Over the last several months, there has been a lot of buzz around the Internet regarding a 3G iPhone coming soon from Apple. We haven’t mentioned a thing about it yet because we weren’t quite convinced that it was actually going to be coming as early as some have predicted. Now we’re starting to feel a little more comfortable with the speculation, especially after seeing an internal email that was sent to all AT&T employees. Take a look (important parts are emphasized):
To: All Employees
Last year at this time we asked that all vacations be scheduled before June 15 or after July 15, to ensure adequate store staffing and to give everyone an equal opportunity to benefit from an exciting product launch. Thanks to your hard work, we experienced excellent sales during the mid-summer period. This year, the numbers you produced in 2007 will be hard to beat; but as a business, we must rise to the challenge, and make every effort to exceed last year’s sales results. Your management team is counting on you!
We’ll meet the challenge “head-on” by providing an exciting Summer Promotional Launch to enable your sales to soar. We again anticipate heavier than normal customer traffic in our stores, providing an excellent earning opportunity for every front line retail sales consultant (RSC) in company owned retail stores.
To ensure proper staffing during this period, Sales personnel planning to take approved time off are encouraged to schedule their vacations before June 15 or after July 12 to participate in the heavy selling period
Previously approved vacation will be allowed where voluntary rescheduling is not feasible
No additional vacation will be approved for 6/15 – 7/12
If customer traffic is manageable, there may be an opportunity to approve vacation toward the end of the period. Managers will communicate updates as they become available.
If the new 3G iPhone were to launch on June 15th, it would be two days after WWDC ended. The only problem with that date is that it happens to fall on a Sunday, and we don’t believe Apple would launch a new product on a weekend. The launch would likely come early the following week or maybe even later in the month like they did last year with the late June iPhone launch.
Now that we’ve finally mentioned the 3G iPhone for the first time, it might be worth mentioning some of the new features that it is rumored to have:
- 3G (obviously)
- Fully functional GPS
- Instead of being metal, it will be a glossy black from top to bottom
- Slightly thicker in size from current iPhone
There’s no word on what battery life would be like, but hopefully it would remain about the same as the current iPhone because that is definitely one of its best features.