updated 02:05 pm EDT, Mon March 23, 2009
ATT on New iPhone
AT&T has reportedly made statements supporting a new, faster iPhone in the June timeframe. Citing one or more unnamed executives at the provider as "100% confirmed" sources, BGR hears the new iPhone will be unveiled "around mid-June" and that speed should be a particular focus. It's suggested that this may include (but wouldn't be limited to) AT&T's planned 7.2Mbps 3G upgrades that should roughly double the theoretical peak download speed on AT&T's network.
Apple may also close the gap in terms of hardware features, according to the tips. Without going into details, the officials have reportedly said that the 'gap in capability' between iPhones and some rival designs should be taken care of with the new device. What these are is unclear; many anticipate an upgraded camera with possible video capture features, though the description may also allude to expected iPhone OS 3.0 features like copy-and-paste text as well as MMS.
A U-verse app is said in development that would let iPhone owners control the DVR for AT&T's IPTV service, including basic remote control functions.
The apparent insider also claims AT&T has said it will start offering a regularly available, $99 subsidized netbook with 3G but that it won't run Windows. This is unlikely to include Apple given the company's approach to the devices; however, Dell regularly offers Ubuntu Linux on its least expensive netbooks and is the most likely candidate for such a deal.