“‘There is little question that the next version of the iPhone will include 3G mobile data,’ said Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster, who believes that while there might be some small changes to how the new iPhone will look, ‘overall, we expect the new version to be very similar to the current generation iPhone,'” Rex Crum reports for MarketWatch.
“In less than a year since the launch of the iPhone, Apple has sold close to 6 million of the devices, and many analysts who follow the company expect Apple to surpass its stated goal of selling 10 million iPhones this year. A 3G version of the iPhone, which runs on faster networks than the current model, is also expected to give a boost to sales overseas, where many wireless networks employ the technology,” Crum reports.
“Apple appears to have been setting itself up for the launch of the 3G iPhone by signing more deals with international carriers. The company is set to have the iPhone in about 50 countries by the end of the year,” Crum reports.
MacDailyNews Note: Actually, it’s already currently at 70 countries and counting. Full list of current and forthcoming iPhone countries and carriers here.
Crum continues, “Ken Dulaney, of technology research firm Gartner Inc., said that while the iPhone is not yet a year old and is one of the hottest tech gadgets on the market, it’s ‘extremely important’ that Apple offer an newer version of the device in order to appeal to the business customers and international markets that are crucial for the company’s iPhone growth plans.”
“Andy Hargreaves, of Pacific Crest Securities, estimates that Apple will sell 10.5 million iPhones this year. He predicts the company will debut two new 3G iPhones at about $400 and $500 each at next week’s event,” Crum reports. “He also said that, after talking with a ‘key carrier,’ the chances of iPhone subsidies are greater than he had expected. ‘We believe consumer would react positively to the lower up-front pricing and would still purchase more iPhones than we currently estimate,’ Hargreaves said in a research note.”
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