What would an Apple iPhone look like?

“When will Apple Computer pick up? Never mind the ‘remastered’ iPods, the souped-up PCs and the plans to bring Web video to your TV that the company has shown off in recent months: Apple enthusiasts–and some investors–want the company to roll out a mobile phone,” Rachel Rosmarin writes for Forbes.

Rosmarin writes, “And Chief Executive Steve Jobs, who takes as much care managing Apple’s press as he does overseeing its products, isn’t doing anything to discourage them. This summer, he let Chief Financial Officer Peter Oppenheimer whet appetites for a phone by telling analysts that the company isn’t ‘sitting around doing nothing’ about the wireless market.”

“Since then, techies have noticed strings of text lurking in Apple’s iTunes software code that refer to mobile phone compatibility. And the sometimes-right, sometimes-wrong Apple rumor blogs insist that the company has a deal in the works with wireless carrier Cingular that begins next year. American Technology Research analyst Shaw Wu predicts that Apple could eventually sell 10 million units,” Rosmarin writes. “But what will Apple be selling?”

Full article here.
It’ll look like it should win yet another round of design awards for Jonathan Ive and, if the price and service rates are anywhere near reasonable, we’ll buy it since we need new cell phones really, really badly because, thanks to constant never-ending rumors, we’ve been waiting for this thing for nearly four years!

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  1. Building iPods is one thing but making phones is a new category. This would be new to Apple. I would not be surprised to find that when Apple finally produces one that they partnered with Moto or Samsung to actually build it to Apple specs. Now wouldn’t that be the same as M$ farming out the production of Zune?

  2. Mikal in NYC said

    How Apple making a wonderful phone that is…UNLOCKED!

    imagine, a quad band unlocked that you could use anywhere, just pop in your sim card.

    I would pay hefty premium for something like that.


    In Asia we don’t mind paying the price and not have to be linked to a particular provider,

    Americans have let their phone companies locked their phones and try to lecture the rest of the world about freedom – go figure

  3. That’s the first freedom crackback I have ever heard from Asia. ROFLMAO. You know what that means right? You text message in Asia right?

    As for cracking on freedom in America, it is still a whole helluva lot more free here in America than in any Asian dictatorship… I mean country.

  4. IMHO, Apple would do better to create a convergience device, which would be an iPod, iPhone, and iPad rolled into one device. The device would run OS X Mobile, and utilize iSync to sync your Mail, Address Book, iPhoto, iTunes, QuickTime movies, etc., and have mobile sevices like webmail, Safari for browsing iChat Mobile for texting, video mail and video chatting.

    Building a phone that does music is cute, but most people already have a cell phone with a contract that allows them to upgrade thier phones. The only way I would dump that contract is if Apple could give me the whole ball of wax in one device. And they also already have an iPod, and are used to the two devices and their sizes.

    Compromising them both to put them together in some funky fashion would be interesting, but people will then look to converging MORE. So why not do that now?

  5. Whee, unlocked cell phones. What a great idea indeed! </sarcasm>

    American consumers are enjoying their corporate-defined Freedom™. Meanwhile, the rest of the world switch phones, numbers, SIM cards and operators as they wish.

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