RUMOR: Apple ‘iPhone’ to debut at Macworld Expo in January 2007

“Apple is working at a feverish pace to finish up its initial foray into the cellular phone market, but reliable sources report the new device will not be announced until Macworld Expo San Francisco in January 2007,” Ryan Katz reports for Think Secret.

“Apple is counting its first phone will stir the U.S. market and enjoy the same buzz that Motorola’s RAZR and LG’s Chocolate phone have. To that end, Apple will pack several high-end features into its phone, including a 3-megapixel camera, 2.2-inch display, and complete iTunes/iPod features and integration, sources with direct connections to the company’s plans report,” Katz reports.

MacDailyNews Note:  Chocolate Cellphone Only Looks Sweet; Its Design Is Flawed – Walt Mossberg, Wall Street Journal, August 03, 2006

Katz continues, “Unlike Motorola’s iTunes phones, Apple’s phone will not feature a 100 song limit. Instead, the number of music and photos that can be packed into the phone will only be limited by its storage capacity, although at present sources have been unable to confirm what that will be.”

Full article with more details here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “LinuxGuy and Mac Prodigal Son” for the heads up.]

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  1. You know, I want the Apple iPhone as much as the next Mac Maniac, but somehow I don’t see it fitting well with Apple’s living room strategy.

    Unless at some point in the future, they release a 7th generation iPod that happens to have a phone feature, why would they want you to buy two peripherals to keep in your pocket?

  2. Hmmm.. I may wait til January for a new phone then, mine is a piece of crap. Battery management is the worst I’ve ever had. The buttons are too sensitive.

    I need a new phone. I wonder who the carrier would be? Cingular?

  3. Man, we don’t take any breaks with the rumors around here, do we? I am still exhausted from the last round. I am super excited about a genuine Apple designed cell phone. I am sure we are going to hear a bunch of complaining from the little whiners on this board, but I am sure this is going to be great!

  4. I prey that it’s Cingular because I could get an employee discount on that. But what I could easily see apple doing is have a way for it to work on both the major networks. Then anyone in the world could buy the phone.

  5. It doesn’t have to fit in with the iTV strategy. For now it is just another product where Apple can show the rest of the world that, what it chooses to do, it does better than others who have been doing it for years.

    It is also a hedge against the day that people accept that MP3 players disappear after becoming as commoditized and disposable as cell phones are today.

    I also think that this is another step on the way to the iSlate product that will be full OSX/phone/GPS/full screen/virtual keyboard and controls/wifi/bluetooth/hydrogen powered and generally everything you want in the paalm of your hand…


  6. Unless this theoretical iPhone is radically different from what is already available, Apple may be wasting energy, time and money.

    Let’s face it, cell phones are commodity items at this point. Most are uninteresting, poorly designed and so crammed with useless and idiotic features, that they’re a pain to use.

    I vote for: iCast, or eyeCast, or vCast. Or WalkingCast…

  7. I BADLY need an Apple phone. I’m sure many others would also welcome a phone that is NOT “uninteresting, poorly designed and so crammed with useless and idiotic features, that [it’s] a pain to use” (see Reeee, above). Combining a cell phone with iChat would be a KILLER product.

  8. What we really need is Apple to do a phone with iPod/PDA functions. I just got a Treo, and it’s great. Best phone I’ve owned (over a Razr, etc). But, it’s big. If Apple could make something as functional as the Treo, in the size of a iPod Video, or even a 3G iPod, I’d buy it.

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