The 3G iPhone’s launch is imminent, it’s just a matter of how long we’ll have to wait. Popular opinion and insider reports are pointing towards a mid-2008 release, and the newest bit from Citigroup analyst Richard Gardner hints at a similar or earlier release.
After visiting Taiwanese electronics companies in, well, Taiwan, Gardner claims that “sources” have indicated that the second-generation 3G iPhone is on track for a 2Q 2008 release. The revised launch window means that we could have a 3G iPhone in hand sometime between April and June of this year.
If true, the release of the 3G iPhone in a few months would outpace AT&T’s plans to expand its 3G network to 350 new markets in the US. Still, we have no problem dealing with a bit of spotty 3G coverage in return for an early crack at the next-generation iPhone (3G coverage in Los Angeles is fairly good anyway).