iPhone II launch countdown

Apple is expected to launch its new iPhone today at the annual Apple Worldwide Developer Conference being held in San Francisco

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By  Mark Sutton Published  June 9, 2008

Apple is expected to launch its new iPhone today at the annual Apple Worldwide Developer Conference being held in San Francisco.

Apple supremo Steve Jobs is due to present his keynote address sometime after 10am local time, so we'll hopefully have details here from 9pm UAE tonight.

The rumourmill is predicting that iPhone II will include 3G and GPS, and its expected that this will be the version that will be on sale in Egypt and Jordan 'sometime' in the not-so-distant future.

The first version of the iPhone is already no longer available in the US and UK.

UPDATE:  As expected Steve Job's keynote is focusing on a host of new apps and software upgrades for the iPhone, but no new hardware shown yet.

Among the improvements and addition so far to what Jobs has described as iPhone 2.0 is a new mail client Mobile Me, which stores data in the cloud, to make data available anywhere.

The new software also support Chinese and Japanese character input and recognition (no word on Arabic).

Apple will also extend the availability of iPhone applications, with the extension of its App Store to 62 countries.

More security to appease enterprise customers, including VPN capabilities from Cisco. 

UPDATE: Finally Jobs gets to the crunch - the iPhone 3G is unveiled. No great surprises - looks like the old one, 3G and GPS, some pretty impressive browsing speeds and battery life specs (if they are to be believed). Lots of new applications and support for Exchange.

Credit to Apple for keeping the price down though. 8GB iPhone for $199; 16GB for $299 sounds very reasonable.

Steve Jobs also quotes some interesting numbers on how people are using their iPhones - 98% of them are browsing the web, 94% are using email, 90% are using SMS and 80% say they are using more than 10 features of the iPhone. Those figures seem pretty high in comparison to other smartphones, I'm guessing they are US users going on the fact that SMS usage is so low, but I'd like to know what Nokia or Microsoft make of them, as it would seem that iPhone users are really embracing the mobile web.

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