6/8/2009 1:00:00 PM
Orange rumoured to join O2 as new iPhone set to be unveiled
The new Apple iPhone is expected to be announced today (Monday 8 June) at Apple’s developers conference in San Francisco.
The improvements are expected to be relatively minor, such as better battery and camera, greater memory, faster processors, Bluetooth and most critically, it will run Apple’s new 3.0 software.
At the heart of the improvements will be the aim to boost the device’s capabilities for playing and storing games and videos.
But the big news for the UK market will be whether Apple decides to extend distribution beyond O2, which has been the exclusive UK partner so far, with both the original version two years ago and the current 3G iteration (pictured).
O2 has been telling other manufacturers that it won’t have acquisition budget for a full range of smartphones in the second half of the year, and most recently it was notable for not ranging the Nokia N97 on its network when it comes out in the coming weeks.
Rumours have been circulating that Orange will join O2 as an iPhone partner in the UK, although these appear unsubstantiated.