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. My Post from last weeks ” your wish list for the iPhone”

    People People!!!

    Let’s think here! If you can hook into a network with a phone think about the possibilities! I was running last night and I thought about this and it brought a smile to my face. Please tell me if this is a farce or just too hard to do.

    1. Mobile iChat. Viedo on cellular service seems to be the new rage. Why not a direct conversation iChat style? That would be insane and also fit into somehting that apple would do for sure.

    2. With having that why not also have your songs stream to you from the iTunes servers? They have your purchase info. Screw loading your phone. Why not just be able to stream the songs that you have purchased already no matter what ther amount. It just hits the server for the song that is playing and maybe buffers that 1 song as it plays. So you can carry your entire music collection anywhere ( purchased, a big selling point for apple and a huge leap ahead of any competition )

    3. Of course home sync. for all your calendar and bookmarks, and contacts.

    4. Oh, and my realistic want is it to be a flip phone for damage and scratch reasons.

    The Pi has thought, the Pi has spoken!

    -Pi

  2. With the new patent Apple applied for, imagine a phone that will automatically light up a keyboard for typing, then switch to numbers for phone use, then switch to an wheel (non-clickable, of course) on a translucent surface. holy crap, iphone?? more like iCan’tbelievemyEyes

  3. When it comes to phones it’s all about the GUI. I have a SLVR which does everything I need and is nice and slim but the GUI and the keypad suck! The scroll wheel is an intuitive input device couple this with Apple’s GUI pixie dust, add in an ipod, sync it all with your mac with iLife and you’ve got a winner.

  4. I hope it works more smoothly for more people than iChat A/V does. My own iChat A/V required extensive port-mapping of the router before it became fully functional and I still have never once, in over two years of A/V advocacy, encountered a single soul who has been willing to go through similar efforts in order to video chat with me. The one exception was a volunteer iChat A/V tester individual in the Apple Discussion Forums.

    My guess is that this is why Apple is being so slow in releasing the iPhone. It’s apparently very difficult to get some of the more advanced aspects of the technology to work right out of the box with single-click ease of use.

  5. The other problem with iChat A/V is that it doesn’t work cross platform with PCs unless they have MSN Messenger 5.9 installed. So? Well, as it turns out, MSN Messenger 5.9 has a substantial conflict circumstance with Hotmail in Windows XP. I got three different people to install that version of MSN Messenger and every one of them had their Hotmail immediately seize right up and become non-functional. Needless to say, they promptly uninstalled MSN Messenger 5.9 .. which rendered them unaccessable to me via iChat A/V. It’s not a very useful app, imho. Who can you talk to with iChat A/V? Almost nobody, sadly.

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