Wednesday, June 25, 2008 11:19 AM PT
Just when we though the iPhone news, rumors and guesses had come to an end with the official announcement of the 3G model, it continues. The July 11 release date is set in stone, but the question remains of what time the iPhone 3G will actually go on sale. Rumors are circulating that it will be 8 a.m. on July 11, according to insider details leaked to The Boy Genius Report.
If you recall last year, the release of the first iPhone came at 6 p.m. local time, which was presumably done for a variety of reasons, including so Apple could make the promised June release by delaying until the last possible minute. This decision also made it possible for every local news station to do a live story on the release, as well. Great public relations move, Apple.
The rumor suggest that AT&T store managers received details today that the official release would be coming at 8:00 a.m. on July 11.
What this could ultimately mean is that people will be forced to wait in line overnight for the iPhone 3G, rather than just waiting all day like the majority of occurrences last year.
This will inevitably lead to the discussion of camping out for the phone, but I personally don’t think it will be warranted, especially after the initial iPhone release proved that the stock wasn’t as big of an issue as many Apple stores had inventory the following days.
For those diehard Apple fans that will feel it necessary to camp out in the summer heat for a cell phone revision, enjoy your time. I’ll be sitting inside the air conditioning and pick up my own 3G iPhone later that afternoon.