Analyst describes Apple ‘iPhone’ featuring metal case in multiple colors with virtual click-wheel

“Morgan Stanley analyst Rebecca Runkle in a research note released Wednesday said she is high in her convictions that Apple will launch an iPhone device in the first half of 2007 and offered some specific findings from unnamed sources,” AppleInsider reports.

AppleInsider reports, “According to Runkle, the design of iPhone will be slightly larger than the “full screen LCD; 3.5 inch (28×21)” and approximately 4/10ths of an inch thick. It will include virtual click-wheel/soft-touch design and be a bit wider than the iPod nano but also thinner than a video iPod. From her checks, the analyst believes the iPhone will sport a metal casing design similar to the iPod nano and be available in ‘multiple colors…'”

AppleInsider reports, “The analyst says her sources have turned up two flash memory-based models: a $599 4-gig and $649 8-gig…”

More details in the full article here.
Those prices are too high for an unlocked phone that you’d take to any carrier. The prices quoted above may be retail prices that would be discounted with service from an Apple MVNO or carrier(s) partnered with Apple.

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29 Comments

  1. Maybe this is the iPhone, and the previous rumors described the iPhone nano? This is more of the smart phone. With virtual scroll wheel and keyboard. Can only guess, just like all of the analists. Would be a pretty sweet line up though, with an iPhone nano starting at $299, up to a full blown smart iPhone topping out at $699. Not too bad considering the competition.

  2. I would think it would pretty much have to be a given that a device with a 3.5″ screen would be wider than a nano – unless they’ve found some way to bend space.

    What are these checks that can somehow inform that the casing will be nano like?
    “Erm hello Mr Manufacturer, I was wondering have you been making any cases for a new phone like device?”
    “Why yes researcher person, they look like the iPod Nano and they’re bigger and for an Apple phone like device”
    “Ta”

  3. “Morgan Stanley analyst Rebecca Runkle in a research note released Wednesday said she is high in her convictions that Apple will launch an iPhone device in the first half of 2007 and offered some specific findings from unnamed sources,”

    No, I think she’s just high, period.

  4. I absolutely LOATHE metal cases for compact electronics. The NANO lost its appeal to me when they went aluminum. Plastic is smooth, shiny and resilient. I’ll pass on the iPhone if its metal. NO ONE out there makes a totally metal phone for a reason. UGH!

  5. I don’t like those prices either, but if the iPhone is truly a smart phone, competing with, say, the Sony Ericsson P910, then the price is right on target. Good smart phones are really expensive. For that price, I’d want a 3MP camera, full keyboard, iChat, wifi or bluetooth with Skype or Gizmo capabilities, onboard iTunes, full sync with iPhoto, iTunes, iCal, Mail, etc.

    Still, I’m hoping those numbers are exaggerated.

    m

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