If, like me, you got a lengthy contract with your iPhone 3G, then you may have wondered “what could i possibly upgrade to when my contract is up for renewal? I already have the best mobile phone on the market!” Well here is some more news to back-up the rumor reported by Messymeese last week, and the mock images you see above from gizmodo, that a new iPhone model could be on it’s way after clues had been discovered in the latest firmware update, 2.2.1.

     Coverage of Apple’s plans to launch the iPhone 3G in the United Emirates later this month appears to also signal a June release date for the iPhone 3G’s successor.

     On Monday, Emirates Telecommunications – Etisalat, said that it had struck the first iPhone deals of 2009 when it announced in a local newspaper plans  to bring the iPhone 3G to the UAE and Saudi Arabia (under the Mobily brand) later this month.

     Mark Davis, Program Director for iPhone at Etisalat, later spoke to Dow Jones and revealed the precise launch date to be February 15th. The same report went on to say that the “next version of the device, which is due out in June, will be launched in the UAE at the same time”.

     The source of the June comment is unclear, but it appears to have come by way of Davis. That said industry watchers generally expect Apple to take the wrapping off its next-generation touchscreen handset in June, approximately one year after the iPhone 3G made it’s debut.

     To this end, the hardest supporting evidence to date has come from Apple Marketing Chief Phil Schiller, who in a post Macworld 2009 interview last month outlined the Cupertino-based company’s general product cycles, which he said includes an iPhone cycle in June.

     The recent references to an iPhone 2,1, which have cropped up in weblogs and versions of Apple’s firmware suggest testing of the next-gen iPhone is beginning to heat up. Unlike the original iPhone and the iPhone 3G, which were referenced as the iPhone 1,1 and iPhone 1,2, respectively, the iPhone 2,1 appears to signal a major architectural overhaul that is more significant than last year’s upgrade.

      Specifically, a lengthy breadcrumb trail laid by Apple and it’s partners suggest the new model will include the use of customized “System on a chip” components developed by Apple using ARM processor cores and incorporating new PowerVR video and graphics processing core designs developed by Imagination Technologies.

Source thanks to Appleinsider