Columnist asks ‘Will there be an Apple iPhone?’

Was the Motorola ROKR iTunes phone “a rare misstep by Apple — a result of conflicts between the desires of the computer company and Motorola, or the cellphone maker’s telecom customers? Possibly. On the other hand, Apple may not have had all that much interest in the success of the Rokr to begin with, if it was planning to move into the cellphone business itself with a true ‘iPhone,’ as some industry analysts expect it to. In that sense, the Motorola project may have been just a stopgap measure, something to keep the market happy until the Apple version came along. Although nothing is ever certain as far as the computer (and now music) company is concerned, there are signs that Apple may have its sights set on the mobile device business,” Mathew Ingram writes for The Globe and Mail. “Got any thoughts on the subject? Would you buy an iPhone?”

Full article where Ingram provides his email address for feedback here.
It’s not the “Apple ROKR,” it’s the “Motorola ROKR.” If the ROKR was a misstep, it was Motorola’s misstep. Apple’s mobile iTunes was about the only thing consistently praised in reviews of the device.

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18 Comments

  1. Apple is not well equipped to market a phone of their own. They need the links to the service providers and they are actual competition to Apple. Why would they want to allow an Apple phone to be used on their networks. They don’t even want the current motorola music phones because they don’t make any money on the music. Just look at what Verizon is doing with phone music. The best Apple can do here is to make its iTunes application available to all takers and let it be used under anyone’s service and allow as many songs as the user wants. If they make a deal with the providers to give them a cut of each download done over a phone similar to the one MDN does with the apple store, then the service can make money also.

  2. Dear Nameless Weasels;

    I apologize for my previous comments. I’m on anti-rant medication but it’s very strong and sometimes I skip a dose.

    I would like to get back in all of your good graces. You are my friends, my pals, my bestest buds and my big toe.

    Let me know, by addressing me directly in your posts, what I can do to make it up to all of you.

    Sincerely,

    Over-medicated Just Wondering troll

  3. I THINK APPLE NEEDS TO DEMONSTRATE A PHONE WITH E-MAIL AND WEB SEARCHING CAPABILITIES, I THINK THE PHONE SHOULD HAVE A GPS–I THINK THE PHONE SHOULD HAVE STAR CHARTS KEYED TO THE GPS SO PEOPLE WILL ALWAYS KNOW THE NAMES OF THE STARS–I THINK THE PHONE SHOULD HAVE AN ATTACHMENT THAT CAN MONITOR BLOOD PRESSURE–TALK ABOUT ILIFE. I THINK APPLE NEEDS TO GET HBO ON ITUNES. I THINK APPLE NEEDS TO GET TURNER CLASSSIC MOVIES AND ASIAN MOVIES AND ITALIAN MOVIES AND FRENCH MOVIES ON IPOD. IPOD AND ITUNES AND PODCASTING IS BY FAR THE MORE INTERESTING SECTION OF THE INTERNET AND THE WORLD DOES NOT FOR THE MOST PART YET KNOW IT–HOW IS THAT FOR APPLES , I MEAN OURM, FUTURE? AN ITUNE A DAY KEEPS THE DOCTOR AWAY.

  4. Mr. BuriedCaesar, I think ‘Just Wondering’ was referring to the fact that you can only store up to 100 songs on the ROKR at a time, regardless of how much memory is still available.
    Most people believe this was a move by Apple to ensure that the phone did not take too much market share from its iPods, considering the smallest of iPods can store more songs at ~120.

  5. Geez – “iPhone”, “iTalk”, “iVoice” are all STUPID, people. It should be “iPod phone” or “iPod voice” like the nano or mini naming conventions. I guess there’s a reason you people aren’t professional consumer-product brand identity consultants.

  6. I’d buy an Apple mobile phone, because they would:

    * get the UI right – and it’d look downright cool without a doubt!
    * have a minimalist design that we have come to expect;
    * get the pre-emptive text right, including a decent concept of grammar;
    * have the dictionary filled with REAL words (I type ‘to’ into my SE T610 and it gives me ‘vn’ – wtf is that? There’s an endless list of non-words and absolute gibberish sitting in there) and on that note, a dictionary I can edit;
    * have an keypad and navigation control that was RELIABLE and intuitive;
    * have an address book that interacts properly with my computer’s;
    * be simple to set up mobile email – the SE is so convoluted, you need a degree, a spare half hour and SP assistance (and they were befuddled) to set it up.

    On the downside, it would probably STILL require me to put on a fake U.S. accent so its voice control would understand what the hell I’m saying.

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