St. Steve, patron saint of gadgets, to take the stage

June 9, 2008

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Apple Inc Co-founder and Chief Executive Steve Jobs is set to take the stage at the Apple developer conference in San Francisco where he is widely expected to introduce a new generation of iPhone devices that bring the Internet to phone users at faster speeds.

Speculation is rampant that some models will be thinner and cheaper while other models, designed to work on so-called 3G networks and speed data delivery, will make using the Web on your phone more like using the Web on a broadband computer. CrunchGear claims to have obtained promotional marketing materials showing 16-gigabyte iPhone models in black and red and sporting a tiny video camera for live video calls.

In preparation for the news, Apple has taken its Apple store offline temporarily. “We are busy updating the store for you and will be back shortly,” a notice on the store site read Monday morning.

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