Apple iPhone 4G could go on sale in early June
Apple set to unveil new iPhone at Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco on June 7.
According to reports, the iPhone could be available on the same day as Steve Jobs gives his keynote speech at the conference, which will also focus on iPhone and iPad software and app development.
Mashable cites "sources familiar with the situation" as saying that Apple may shorten the usual timescale between announcing the launch of a new mobile device and making it available in shops.
Traditionally, Apple unveils its new iPhone at WWDC, and the handset then goes on sale several weeks later. However, sources say that this time, Apple may say the device is available on the same day as the announcement.
The timetable change would also make sense given that details of the so-called iPhone 4G have already been leaked.
Gizmodo is currently embroiled in a legal wrangle after it acquired a prototype of the new iPhone that had been dropped in a bar by an Apple engineer.
According to Gizmodo, the new device will feature a flat back and ceramic casing, a front-mounted camera for video chat, and an improved rear-mounted camera with a larger lens and flash for better photos in low lighting conditions.
The device will be thinner than the iPhone 3GS, but weighs more, and is expected to offer improved battery life.
The Worldwide Developer Conference runs from June 7 until 11 in San Francisco, and is traditionally used by Apple to launch new iPhone models, as well as software updates for the iPhone operating system.
"WWDC provides a unique opportunity for developers to work side-by-side with Apple engineers and interface designers to make their iPhone and iPad apps even better," said Scott Forstall, senior vice president of iPhone software at Apple.