Preview of Apple’s WWDC: Mac OS X Snow Leopard, iPhone 3.0 software, new iPhone hardware

“Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference, which kicks off on June 8 in San Francisco, has traditionally been the site of the Mac maker’s biggest announcements. This year will be no different, with the event expected to host the debut of a new iPhone running a powerful new operating system. On the computer side, WWDC attendees will hear details of Apple’s next-generation operating system, Snow Leopard,” Mitch Wagner reports for InformationWeek.

“Apple will almost definitely unveil its new iPhone at WWDC, although likely it won’t go on sale for a couple of weeks after that. The first iPhone went on sale in late June 2007 and the second in early July 2008,” Wagner reports.

“On the hardware side, one of the most significant features of the new iPhone will be its new processor. The original iPhone and last year’s iPhone 3G used the same 400 MHz processor, but the new iPhone will likely have a 600 MHz processor, writes John Gruber on the blog Daring Fireball,” Wagner reports. “The change won’t be just a little speed boost, it’ll be transformative.”

“The new model iPhone will have double the RAM of existing models, 256 MB. “Prices will stay the same — $199 and $299 — but storage will increase to 16 and 32 GB,” Gruber says,” Wagner reports. “Also look for a possible 4GB iPhone 3G for $99. That’s according to a report on the Boy Genius Report. But my colleague Eric Zeman is skeptical, noting that the first-generation iPhone came in a 4 GB model that was discontinued after a few months. I agree; I think people who’ve already decided to buy an iPhone will pay a little more for a lot more memory.”

“My gut feeling is that we’ll see the new iPhones at about the same time as we saw previous generations, late June or early July,” Wagner writes.

Full article, with more about Snow Leopard and what Wagner thinks you shouldn’t expect to see at WWDC, here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]

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