One of the things that has kept some consumers from buying an Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) iPhone is that it only runs on AT&T’s (NYSE: T) 2.5G network. That makes the device’s connection to the internet slow.
Now, the research arm of a major firm, Bank of America, says that the Apple iPhone 3G product will be out in a few weeks. According to AppleInsider "financial analyst Scott Craig points to channel investigations which show an iPhone capable of faster, third-generation cellular Internet access produced in small numbers in May."
The product would not only bring in consumers who want a handset with a faster connection. It could help Apple crack the business market. Most RIM (NASDAQ: RIMM) Blackberry products already have 3G capacity. Apple is targeting the Blackberry as it tries to take a piece of the enterprise market.
A 3G version of the iPhone could boost sales significantly and help Apple’s numbers in the June quarter and beyond. It would be the largest single change in the handset since its release.
Douglas A. McIntyre