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3G iPhone Rumor Firehose Continues; $399 Starting Price, WWDC Launch

As un-Apple as it sounds, the latest stream from the 3G iPhone rumor firehose brings with it news that the next generation Apple handset could come in at the current iPhone’s price point. TG Daily reportedly spoke to “industry sources” that have shed some new light on the impending and highly anticipated launch of the 3G iPhone. First and foremost, the new breed of iPhone will launch with two or three models available; an 8GB model for $399, a 16GB model for $499 and possibly a 32GB model for $599. If these price points are accurate, we have to wonder of course what this would mean for the first generation iPhone. Will it catch another price drop? Will it go the way of the dinosaur? The next info TG got their hands on relates to the physical design of the iPhone. According to their sources, the new build will shed 2.5mm in the waist and will get a few material revisions that will result in a less plasticky feel on certain areas of the phone. Thinner and less plasticky? If that’s the case then the possible redesign pic seen above from our post last week is certainly a Photoshop job. The final info of worth is an affirmation of the rumored June release. TG reports that the 3G iPhone launch will take place at Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) that kicks off on June 9th. Of course this is a definite possibility, but it falls short of our prediction. We stopped taking contest entries yesterday though so don’t go running over to change your entry. So there you have it: We could be less than two months away from a slender new 3G iPhone with a better build and no price hike. What do you think?

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Zach first joined BGR in 2007 as a Staff Writer covering business, technology, and entertainment. His work has been quoted by countless top news organizations, and he was recently named one of the world's top 10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes. Prior to BGR, Zach worked as an executive in marketing and business development with two private telcos.