Report: Apple to ‘touch off nuclear war’ with ‘iPhone’ that’s more ‘pocket Mac’ than mobile phone

“The world of desktop computing is finally going mobile, and the shift can be seen in the explosive growth of wireless data for cellular carriers,” John Markoff reports for The New York Times.

“That shift may well be underscored [Tuesday] when Steven P. Jobs, the chief executive of Apple Computer, is expected to unveil an Apple phone representing his company’s new mobile communications strategy — highlighted by a device that may include Jobsian refinements such as a sleek ceramic case and a transparent touch screen,” Markoff reports. “Industry executives and competitors believe that Apple has developed the first of a new generation of devices that are closer to personal computers in pocket form, meaning that they will easily handle music, entertainment, productivity tasks and communications on cellular and other wireless networks.”

Markoff reports, “‘Apple is about to touch off a nuclear war,’ said Paul Mercer, a software designer and president of Iventor, a designer of software for hand-helds based in Palo Alto, Calif. ‘The Nokias and the Motorolas will have to respond.'”

“For Apple, one advantage in entering the wireless data market may be that it can develop both the hardware and the software for its own phone. But it would still need to rely on the cellular carriers,” Markoff reports.

Markoff reports, “Whatever his business strategy, Mr. Jobs is certain to have an impact. Recently, he told two associates, who asked not to be identified to avoid damaging their relationship with him, that he was more excited about his current project than he was about the Macintosh.”

Full article here.

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46 Comments

  1. OOOOOh…. bloody sh@t! Can’t wait for Tuesday!!!! I am already counting down!!! sleepless nights… I bet something exciting’s going to happen. This is the climax. Just imagine a small part of Mac OS X in iPhone. That’ll be a sight to behold!

  2. If the iPod Mobile is powerful like a “pocket Mac” it should have a stylus and touch-screen. Inkwell is the hand-writing technology used in the current OS X and it could be ported to this mobile phone.

    Another possibility is that the iPod Mobile will use tilt-sensors for scrolling up and down, changing volume, etc.; buttons for making selections could be on the side, making the face of the mobile free for the screen.

  3. PLEASE BE TRUE!!!

    Really fits with the “The first 30 years were just the beginning, Welcome to 2007” teaser!

    I expect something pretty big with a statement like that, I mean, Apple only invented the personal computer in those 30 years and that hasn’t had much of an effect.

  4. Careful Marc… the secret to apple’s success, indeed with the very first iPod, was that it wasn’t a convergence device..

    the name iPod is derived from this ‘dummy data holder’ idea, where you do all the hard work on the computer, and load up your Pod automatically.

    5 years later, i’d be careful about loading up the iPod with too much functionality… look at the PSP..

  5. iPod, the device that has stealthily attached itself to the bodies of tens of millions of people as a music player device, transforms into the heart of a wearable computer platform. On Monday, it’s a “just” a great media player. On Tuesday, it’s the next big thing in computing.

    That’s what Apple “the first 30 years” banner is all about…

  6. Of course Jobs is more excited with this project than with the Macintosh. If it succeeds he will make millions. So all the other investors.

    Apple rocks. Look at us: we are all excited about a product that nobody has seen (outside Apple and partners). We want to buy it and we don’t even know what it is. That’s what I call marketing. I’ve been savig fot awhile. I also want it.

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