Rumors are flying this morning about Apple ordering 10 Million 3G iPhones. The source is about as accurate as my left foot would be at guessing these things, but that’s beside the point of this particular post.
We all know that Apple is gearing up for a 3G iPhone, and we all know that it’s launching soon. How soon, exactly, is up for debate. My money is on WWDC, but we’ll see. The real question in all of this is…
Will you buy one?
Now, as it stands today, I sit in an area with no 3G support, and I’m in a 2 iPhone family. Just adding 3G support is not enough motivation for either of us to upgrade to new phones. At&t is rolling out increased support for 3G all over the country,and I’m sure they’ll get here eventually – but right now 3G is mainly only available in a few select markets in the US.
Since Apple is fully aware of this, it leads me to wonder, will there be anything else new with the iPhone?
The latest rumor ads the possibility of an OLED display to the mix to make a thinner phone. Would that motivate you to purchase a new one? I’m not sure – I don’t really think that I’ll have to have a new one when they first launch based on the rumors swimming about right now. An additional camera isn’t terribly motivating to me, because I don’t really see much of a point in video chat on an iPhone. My opinion on that might change after using it, but it seems almost silly to me right now.
If 3G comes my way and the plans are the same (or very close), I might upgrade if the speed really is 10x faster than Edge, but right now, I love the screen on the iPhone, and I’m not sure I’d want it that much thinner…so it leaves me wondering if people in 3G less areas feel the same.
Could Apple really even sell 10 Million of these things with so many of the general public having just purchased iPhones? I’m not talking geeks here, I’m talking people like my parents-in-law who are chomping at the bit to buy iPhones as soon as their contract is up with Alltel. I don’t think the general consumer is going to be interested in upgrading so soon.
What do you think?