According to Carmi Levy, senior vice-president of strategic consulting for AR Communications Inc., the next BlackBerry will most definitely have some iPhonelike features on board.

You can bet your next mortgage payment that RIM’s engineers are already working on the next design that mimics and probably leapfrogs the iPhone. That’s the name of the game.

I tend to agree, however, I don’t believe that RIM will try to create a BlackBerry iPhone clone, nor do I believe that they need to.

RIM is already overhauling the BlackBerry Browser and if they borrow a few of the really cool features from Apple like visual voice mail and add them to the list of features we already know are coming like Wi-Fi, the BlackBerry, which is already a heck of a business device, will give Apple some serious competition in the consumer space.