Whether the device will actually go on sale today remains unclear, but whatever happens we will know the following information just after 10am:
- UK pricing
- Exclusive UK network carrier (sadly, this is 99.9 per cent certain to be O2, the Tub of Lard of mobile phone networks)
- Airtime pricing
- On-sale date
Also, a Chris Green prediction – I expect to see Apple also announce a 16GB iPhone today. The launch of the iPod Touch, which is basically an iPhone minus the mobile phone circuitry, in 8GB and 16GB varieties, coupled with Apple ditching the 4GB iPhone and cutting the price on the 8GB model suggests that a 16GB capacity bump was planned, but held back from the recent iPod Special Event in order to give the company something new to announce alongside the UK iPhone launch.
Holding back a 16GB version of the iPhone means the company has a genuine new product skew to underpin today’s announcement, rather than coming to market and just saying: “The same old iPhone product that has already been on sale since June is now available in another territory.
The one certainty about the iPhone announcement – IT WILL NOT BE 3G. There is no need, no point and most importantly, Apple has not submitted a 3G device for radio-communications approval by Ofcom.
Speaking personally, I would not want a 3G iPhone at this stage, as using 3G would crucify the already borderline battery life of the device.