Analyst predicts Apple will maintain current prices for the next generation of its smartphone.
A well known Apple watcher said he believes Apple will launch a 4G version of the iPhone next month at some familiar price points.
Apple will introduce a 32GB version of the so-called iPhone 4G at $199, and a 64GB version at $299, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster predicted in a research note published Wednesday.
Those are the same as the prices for the 16GB and 32GB versions of the current iPhone 3GS—except at Wal-Mart, which has cut the price of the 16GB version to $97.
Munster also predicted that the iPhone 4G will go on sale to the public in mid to late June.
The iPhone 4G rumors kicked into high gear Monday when Apple confirmed that CEO Steve Jobs will deliver the keynote address at the company's World Wide Developer Conference, which starts June 7 in San Francisco.
Jobs missed last year's event after reportedly undergoing a liver transplant.
To boot, just weeks after an Apple engineer left one on a barstool in California, another iPhone 4G prototype was spotted earlier this month. Bloggers at the Vietnamese tech site Taoviet posted pictures of a device, labeled APL0398, that was similar to the phone lost in March by engineer Gray Powell.
Taoviet's photos showed a complete teardown of the alleged iPhone 4G, including shots of its internal, system-on-a-chip. Apple, for its part, has not confirmed the pictures' authenticity.
Apple isn't providing specifics about Jobs' WWDC keynote.
The company said only that the conference will feature five technology tracks, including Applications Frameworks, Internet & Web Graphics & Media, Developer Tools, and Core OS. Apple said the conference is now sold out, with about 5,000 developers expected to show up.
Shares of Apple were up .09%, to $245.45, in afternoon trading Wednesday.
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