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Rumor: New iPhone to Launch July 17

Wired today reports (citing sources who spoke to Apple iPhone Apps) that the new device will launch July 17. The same source provided a list of specs that are in line with previous rumors of more RAM, a faster processor, MMS, FM transmitter, a compass and video recording and editing capabilities. However, the source threw in a couple of extra features that will likely please iPhone fans. For example, Apple plans to keep the $199 and $299 price points and the battery in the new version will apparently last 1.5 times longer.

No word as to whether July 17 will be a U.S.-only launch date or if it will be a simultaneous launch across several countries. We also don't know which of Apple's new iPhones the specs below depict. Rumor has it the company is developing as many as three, including one high end and one low end.

Check out the full list of specs from the Apple iPhone Apps blog:

* 32GB and 16GB storage (up from the current 16GB and 8GB models)
    * $199 and $299 price points to be maintained
    * 3.2-megapixel camera (up from the current 2-megapixel camera)
    * Video-recording and editing capabilities
    * Ability to send a picture & video via MMS
    * Discontinuation of the metal band surrounding the edge of the device
    * OLED screen
    * 1.5 times the battery life of the current models
    * Double the RAM and processing power
    * Built-in FM transmitter
    * Apple logo on back will glow
    * Rubber-tread backing
    * Sleeker design
    * Built-in compass
    * The camera, GPS, compass and Google map combined will identify photo and inform about photo locations
    * Turn-by-turn directions

So what’s the verdict? Is it worth shunning the recently announced Palm Pre (set to launch on June 6 for $199 after rebates) and waiting a few extra weeks for? We say yes if the price is to stay the same, otherwise, no. We’d also like to see AT&T’s prices drop just a smidge but that doesn’t seem likely. Let us know what you think!

  • Vettedude
    Seem all better than the current, but I like the metal band around the screen. I don't own one though, and refuse to pay the apple tax on a phone so I won't be getting one either.
  • Is this thing really coming out ;P?
  • gimpy1
    With a glowing apple logo on the back, how can I resist...
  • gm0n3y
    FM transmitter? Sweet, now I can run my pirate radio station using an iPhone.
  • pharge
    Love the spec if that is really happening.

    However, The thing I learned from the track record of previous iPhones and MS softwares.... it is better not to be the "guinea pig".
  • gabeiscoding
    Yea, I think the metal bound is a plus. I recently had a iPod touch attached to a portable speaker set fall off a table and land upside-down with the weight of the speaker set plowing it into cement and although the metal band is now a bit bent, the thing works perfectly and the screen did not crack. Yea metal band! You saved my touch!
  • I'll probably get an iPhone at some point in the future just because of the "wow" factor even though I do hate that Mac Tax...

    For a few years now I've been using the 8830 pretty much exclusively for work and just forwarding my personal cell (Razor V3T). Few days ago I busted out the Razor and forgot how nice it it to have a small, simple, slick looking cell phone that people can't email me on. Maybe when it's time for a phone change I'll take a step back instead...
  • waikano
    FM Transmitter? I am skeptic about that. Has Apple changed it's mind about iPod/iPhones needing FM? If it is great, but will wait until final release before I get too excited.
  • grieve
    I have the current 3G Iphone… Honestly, this is the best electronic device I have ever purchased. I love it! (Even though it’s apple)

    My main concern with this new rumored Iphone is how I can dump my present contract to get my hands on the new one….
  • Considering 1.5 years ago I spent $300 on my ATT tilt (which never got the support it should have) I would seriously consider purchasing the iphone with those updated specs. I agree with you though Jane that AT&T dropping the plans pricing would be the greatest, and would seal the deal for me.