As each new smartphone or multimedia phone is launched or announced, each one is touted as the latest 'iPhone killer'. We've seen the Nokia N95 termed such, the enigma that is the Deeda Pi, Samsung's double sided media phone, and most recently two new models from Motorola - the Q9h and the RAZR2.
After approximately six months of FCC scrutiny, the Apple iPhone has gained FCC approval. This pending approval was the only known obstacle still standing in the way of Apple and AT&T putting iPhones on store shelves.
The approval may have squased any hopes of software upgradeable 3G capabilities in the first iPhone (which most recognized to be a long shot anyway) as the FCC approval is for the slower GSM data network, EDGE.
Another internal AT&T document has found it's way into the hands of the iPhone speculation machine that is the internet. It is the latest of communication documents between AT&T and it's employees regarding the upcoming launch of the iPhone.
A couple of weeks ago, an internal email was circulated which informed employees of a month long, June 15-July 15, iPhone launch period during which vacation was strongly discouraged.
Yesterday in San Francisco was the scene of the Apple Shareholders meeting. Topics varied, however, during a segment of iPhone discussion, Jobs caught the ears of many with a comment regarding the possibility of third party applications being developed for the iPhone. Apple has previously clearly stated that the iPhone platform will not be open to 3rd party software developers so that Apple can retain full control of the environment.
There's still plenty of speculation and rumors floating around the yet to be released Apple iPhone, but that never stops more from surfacing. Though this latest report about a "nano" version of the Apple iPhone may not be a rumor, we're also not sure if a publically available US Patent Office document qualifies as a "leaked" plan (as many are calling it), either.