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Macworld: Industry awaits Apple iPhone, more details on iTV

Apple Computer could launch its much-anticipated iPhone device in a matter of hours, according to the Wall Street Journal, which on Monday evening echoed several predictions recently published on AppleInsider.

Citing people familiar with the matter, the paper said AT&T's mobile phone unit, Cingular Wireless, is expected to provide a service for a new Apple phone that could be announced as early as Tuesday.

The reports findings echo those recently published in an AppleInsider piece, which cited people with knowledge of the situation as saying the first Apple cell phone would ship on time despite concerns to the contrary.

"Our experience suggests that when the Wall Street Journal reports something like this – it is usually accurate," said Shaw Wu, an analyst with American Technology Research. "We view this deal as a positive and earlier than what most investors are expecting."

The Journal also reported that Apple chief executive Steve Jobs is expected to dish more details on the company's iTV set-top media device, but not necessarily make the product immediately available.

The paper said Jobs is likely to complement talk of iTV by announcing a deal to start selling movies owned by Viacom Inc.'s Paramount Pictures through its iTunes movie store.

Jobs' opening keynote presentation at the Macworld Expo in San Francisco will begin at 9:00am pacific time.