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iPhone, iPhone, iPhone: An American Technology analyst released a research note stating that "sources" have indicated that Apple is leaning toward offering $50 to $150 mail-in rebates on the iPhone. Rebates are a common marketing ploy for mobile phone providers because they help take the sting off the initial phone purchase for consumers. It's a win-win for the carriers, of course, because a two-year contract guarantees them up to $2,400 in biannual revenue.
People may have to wait a little longer than hoped to cash in on iPhone rebates, however. BusinessWeek reports that Apple may be dealing with more last-minute iPhone problems than anticipated. "Various iPhone suppliers have been told that the iPhone may not be available until the end of June, according to Jagdish Rebello, an analyst with iSuppli, a market-intelligence firm in Silicon Valley." The article also mentions issues with the iPhone's battery life: "'There's a lot of skepticism about the iPhone's battery life,' says Paul Sagawa, an analyst with Sanford Bernstein. The iPhone is expected to have two batteries, one for the phone and one for the music player."
Even so, possible setbacks for the iPhone are not stopping accessories makers from coming out with cases for the device.
Keynote scheduled for WWDC: Apple has added the keynote address to its Worldwide Developers Conference schedule. Scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon on Monday, June 11, the address will kick off the week-long event, to be held at San Francisco's Moscone Center. We know, of course, that Leopard won't make its debut as a ready-to-ship OS, but attendees can expect to get a good look at a host of OS 10.5's new features, including, perhaps, integration with an open-source file-sharing system called ZFS.
More reaction to the Leopard delay: One Apple watcher see it as a leadership failure. Another wonders whether Apple can do what's necessary to "persuade you and me to upgrade." And yet another says, it won't hurt Apple in the least. Despite our disappointment (not to mention the way this messes with the Mac|Life editorial calendar), we tend to agree. Though we can also relate to Leander Kahney's lament that "Computers may still be a key part of Apple's universe, but there was a time not too long ago when the iPhone would have slipped in favor of a new Mac."
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