Is a New iPhone on the Way?

Apple-store shortages prompt a frenzy of speculation that a refresh is coming early
By Jim O'Neill,  Newser User
Posted Apr 3, 2008 12:58 PM CDT
Apple CEO Steve Jobs gestures in front of a projected image of an iPhone during his keynote at the MacWorld Conference in San Francisco, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2008.    (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
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(Newser) – Yes, there’s an iPhone shortage at Apple stores. No, that doesn’t mean a new iPhone is on the way, reports the New York Times. Apple product shortfalls usually presage new-model introductions, but experts say there’s no certainty that the 3G iPhone will arrive before its scheduled mid-year release, and point out that AT&T stores have plenty of iPhones available.

Still, some analysts, like Piper Jaffray’s Gene Munster, see an iPhone around the corner, saying there’s an “80% chance that a new version of the iPhone is coming earlier than anticipated.” An Apple spokesman, meanwhile, refused to say anything beyond, “We are working to replenish iPhone supplies as quickly as we can.”