edit: engadget is also confirming the june 29 Take this one with a grain of salt, but we have it from a source that works in television who tells us that Apple's next round of iPhone commercials (three different spots) have been submitted for airtime, and at least one prominently features the magic number: release date on June 29th. (For the record, we've already heard rumors about it being on the 11th, 15th, 20th, and just about every other date in June.) That's all well and good, but there are some bits that make this especially sticky. Namely, these commercials are supposed to begin running next week -- that's before WWDC, when we were all hoping Steve would announce the iPhone date; however, the iPhone commercial(s) which actually feature the date might air after June 11th, so maybe that part is still alright. Also, the date of June 29th -- while still technically "late June" -- lands on Friday, and Apple is known for launching most of its products on Tuesdays. So hey, if it turns out to be June 29th, great -- but if not, don't say we didn't warn ya. __ http://iphonealley.com/node/115 According to AppleInsider, the iPhone may not be released until later this month. Also, a report filed by Merrill Lynch states that the iPhone may not be seen in high volumes until later this year. The report from Merrill Lynch states that monthly shipments of the iPhone will only amount to 200,000-300,000 initially, and will ramp up to around a million units by the end of this year. If this is true, we may see the same camping outside stores for days that happened with the Wii happen with the iPhone. Personally, I would find it much more fun to camp out for one of these than waiting for a UPS man to show up at the house. Appleinsider is also reporting on a tip they've received regarding the iPhone's release date. In the past few weeks, we've heard claims that just about every date in June will be the actual date, but according to Appleinsider, it may be one of the last days in June. Their contact states that the 29th is being passed around at some Apple stores as being the big day, although retail employees are rarely informed about such things. It's possible, I suppose, although it might not go over too well with the masses of rabid iFans waiting to get their hands on this year's hottest phone.