Analyst: Apple working on second ‘iChat mobile’ cell phone

“Apple Computer, which recently released its first mobile handset to manufacturing, is working on a second model that will incorporate messaging capabilities, according to one Wall Street analyst,” Katie Marsal reports for AppleInsider.

“‘From our understanding, it will leverage off existing iChat software that runs on Macs,’ American Technology Research analyst Shaw Wu told clients on Monday. ‘We believe it will focus initially on mobile IM as opposed to e-mail,'” Marsal reports.

Marsal reports, “Wu said it’s unclear when Apple hopes to deliver the second device to market, as it appears to remain in the development phase. He said this newly uncovered handset is likely the company’s ‘smart phone’ and could be branded as ‘iChat mobile.'”

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24 Comments

  1. “Apple Computer, which recently released its first mobile handset to manufacturing, is working on a second model that will incorporate messaging capabilities, according to one Wall Street analyst,”

    One for phone, one for messaging? LOL

    Or does it mean a blackberry alternative.

    Your Mum’s an analyst

  2. I’ll believe Apple is going to release a mobile phone when I see it in an Apple store.

    IMHO, the idea of an Apple phone is just wishful thinking.

    Would I buy an Apple phone? Yes, but not for a year or two and the cell phone market in the U.S. would have to be completely different. The sign-up-for-a-year-or-two of cell phone service plans would have to be non-existent, or almost so, and those aren’t going away anytime soon.

    It’s the “free phones” that hook people to the service plans. The only way Apple would succeed with a cell phone is for them to be their own phone service company as well.

    A possibility, but highly unlikely.

  3. The FREE PHONES SUCK.

    That’s the problem with the US wireless carriers, they push all their services on you and make you wade through menus and endless click-scrolling to accomplish anything. I have not owned a phone yet that I didn’t want to pitch into the sea at least once.

    If Apple can make a phone that actually pleasant to use, it WILL sell. The RAZR was 400 bucks when it came out and they sold gazillions of them, and I hate that bloody phone too.

    Consumers really WILL pay for a better product if they have the chance. You just watch.

    -c

    MW: ‘stop’ (draggin’ my heart around)

  4. “If Apple can make a phone that actually pleasant to use, it WILL sell. The RAZR was 400 bucks when it came out and they sold gazillions of them, and I hate that bloody phone too.

    Consumers really WILL pay for a better product if they have the chance. You just watch”

    ChrissyOne,

    Using your example of the Razr, people will pay even if it’s not a better product.

  5. Boy, this is a great way to kill sales for the new Apple phone: tell us that a better one is right around the corner. Apple must know that it will have only one chance to make a good first impression. If their first phone doesn’t hit a home run, they may not get another chance for a second model.

    This report worries me.

  6. My hope is the iPhone will have a limited version of MacOS X on it.

    Plus I hope it will reduce complexity by:

    Reduce Application complexity
    Use X-Code to compile iPhone apps, test them on your Mac then download them to your iPhone. This way Apple can download and run limited versions on iCal, iChat, FrontRow, etc.

    Reduce menu complexity
    I hope all configuring will be via your Mac/PC then sync’ed to your phone to remove the phone’s complexity in configuring. Allow multiple iPhones to be Sync’ed to one account e.g. family contact details.

    Reduce port complexity
    I hope the iPhone charges only via USB.

    Reduce Screen complexity
    Large buttons on screen due to less clutter for other elements fighting for screen space.

    iChat contacts, iTunes songs, address book, iCal calendars and iPhoto photos plus an iPhone version of PhotoBooth to take personal photos then manipulate them. I want the ‘Smart Playlists/Albums’ technology applied to the iPhone to list groups of e.g. “family members who I haven’t phoned in 2 weeks, but their birthday is in the next month”.

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