The rumors have started flying about the upcoming revision to the BlackBerry Tour line. Many users are awaiting the release of the BlackBerry 9650 (Codename Essex) which is supposed to replace the trackball on the Tour 9630 with an optical touchpad along with adding Wi-Fi and a faster processor. RIM even (sort of) announced it on Facebook before retracting it.
Dan @MobilitySite got a solid tip that the Verizon actually did send the 9650 to stores, which we heard rumors of before, but they were sent back for updates. Verizon does not plan on releasing the 9650 until they release the official OS 5.0 for the Tour 9630. I can understand that because of the uproar it would cause from people who purchased the original Tour.
The last part of the rumor is the real kicker. Dan’s source told him that they will not be calling the 9650 the Tour2. Rather it will be called the Bold 9650. Al Sacco over @CIO.com also agrees that RIM should change the Tour name to Bold.
What do you think?