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iPhone no-show at Apple event

But Apple will unveil new laptops and iPods

Apple will not be showing off its much-vaunted iPhone at June's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), according to a respected Wall Street analyst.

PiperJaffray analyst Gene Munster rejected rumours that Apple will tout its iPhone at the conference (June 14) in San Francisco. Apple will launch the new mobile phone in late June.

Instead, at WWDC CEO Steve Jobs will flesh out previously undisclosed features of its forthcoming new operating system (Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard), announce new MacBook Pro models, and possibly a revamped iMac desktop lineup.

Speculation is rife that Apple will show LED-backlit MacBook Pros using the new Intel Santa Rosa chipset.

Munster predicted that from July to September Apple would sell approximately a million iPhones at an average price of US$550 each.

Munster also predicted that a widescreen iPod (essentially a stripped iPhone) would ship in early autumn. "Expect Apple to launch new widescreen iPods with the iPhone's multi-touch technology at a price-point below the iPhone's $499," said Munster. "Like $399."


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