that autofocus camera module goodbye for a couple of years.

As an iPod touch owner, I'd rather have a thicker unit that has more functionality. But that's just me.
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Be prepared to give up a lot of functionality and battery life. The 3G chipset eats up a lot of power. Plus, you can kiss that autofocus camera module goodbye for a couple of years.

As an iPod touch owner, I'd rather have a thicker unit that has more functionality. But that's just me.

As an owner of both (I've had two generations of iPod touches in the past), I prefer the thicker shape of the iPhone. It's easier to grip.
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In a related news story.... "Apple announced today that SaskTel's ability to sell iPhones was reversed due to a breach of contract pertaining to the confidentiality clause both parties signed. This announcement was a bitter pill to swallow for Robert Watson, the president and CEO of SaskTel who announed his resignation today after investors realized his foot was just not big enough to fit in his mouth - thus costing SaskTel millions in revenue."

Nice.

Lol, too funny, even funnier because SaskTel is owned by their provincial government....but then , that explains it doesn't it....
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Yes, one can always hope. I, for one, hope the new iPhone will be compatible with my car kit. When they switched to USB power with the iPhone 3G, my old car kit was rendered partially useless (from a charging standpoint).

No, it will not.

Your car kit (like mine) uses the Firewire circuitry for charging. Apple has deprecated Firewire functionality for the dock connector.

You will need an adapter cable for your car kit. I use the iSimple ReVolt in my car for my 3rd generation iPod touch.
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As an owner of both (I've had two generations of iPod touches in the past), I prefer the thicker shape of the iPhone. It's easier to grip.

Yeah, I use a thick silicone case from Speck for my iPod touch. The added bulk makes it easier to grip.
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iChat isn't a strong enough selling point to sway me from 4G hotspot tethering with the HTC EVO and it's monumental feature list. Seriously... I can't even get phone calls on AT&T... how the hell am I suppose to do video chat with someone? Crap service is crap service is crap service.
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Lol, too funny, even funnier because SaskTel is owned by their provincial government....but then , that explains it doesn't it....

It's a crown corporation, meaning its funded by the government, but I'm not sure if "owned" is quite right in a standard sense.

People's GSM 3G phones from out of province already seem to be working on the network
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No, it will not.

Your car kit (like mine) uses the Firewire circuitry for charging. Apple has deprecated Firewire functionality for the dock connector.

You will need an adapter cable for your car kit. I use the iSimple ReVolt in my car for my 3rd generation iPod touch.

My current car kit supports USB power and charges the iPhone, but I still get the "incompatible accessory" error message.
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...Seriously... I can't even get phone calls on AT&T...Crap service is crap service is crap service.

Not all of us get crap service on our iPhones. AT&T works just fine for me in NJ
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In a related news story.... "Apple announced today that SaskTel's ability to sell iPhones was reversed due to a breach of contract pertaining to the confidentiality clause both parties signed. This announcement was a bitter pill to swallow for Robert Watson, the president and CEO of SaskTel who announed his resignation today after investors realized his foot was just not big enough to fit in his mouth - thus costing SaskTel millions in revenue."

Nice.

Actually, wasn't there an article not too long ago that stated that leaks like these were carefully cultivated by Apple itself as part of its marketing strategy?

What do you want to bet SaskTel had permission to "leak" this info?
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Guess SaskTel customers can expect their first shipments to arrive sometime in Dec now.

Not like this wasn't expected.

Yah, way to go Watson. Do you have any idea how much this leak has probably infuriated the Steve?
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My current car kit supports USB power and charges the iPhone, but I still get the "incompatible accessory" error message.

This contradicts your previous statement "my old car kit was rendered partially useless (from a charging standpoint)".

So it does charge. What functionality has been lost? My iPod car kit (the Peripheral one from 2005) doesn't display error messages at all.
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We already knew that. We also know that Apple will make the announcement on WWDC 2010 as usual. So we actually need the dates for WWDC 2010.

The general consensus among rumor site publishers is that Apple reserved Moscone for June 28-July 2 for WWDC 10 although they haven't announced it yet. Then there's supposedly separate evidence they reserved Yerba Buena for June 22 to do an iPhone HD press event. So the July 1st date is certainly reasonable according to those dates. Would be a good way to kick off the Independence Day Weekend this year and no doubt bolster sales through the roof on that 3-4 day weekend.

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This contradicts your previous statement "my old car kit was rendered partially useless (from a charging standpoint)".

So it does charge. What functionality has been lost? My iPod car kit (the Peripheral one from 2005) doesn't display error messages at all.

