Apple iPhone Coming Soon

Apple’s Oppenheimer said in response to an analyst who asked about the impact of Sony’s music phones and their success. “As regards cell phones, we don’t think that the phones that are available today make the best music players. We think the iPod is. But over time, that is likely to change. And we’re not sitting around doing nothing.

Except saying “no comment”, this is the only other thing he could say without having Jobs firing him. And it shows that Apple is working on the next generation of multimedia devices that do a lot more, simply because most users want convergence. While some purists want their devices to do one thing and do it well, most common people want to only carry a single item that does it all. It’s just a different lifestyle, I guess. And there’s money to be made so it makes sense for Apple to dive in before other brands establish themselves as multimedia leaders in this specific mobile industry.

Besides, Apple didn’t hire (at least two that I know of, friends of mine) hard-core (and ingenious) kernel engineers with embedded experience on cellphones/PDAs in the iPod division just to write Dashboard Widgets or to maintain the basic needs of the iPod OS. Such guys don’t join a kernel project just so they can make it just playback music and video. And no, these guys don’t talk about what they are working on (in the normal Apple fashion, no one talks), but it doesn’t take a PhD in Newtonian Physics to figure out what they are doing over there every day. ;-)

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KCorax wrote on July 21st, 2006 at 1:32 AM PST:

> because most users want convergence

Users also want to be able to get into a club and dance with a phone in their pocket. A Treo 650 simply doesn’t fit ! It can actually be painfull to have such a device in your jeans and walk around with it — let alone sit without taking it out.
The fact that we want smaller elegant devices partially explaings why RAZR was such a hit.

I think the only ones that care if there are redundant parts that could be shared among our personal devices are techies. Also the sacrifices that need to be made in order to achieve all that merged functionality leads to devices like the UMPC — which would be considered awesome if it wasn’t for sale.

As for Apple I feel that they won’t make such a device until they can be sure it’s gonna be perfect. They could practically make a white UMPC right now, since they run on x86 and they obviously choose not to.

Btw the sony-erickson walkman phones sales flopped terribly outside the US.

kevinc wrote on July 21st, 2006 at 2:42 AM PST:

for me, an ipod phone would have to work with existing ipod accessories and be trouser pocketable – and that means narrow as well as slim.

Thom Holwerda wrote on July 23rd, 2006 at 12:17 PM PST:

Btw the sony-erickson walkman phones sales flopped terribly outside the US.

Where’d you get that info? They are a huge success in my country, as well as Germany and the UK.

As for Apple I feel that they won’t make such a device until they can be sure it’s gonna be perfect.

Lack of perfection never stopped tham from releasing music players, so I am nt holding my breath on Apple making a good phone. It will be mediocre, just like the iPod, just in pretty clothes, and, of course, 50 Cent will have one.

That’s how it’s always been.

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