New iPhone Expected Today; HTC Gains Clout in Smartphones

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Apple CEO Steve Jobs is expected to unveil today a new iPhone sporting a second camera for video conferencing, although we’ll have to wait until 1pm Eastern/10am Pacific to get the full scoop, when Jobs goes on stage at Apple’s developer conference.

Apple’s iPhone is the number two best-selling smartphone in the U.S. behind RIM’s Blackberry, but industry members are watching HTC, as the latest up and comer in the market. Analysts say HTC is giving Apple some competition with its new EVO 4G (first 4G phone in the U.S.) that went on sale last week and the Droid Incredible, according to The Wall Street Journal. The EVO is seeing spot shortages and launched to long lines at some Sprint locations while the Droid Incredible (with a larger screen than the iPhone and 8MB camera) is backordered until June 28 for anyone who orders a phone today through Verizon Wireless. (See update below)

Source: The Wall Street Journal
Photo via DigitalAge Communications of reported iPhone 4G/HD phone snapped at Computex in Taiwan last week. This adds to previous sightings of a “squared off” next gen iPhone seen over the past two months.

Update! Sprint said sales of the EVO on its launch day, Friday, June 4, set records for the carrier. EVO sales were the largest of any single phone sold in one day for Sprint (a record previously held by the Samsung Instinct and Palm Pre). But the EVO beat the Instinct and Pre by three times for its sales Friday compared to sales of the Instinct and Pre combined over three days. Sprint also admitted to shortages at its own retail locations and at RadioShack, Best Buy and Walmart and said it is replenishing inventory daily at some stores.
“HTC EVO 4G has more than lived up to our expectations that it would be one of the most anticipated technology products of the year,” said Kevin Packingham, senior vice president Product Development for Sprint. “We are working closely with our partners at HTC to increase the supply and get EVO 4G into the hands of everyone who wants one as quickly as possible.”
Source: Sprint

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