New iPhone in development. <span style="text-decoration: line-through;">Definitely.</span> <span style="text-decoration: line-through;">Probably.</span> Maybe.
To quote Donald Rumsfeld, who recently speculated on the future of the iPhone*:
There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we know we don't know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we don't know we don't know.
How true. When it comes to Apple, we only know what we think we know. Which is to say, not very much at all. For example, we know that Apple aren't interested in launching an iPhone Nano, because despite the fact they'd rip through the high-volume, low-cost handset market like cabbage through a cow's gut, they're not interested in fighting volume wars.
What we know we don't know is how Apple will move the iPhone product line forward. It's likely that a new version of the handset will be launched; the recent Spring Keynote at Macworld was hardly a gadgetfest, so it'd be reasonable to expect something shiny in the Summer. But what? MacRumours think they've found the answer buried in the code of the latest iPhone firmware update:
Looks like a lot of geek porn, but it's that topline causing all the interest. According to MacRumours, it's a strong indicator that a new iPhone handset is on the way:
Apple uses these models numbers to distinguish between different hardware models. The original iPhone carries the model number of "iPhone 1,1" while the 3G iPhone is labeled "iPhone 1,2". These numbers do not change for simple storage increases and instead represent functionally different devices. Similarly, the iPod Touch was originally introduced as the "iPod 1,1" and the most recent hardware revision was labeled "iPod2,1". The 2,1 iPod Touch added a speaker, volume controls, microphone support and a much faster processor than the first generation model.
Last year the iphone 3G launched in June, so if you're planning on buying into the Apple experience (or you'd like a mobile with lots of cool apps that occasionally connects to the number you dialled) it may be worth hanging on a few more weeks.
* obviously not a quote concerning Apple, fact fans