Rumour Mill: New iPhone scheduled for June?

News reports from the Middle East point to a new iPhone becoming available by mid-summer this year. This speculation, which could be based upon little more than "idle gossip," claims mobile operator Etisalat would offer "the next version of the iPhone" starting in June.

The likelihood of this being a completely new model is low--although it will be a year since Apple unveiled the iPhone 3G, and two years since the original hit the shelves in the US. Apple rumour mongers have pointed to the recent statement from the company's marketing chief, Phil Schiller, who spoke of a yearly cycle for new iPhone models.

Maybe this "next version" could include some missing features--such as copy and paste, media messaging, video or proper Bluetooth, or it might just be something dull like a simple increase in storage capacity and a boost to processing speeds.

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