AppleInsider reports that Australian resellers "began receiving mysterious packages from Apple on Friday with a warning across the top that breaching the boxes ahead of June 10th would be a violation of their non-disclosure agreements with the company."
This report, including the photos of the boxes, have been confirmed to me by sources at a major Australian technology store. It is my understanding that these boxes contain a demo of the 3G iPhone. Shipment of the retail units of the iPhone have not been made as yet, but the iPhone has an expected release to market in the week beginning 10 June. Steve Jobs will likely announce it at the WWDC conference Tuesday morning AEST.
So far only Vodafone and Optus have publicly acknowledged that they will carry the iPhone. It is rumoured that Telstra, the largest mobile network provider, is also likely to support the iPhone. No word yet from the Australian 3G pioneer network, Three, as to whether it will carry the iPhone. Its parent company, Hutchison revealed it would sell the iPhone through its networks in Hong Kong and Macau.
Looks like the wait is nearly over.
Update 7/6/08 11:15AM AEST: Gizmodo's sources suggested delivery date of 18 June 2008 way back in May. That is almost exactly spot on with what I have been told.
Update 7/6/08 6:45PM AEST: Looks like the 3G iPhone will have video conferencing capabilities and adopt the Macbook Air tear shape. Pictures at the link. Also iChat may be going Windows side. I wouldn't be surprised if MSN / Yahoo Messenger / Skype went iPhone to get in on the iPhone IM action.