Within the past week, there have been rumors that the second generation, 3G iPhone will have full GPS capabilities, a headphone jack that is no longer recessed, chrome volume buttons, and a shiny black rear housing all in a footprint slightly thicker than the existing iPhone.
Fortune piled on the news swirling the 3G iPhone by revealing what it claims to be AT&T's new subsidizing program for customers. According to a source familiar with AT&T and Apple's plans, AT&T will subsidize the cost of the new phones to the tune of $200 each. This means that the 8GB model will set users back just $199 with a two-year contract while 16GB customers will have to fork over $299.
According to Fortune's source, the $200 subsidy will only be available to AT&T customers who sign up for a two-year contract. Fortune goes on to add that AT&T can quickly recoup its initially outlay due to the fact that typical iPhone users rack up monthly phone bills of $100 versus $50 for most other phone customers.
Fortune’s source added that the 3G iPhone will launch in late June and that Apple will discontinue the first generation iPhones leading up the release date to drive sales for its latest and greatest product. The source also confirmed the inclusion of a GPS chip with the 3G iPhone, but offered contradictory information with regards to its footprint which they claim is 2.7 mm thinner.
When Apple launches its 3G iPhone in a few months, it will come with firmware which will make it more attractive to business customers. Apple will also make available a new iTunes App Store from which customers can download third-party apps directly to their iPhones.
An SDK is already available which allows developers to create programs for distribution through iTunes.