Apple ‘iPhone’ could cause Nokia, Palm, Motorola, and RIM to really start to sweat

“For the better part of the past two years, there have been rumours that Apple Computer Inc. was about to launch an iPhone, a supercool device with all the same sexy features as the company’s wildly popular iPod digital music players, but with the added ability to make cellphone calls,” Mathew Ingram reports for The Globe and Mail.

Ingram reports, “Those rumours have gained substantial traction over the past few weeks. First, a Taiwanese financial newspaper said that a local firm had won a contract to make 12 million music-playing mobile phone handsets for Apple. Then, on Nov. 30, Apple filed a patent application for a combination phone and music player (the company also reportedly owns the domain iphone.org).”

“Analyst Gene Munster of brokerage firm Piper Jaffray, who said in September that Apple would likely launch an iPhone within four to six months, wrote in his latest research report that he now expects the launch to come at the annual Macworld Expo in San Francisco on Jan. 9,” Ingram reports. “The iPhone rumours have been fuelled by many things, including a seemingly unquenchable desire on the part of Apple fans to have the company’s distinctive logo plastered on everything important in their lives. But there is also a business case to be made for the company’s entry into the market.”

MacDailyNews Take: And on everything trivial in our lives, too. wink Thankfully, Apple provides logo stickers with every Mac.

Ingram continues, “Much like the digital music player market was when Apple came out with the iPod, the cellphone business is hardly a technological frontier, with billions of people owning mobile phones. At the same time, however, there is a lack of well-designed, easy to use and attractive cellphones on the market… There are also few phones that combine a cellphone and a music player with any degree of success… That means there may still be a market opportunity… One thing is for sure: If the iPhone rumours do turn out to be true, it will crank up the heat even further in what is already a hotly competitive market, and companies like Nokia, Palm, Motorola, and Research In Motion could really start to sweat.”

Full article here.
Ingram gets it. He should explain it to CNET’s Michael Kanellos who thinks today’s cell phones are “really good.”

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34 Comments

  1. I need a phone controlled from my mac. I have a big keyboard that is easy to use, Apple please follow the iTunes model and make the computer do the work. No more mini menus ,tiny buttons stupid software. Keep it simple!

    MDN wife . . . we’re both waiting for this

  2. “The iPhone rumours have been fuelled by many things, including a seemingly unquenchable desire on the part of Apple fans to have the company’s distinctive logo plastered on everything important in their lives.”

    That may be true to some extent, but I think Apple fans also believe Apple can produce a phone that seemlessly integrates with one app on your computer that can control everything on the phone. It seems like service providers have actually done all they can to stop such integration thus far, with a few exceptions.

  3. “No more mini menus ,tiny buttons stupid software. Keep it simple!”

    As I’ve said before, I’d love to see the iPod clickwheel turned into a rotary phone wheel. At the very least, it would be funny…

  4. Apple doesn’t have all its eggs in one basket– they have a number of profitable products. A cell-based device only needs to pull its own weight and be slightly different than the rest of the clan. Considering Apple’s current positive regard in the world, it would probably pull more than its own weight. They really could devise another coup here if they have really good functionality that is normally expected from high end phones. Under-promise, over-deliver.

    That in itself makes Apple different.

  5. In the article, it points out that Piper Jaffray claimed in September that the iPhone would be released within 4 to 6 months.

    In a different MDN story today, CIBC claim that the iPhone is delayed and won’t be released before late first quarter or early second quarter 2007.

    It seems that both reports suggest that it could be here in March, except one regards it as being on schedule, while the other sees it as so massively delayed that the stock price is in peril.

  6. Nokia struck first by claiming they don’t make phones, they make multimedia computers. Well let me tell you, I have access to every “multimedia computer” that Nokia has built this year and they do some amazing things that Apple could easily do 150x better.

  7. Occam’s Razor sez :

    “I need a phone controlled from my mac. I have a big keyboard that is easy to use, Apple please follow the iTunes model and make the computer do the work. No more mini menus ,tiny buttons stupid software. Keep it simple!”

    Gonna be a pain carrying that Mac Pro in your pocket, and the battery life on it? WHEW! unless you get the “1200 lb Battery Expansion Pack And Generator” you’re going to have a really short roaming range…

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