“Taiwan’s BenQ believes Apple will indeed offer a mobile phone product. One company executive this week said the ‘iPhone’ is ‘definitely coming,’ claiming the iPod maker has been talking to Taiwanese component manufacturers, some of whom also supply BenQ’s handset operation,” Tony Smith reports for The Register. “The BenQ staffer’s comment comes courtesy of Australian website Smarthouse. He said: ‘Among manufacturers in Taiwan [Apple’s plan] is common knowledge. The issue for many is the availability of parts if the phone takes off.'”
“He said BenQ was not in the running as a potential Apple partner: the two companies would be in competition, as they already are in the digital music player arena,” Smith reports. Apple “certainly been rumoured to be plotting to become a mobile phone operator in its own right, renting spare capacity off one of the existing networks. Can Apple offer anything other than a music-friendly phone – hardly a radical step, these days? Its synchronisation technology provides a solid foundation to get personal information, pictures, videos and music on and off the handset, and if it ties this into its .Mac web-based service, it has the basis for a Danger-style access-your-data-anywhere system that could well win an audience beyond iPod fans.”
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