The Motley Fool: For now, the iPhone remains an urban legend, but that could change soon

“Alligators in New York City sewers. Area 51. The Boogeyman. And, of course, the iPhone,” Tim Beyers writes for The Motely Fool.

“This time, the speculation says that Apple will introduce two editions of a smartphone that will bear a greater resemblance to Palm’s Treo or Research In Motion’s BlackBerry than it would to the old [Motorola] ROKR,” Beyers writes.

“And it’s likely to be made by Apple. Press reports say that component suppliers in Taiwan and Japan are working on separate editions of the iPhone — one for 3G cellular networks (most common here in the U.S.) and one for GSM networks (most common in Europe). Roughly 12 million of the devices are to be made, and according to reports, a rollout could come as soon as March of next year. Expected features include Wi-Fi, iTunes integration, video playback, and a full keyboard,” Beyers writes. “So, is any of this real? And, if so, should it be? To the first question, I’d say yes.”

“To the second question, I’d say maybe. Here’s why: As much as Jobs and his team have proven to be design geniuses, telephony is inherently different. History says that competing successfully in that market requires a degree of specialization that, as far as we know, Apple doesn’t yet possess,” Beyers writes. “Of course, this argument features a huge flaw named Handspring. By creating the Treo, Palm’s founders transformed a successful personal digital assistant design into what we now call a smartphone.”

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16 Comments

  1. In fact, they only issue that a phone needs and apple is an expert in that area is a “Phone that just works and have a os intuitive”, most of th phones today does not works well and their interfaces are less intuitive. Almost nobody uses at least 20% of the phone functions, so why making a phone with so much funtions instead of making a phone that it easy to use and fast for every one?. If apple makes a phone with just the basic functions (Agenda, Schedule, Alarm, Pictures, Bluetooth, iTunes) but with a small Mac OS X, it will sell like wather on the desert.

  2. You know, that in keeping this myth going MDN has thus far posted:

    1) Drawings of the phone
    2) Specs
    3) Factories that will make the phone
    4) shown there is a market for the phone

    If MDN could come up with a B.O.M. (Bill of Materials) all apple has to do is order the parts….send the parts to the factory….give the fectory the drawings….and use MDN’s mailing list to ship and billl folks for the final product. All without ever doing any work. This could be the easiest product they ever make.

    Only thing is, MDN has yet to cover product support.

    just my $0.02

  3. “3G [is] most common here?”

    If Motely Flea… uh… I mean Motley Fool is going to write about cell phones, it should learn that 3G is not the opposite of GSM — not to mention that the U.S. is hardly the center of 3G.

  4. I have always questioned the need for and doubted the reliability of your commonplace mobile phone, especially living in the sticks. Considering the complaints that I have heard about low battery life, dropped signals, dead zones, and buggy software it seem that Apple’s contribution to the mobile industry would only solve one-fourth of the existing problems. If Apple joins the fray Apple might just find itself indistinguishable from all other mobile manufacturers.

    IMHO, it seems that the mobile communications business needs serious improvement in upgrading its signal transmission infrastructure and power technologies before Apple should consider releasing one or more iPhones in 2007. However, it Apple were to release a satellite phone with 96 hours standby, 10 hours talktime, a rechargeable battery, and weighs less than 150 grams – I would buy it. Lotsa luck, fellas.

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