According to the latest leaks from Taiwanese component suppliers, Apple have already started clawing in the parts required for the next-gen iPhone. If Chinese-language paper Commercial Times are to believed, Apple are planning to launch the new handset in June this year.
It’s unclear whether that “launch” means an announcement or the new iPhone physically hitting shelves. While the original iPhone took an extended period to reach stores after Apple announced it, news of this new replacement would likely cease the majority of sales of the current iPhone 3G. Therefore it’s in Apple’s best interest to have the new model ready for sale simultaneous with its announcement.
Previous leaks regarding components have suggested that the next-gen iPhone will include WiFi draft-n, an FM transmitter and a 3.2-megapixel camera with autofocus. As for software functionality, it’s expected to record video and have compass features.