Reuters: Buzz builds over expected Apple ‘iPhone’

“The long-rumored arrival of a hybrid mobile phone and iPod music player from Apple Computer Inc. has morphed from a question of ‘If’ to ‘When’ among fans and analysts,” Duncan Martell reports for Reuters in an article already seeing widespread syndication.

Martell reports, “Chief Executive Steve Jobs and Apple are poised to roll out what has been dubbed the ‘iPhone,’ perhaps as soon as January next year at the Macworld conference that kicks off every new year, analysts say. ‘From a technical standpoint, the phone is pretty much done,’ said American Technology Research analyst Shaw Wu. ‘It’s a big endeavor and we believe it’s beyond speculation.'”

“In recent weeks, blogs that cater to Apple fans have been buzzing insistently that the iPhone is coming. Just this week, the Taiwanese financial daily, Commercial Times, reported that Taiwan-based Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. Ltd. is building the iPhone,” Martell reports.

“Jobs and Apple are famously tight-lipped about unannounced products. But company Chief Financial Officer Peter Oppenheimer did hint about a possible mobile phone with iPod-like functions during a conference call with analysts in July to discuss third-quarter financial results,” Martell reports. “Asked to comment on how Apple would compete with offerings such as Sony Corp.’s popular Walkman phone, Oppenheimer said he believed Apple would do just fine.”

Martell reports, “Analyst Wu believes the iPhone would be a candy-bar-shaped phone, rather than a flip phone like Motorola’s huge hit, the RAZR mobile phone. And he believes the iPhone would not be too bogged down with all the bells and whistles often crammed into today’s smart phones. ‘I think it’ll be pretty simple with functionality probably similar to an iPod Nano,’ Wu said.”

Martell reports, “With about a billion cell phones expected to be sold next year, if Apple can break into that market and be half as well received as its iPod was, it adds up to serious dollars… One other not inconsiderable decision is what cell phone standard — CDMA or GSM, for example — the phone would use and whether Apple would link up with one mobile phone company to provide the service.”

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25 Comments

  1. Actually, I was hoping that Apple would have at least one model with bells & whistles. I would like a Palm (or Apple OS) based PDA phone which I can use for business. I don’t use music functions often.

    Not likely, I suspect. But that’s what I’d like.

  2. Shaw Wu is a bozo. What credibility does he have? He’s the one ranting on about how Apple will be late with products they haven’t even announced yet. He’s the one that said Apple will have a poor end of the year sales because they didn’t get a touch-screen iPod on the streets. He’s consistently wrong. When will American Technology Research wake up and dump this guy?!?! Too bad too because he was such a nice boy growing up.

  3. @ Dion:
    If Apple never brings to the market, then the stock price might dramatically fall due to the high expectations the analysts raise.
    Apple has shown in future how relevant those voices are and how easily the share price can be influenced.
    Let’s hope there’s some facts behind and Apple is not
    doing nothing as Peter Oppenheimer said.
    I hope, whatever product will be out, that it will be a surprise and a ‘toy’ where people say: This is want I want, this is what I have been looking ofr, because it has greate features and makes life easier.
    Might be some nice extras for the “iTV”, or even an “iPhone”.
    MDN word: Suprise in the sense of: “Go, Steve, let your one more thing be a big surprise!”

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