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3G iPhone Updates : What we know and what we don't

The clock is ticking as the world and the rest of the universe brace themselves for a new updated version of the iPhone; Youtube, Twitter, bloggers and the rest of the news technology ecosphere are waiting only for one thing...

The sold-out WWDC Keynote that will showcase the OS X iPhone development platform, beginning at 10:00 am (local time) at San Franscisco's Moscone West.

So what do we know about the Jesus phone - so-called because its followers sometimes display so much fervour... First, the certainties... it will have a 3G connection and will be more opened than the current version by providing more support for third party developers - hence the launch at WWDC.

Another certainty, the iPhone version 2 will be available within weeks (if not days) in a number of countries through a number ISPs with whom Apple has forged non-exclusive partnerships.

The phone could also be available on certain of the most expensive contracts for free and will also be available on a pay-as-you-go contract, exclusively with O2.

Perhaps the dead certain fact is that Apple will definitely sell more than 10 million iPhones by the end of 2008 as Apple invade more than 50 new territories.

As for the maybe's, a 32GB version of the iPhone may appear, there may be a second front camera which would allow customers to do video calls, the iPhone introductory price may also drop to £100 and there may be a solar panel underneath that touch screen.

Other maybe's include true GPS hardware onboard - which will allow geo-targetting and photo tagging, a slimmer body and a better iPhone camera complete with flash

As a sidenote, on Friday, Crunchgear published one piece of story showing a red version of the supposedly forthcoming new iPhone which was not taken down by Apple lawyers and on Sunday, a CrunchGear article showing the real pictures of the iPhone was promptly zapped by the lawyers.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.