May 08, 2009

Countdown begins for Palm Pre, new iPhone

We're just a month away from Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco, and for those of us who cover tech, that means just one thing -- a new iPhone is on the way, and the rumor mill has already kicked into high gear. Purported new featuers include an upgraded camera, a digital compass, and voice recognition, as well as (potentially) an upgraded processor for better gaming performance. Of course, Apple and AT&T are under added pressure to wow us this year, given word that the BlackBerry Curve just surpassed the iPhone as the most popular smartphone in the country.

Adding to the suspense this year is Palm's impending launch of the much-anticipated Pre, which is giving the iPhone a run for its money in the hype department. Still no word from Palm about when the Pre will actually launch (it's supposed to arrive in the "first half" of this year, which is almost over), but recent rumors peg either June 5 or 8 (the eve of the WWDC) as the big day.

Also this week: Verizon Wireless and Novatel unveil the MiFi, a credit card-sized Wi-Fi router that taps into Verizon's EV-DO network; 3D Realms, the developer behind the still-unreleased "Duke Nukem Forever," bites the dust; I field reader questions about the upcoming 3G Sidekick LX; and RIM's CEO confirms that a next-generation BlackBerry Storm is on the way.

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