Edit: It's been a long thread, but as of the keynote - the keynote gave a preview of the 3G iPhone, which may or may not have more features than shown when launched on July 11 in 22 countries. //Previous initial post below. I'm starting this thread to look into these again, as I think the 3G is pretty close, but wanted to get some accurate info on dates and such. Reasons why no 3G iPhone yet: Battery life, 3g chips that hog battery, and the U.S. having eff all 3G i.e. being behind Europe, Japan, etc on 3G cover. Battery: Incremental update, the 3G iPhone will have a slightly better amount of charge it can hold. Battery life is also related in large part to the use of internet, EDGE and 3G 3G chip: Broadcom BCM21551 - It's the 3G iPhone's saviour chip. http://www.broadcom.com/products/Cellular/3G-Baseband-Processors/BCM21551 http://www.broadcom.com/collateral/pb/21551-PB02-R.pdf 3G iPhone will, if it goes with the BCM21551 and doesn't sneak some bespoke Broadcom chip it's been secretly working on will finally have FM radio! Up to 5Mpixel camera, Stereo head set. A bonus? An FM radio transmitter (for car stereo music playback). Optional extra chips compatible: GPS: BCM4750 Single-Chip AGPS Solution Mobile multimedia, Mobile TV, & Mobile Power Management, DVB: BCM2940 BCM21551 was early access Oct 2007, and said to be available large amounts in 6 months. Which pegs it at March - May max, unless Apple wants to drag it out. Priced at $23.00 in large quantities, and gives decent efficiencies being a System on a Chip. Contenders (I'm still looking, but most are 3Q 2008. E.g. 4th edition S60 (which won't be called 4th edition) will be coming out by late 2008, and announced mid 08 (which will tbe finger and stylus sensitive) Seeing as no other manufacturer is saying they're using them this summer, Apple might have carte blanche to grab as many as it can now. Seeing as how Apple's iPhone is "a year ahead" and all, you'd think a) They'd want to retain that lead ahead of competitors rushing out touchscreens this year b) Only tech parts and controlled timings of product releases hold them back So people - what events hold Apple back from announcing the 3G iPhone FCC trials next Tuesday? They could keep it secret for a while, but Apple will have to pre-launch it before FCC to get a decent product launch. http://www.linuxdevices.com/news/NS8838596703.html Edit: Watch for rumours on Japan or Portugal release dates. Edit: Currently 2Q is the best bet. Do they lose sales by waiting till June? Are they held up by hardware or software till then? As long as announcement to shipping time is short, they won't lose too many sales in the meantime, and actually make a lot more once it's shipping (that'd be all those people waiting for 3G first).