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iTunes update hints at phone with video, photo support

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By LC Angell

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Published: Thursday, September 28, 2006
News Categories: iTunes

The internal code of the iTunes 7.0.1 update released yesterday reportedly contains numerous mentions of a mobile phone that supports photo and video viewing—two features that Motorola’s current iTunes-enabled ROKR and SLVR lack. The code hints at either new iTunes-compatible phones from a company such as Motorola, or at the impending release of the long-rumored Apple “iPhone.” According to Gizmodo, text strings in the code include: “Are you sure you do not want to manually manage music and videos on your mobile phone?”; “The mobile phone is synced with another photo library or folder. Do you want to sync with your photo library and replace all existing photos and albums on this mobile phone with those from your photo library?” and “Are you sure you want to sync TV shows? All existing TV shows on the mobile phone will be replaced with TV shows from your iTunes library.”

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1

Wouldn’t Apple refer to the “iPhone” or other name for their phone more directly than just ‘mobile phone’? I would think the generic ‘mobile phone’ would imply that iTunes will sync with multiple brands/models and doesn’t really give away anything about an Apple-brand phone.

Posted by MikeM on September 28, 2006 at 8:05 AM (PDT)

2

Fair point. 

Nonetheless, given the other reports of the impending release, I’d bet Apple would hold off giving such video features to their partners until after the iPhone. I think it’s too much of an edge to give away at this time. IMO The absence of the name “iPhone” seems more likely to indicate that multiple phones will EVENTUALLY support these features, and a desire to avoid full exposure to the rumor blogs.

This certainly adds fuel to the fire, and given this ilounge story, I’m betting the iPhone happens before christmas. It would be an awfully nice gift to Apple share holders.

Pete

Posted by Pete_L_P on September 28, 2006 at 9:19 AM (PDT)

3

Before Christmas?
Damn. My Current Phone Contract doesn’t expire for another 12 Months :(
Mind you, here in Australia, we may not see the ‘iPhone’ available from Service Providers until then anyway…

Posted by Salvo.Dan on September 28, 2006 at 12:57 PM (PDT)

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Here’s hoping we do see an iPhone soon! Did this mock up last night after thinking about what I would like my next phone to look like.

http://img91.imageshack.us/img91/6199/iphoneminiiz1.jpg

Posted by Will Reiher on September 28, 2006 at 1:19 PM (PDT)

5

Will, nice phone design… I’m feelin it. Based on the new Nano look, which I really like. Nice work!

Posted by zoostation65 on September 29, 2006 at 5:32 AM (PDT)

6

there’s a new RAZR that play itunes. it’s just come out and you can get it from Cingular Wireless.

Posted by mike on October 3, 2006 at 8:22 PM (PDT)

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