New Apple (AAPL) iPhone Rumor: June 9 Launch

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Perhaps the reason those Apple (AAPL) 2.5G iPhones are so hard to come by is that the launch date for the 3G versions is set for June 9. Why have a lot of inventory of the old stuff that no one will want?

According to Gizmodo, "Apple will announce their new model at the WWDC Keynote on June 9th. The second-generation iPhone will be available worldwide right after the launch."

The news can’t be good for RIM (RIMM), which is coming out with its iPhone-killer in the third quarter. If Apple gets a four or five month lead, interest in the new Blackberry-brother is likely to be very, very modest.

Being first into the market with a high-end 3G product is a strategic move that will give Apple an edge, particularly if it can sell a couple of million phones worldwide in the first month.

Douglas A. McIntyre