I have 2 cars. The older car (with the older car kit) doesn't charge the iPhone but will control it. I still get the error message about "unsupported accessory" and the suggestion to switch to airplane more. The newer car (with the newer kit) sorta works. It charges and controls the iPhone, but I still get the "unsupported accessory" message. I wonder what actually makes it an "unsupported accessory"?
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Yeah, I use a thick silicone case from Speck for my iPod touch. The added bulk makes it easier to grip.

Yeah, I have a the Mophe battery charger case...which doubles the battery life (I think) great for being on a plane. It's white with 4 blue neon lights on the back indicating charge on my white iPhone. Adds sa lot of bulk.

My friend say it looks like it was make for a Star Wars 'Storm Trooper!' I have to agree!

On a second note: My friend took me to a Nuggets game, skybox his company pays $7K/mo for....I looked around at the other skyboxes and there were all these 'fat,' 'pink,' 'soft,' 'balding' 50 year olds all texting like mad on their blackberries!

My friend, who is a financial analyst for his company has a 'dumb' phone and said all his email is on his work desktop right now and can bloody-well wait till morning! Thank you very much! He has a point!
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In a related news story.... "Apple announced today that SaskTel's ability to sell iPhones was reversed due to a breach of contract pertaining to the confidentiality clause both parties signed. This announcement was a bitter pill to swallow for Robert Watson, the president and CEO of SaskTel who announed his resignation today after investors realized his foot was just not big enough to fit in his mouth - thus costing SaskTel millions in revenue."

Nice.

Would you mind providing a link to this story? I can't tell if it's a joke you made up or if this really happened today. Thanks.

Did Apple really cancel their deal with SaskTel over this? If so that blows my mind. And what an idiot is Bob Watson for spilling the beans against the agreement he had with Apple not to. He certainly should have known better than to say anything before Apple does. It's common knowledge Jobs will kill relationships over the smallest of leaks in advance of new product announcements.

I'm flabbergasted over what both sides did on this one if it really happened.

Your post is on Google as if it happened. But there is no other Google listing saying he resigned. What is the truth please?

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I have 2 cars. The older car (with the older car kit) doesn't charge the iPhone but will control it. I still get the error message about "unsupported accessory" and the suggestion to switch to airplane more. The newer car (with the newer kit) sorta works. It charges and controls the iPhone, but I still get the "unsupported accessory" message. I wonder what actually makes it an "unsupported accessory"?

Beats me.

I have a SendStation PocketDock with line-out and I noticed that my 3rd generation iPod touch does not output line-out audio with this accessory (my iPod classic and 1st generation iPod touch work correctly).

It seems like Apple did more than deprecate the Firewire circuitry.
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Would you mind providing a link to this story? I can't tell if it's a joke you made up or if this really happened today. Thanks.

Did Apple really cancel their deal with SaskTel over this? If so that blows my mind. And what an idiot is Bob Watson for spilling the beans against the agreement he had with Apple not to. He certainly should have known better than to say anything before Apple does. It's common knowledge Jobs will kill relationships over the smallest of leaks in advance of new product announcements.

I'm flabbergasted over what both sides did on this one if it really happened.

Your post is on Google as if it happened. But there is no other Google listing saying he resigned. What is the truth please?

He was joking.
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In a related news story.... "Apple announced today that SaskTel's ability to sell iPhones was reversed due to a breach of contract pertaining to the confidentiality clause both parties signed. This announcement was a bitter pill to swallow for Robert Watson, the president and CEO of SaskTel who announed his resignation today after investors realized his foot was just not big enough to fit in his mouth - thus costing SaskTel millions in revenue."

Nice.

you should know better. there would be NO announcement from apple. robert watson would be quietly moved to nunavut.
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He was joking.

Well his "JOKE" is now listed on Google as if it really happened. I couldn't tell he was joking. How can you?

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Beats me.

I have a SendStation PocketDock with line-out and I noticed that my 3rd generation iPod touch does not output line-out audio with this accessory (my iPod classic and 1st generation iPod touch work correctly).

It seems like Apple did more than deprecate the Firewire circuitry.

Ain't it the truth. I've got an older iPod car charger/line out accessory that works fine with my 160GB iPod classic but won't even give me line out from my iPhone 3G or my new Nano. There's either something in the newer accessories that let the iPhone/iPod know that it should output line-level audio or they changed the pin-out (I'm guessing).
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This rumour is completely false and fabricated. I'm in Saskatchewan and Sasktel will NOT have an upgraded network by the June time frame. Maybe they mean June 2011?

http://www.cellphones.ca/news/post0011228/
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