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Report: Apple choosing manufacturers for ‘iPhone’

Apple is working on “an iPod with phone functions” and could use Taiwanese electronics manufacturer Hon Hai Precision to build the device, says Johnny Chan, a J.P. Morgan analyst based in Hong Kong. Barron’s Online reports [paid sub. req.]: “Apple still hasn’t decided whether to give the contract for what’s being referred to as an ‘iPhone’ to Hon Hai or to another manufacturer, says Ellen Tseng, a Morgan Stanley analyst in Taipei. One analyst in Taipei who declined to be identified said Taiwan Green Point Enterprises, which makes plastic cases for the iPod, is in talks with Apple for a role in the phone.”

Bill Shope of J.P Morgan believes Apple will introduce the phone by the fourth quarter of this year. Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster told clients last week that he estimates there to be a 75% chance that we’ll seen an iPhone in the next 12 months.

Analysts believe that if Apple does come out with a music-playing cell phone, it will likely have the biggest impact on Motorola, the leading cell phone maker in the U.S. “Even a modest showing for an Apple multimedia cellphone could put a dent in Motorola’s profits,” Barron’s says. “If Apple were to grab just 1% of the 900 million phones expected to be sold worldwide this year, it would equal nine million units. At Motorola’s average selling price of $147 per handset, it would represent $1.3 billion in missed opportunity.”

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1

there are four directions in which the iPod has been rumoured to go:

1. PDA
2. Phone
3. Game
4. Camera

I wonder what is more likely: a) a separate line for each (or at least some) of these, or b) an integration of most of these into one very high end iPod.

Apple has consistently banged the message that the iPod is a music player first so option b) seems less likely. Perhaps an entirely new product (iWalk/iTablet) would enter the picture which does all of these.

I wonder what the market appeal would be for a customizable iPod. You basically choose a basic 5th Gen iPod and then select add-ons: phone (+$100), camera (+$50), etc.

Posted by mike in boston or toronto on March 20, 2006 at 10:24 AM (CST)

2

Of the four options, PDA/Phone/Game/Camera, i disagree and think only a phone is a sensible option, even by december’s logic.

PDA’s are very specific to PDA people, they are not for everyone and most have no use for them. There will never be a time when everyone has a PDA.

Gaming console are specific to gamers, a very large crowd, especially withing the electronic crowd, but not the same as the ipod junkies. To make a gaming unit is to compete on a level that sacrifices the music player.

Cameras are again a tricky thing. You have an ever growing crowd that expects a real camera and would have no need for a half-ass digital camera to replace their fully functional one and the crowd that uses a sub-megapixel cellphone cam that does so out of convenience. Adding a camera would be very expensive or purely a gimmick.

A phone however, phones are bloody everywhere. Over half of the world population has a cell phone, expected to reach nearly 75% in the next decade (I believe that the right statistic…). This is the only of these options that has the broad apeal that say Video has that would make it a sensible choice. Just about everyone who carries an ipod, also carries a phone, why not combine the two. Add bluetooth and my nano hits eBay immediately. I would still keepthe 5G around and all.

Everyone is trying to figure out the next big thing after Video. Until Steve announces the Video iPod, I think analysts are getting ahead of themselves. If Apple is shopping for someone to get into bed with on a phone, it would seem like a phone is a good ways off.

Though customizable options would be a fun idea, the iPod that is just for you. It suits the whole idea behind the iPod.

Posted by divigation on March 20, 2006 at 10:40 AM (CST)

3

I think a Camera in the Video iPod is very likely. It doesn’t take up much room and doesn’t use much power while on. All of Apple’s new Macs have an integrated video camera so, plus, I don’t see how an iPod could truly be a Video iPOd if it didn’t record video as well as play it.

The cell phone seems inevitable but I hope it doesn’t contain a camera. This “every cell phone must contain a camera” BS is out of hand. I’d rather have flash RAM or a dental floss dispenser in place of the camera.

Posted by anon on March 20, 2006 at 10:58 AM (CST)

4

I think it really should be “a phone with iPod functions

Posted by silver_haze20 on March 20, 2006 at 11:02 AM (CST)

5

silver_haze20 wrote: “Camera will add a lens somewhere, and the iPod won’t be seamless.”

I read that Apple has submitted patents for a behind-the-screen camera. In other words a camera that sits behind an LCD screen. I
m not exactly sure how it works, but it would allow for Apple maintain it’s seemless nature. Plus, it would be cool to look at the screen in real0time and see, essentially, your reflection.

Posted by anon on March 20, 2006 at 11:20 AM (CST)

6

I would love to see an Ipod camera attachment. I’m not a huge fan of mobile phones but I would like to be able to take pictures when I’m out.

Posted by Peachey on March 20, 2006 at 11:31 AM (CST)

7

Video iPod will come to light… very soon. Why is it hard to imagine a Video iPod with phone capabilities? Everything touch screen, and with a video camera attachment (iSight mini). This would also be the first hand held ‘Video Phone’ that would work as seemlessly as iChat… well… one can dream a little.

Posted by Big Daddy on March 20, 2006 at 12:54 PM (CST)

8

anon wrote: “stuff”

I think I read about that somewhere, something to do with picels that can emit and receive light. It sounds pretty interesting, and I would be in full support of such a feature. However, it would only let you take pictures that the screen is facing, and then most of the time you wouldn’t actually be able to see the veiwfinder unless you used a mirror at an angle, starts getting complicated!

Also, my iPod video already lets me see my reflection, it has a chrome back! :P

Posted by silver_haze20 on March 20, 2006 at 1:43 PM (CST)

9

What is it with all the PDA haters?

Seriously, we use iCal, we use Address Book, we brag about how .Mac will keep them all in sync… we sync those to our cell phones and iPods… everyone seems happy about that. 

A PDA is basically those functions but the added ability to edit/update that same information while on the go.  Seriously, doesn’t that make at least a little bit of sense?

I dream of the day where my digital pocket device will have that calendar, address book, phone and music all in one device. 

The PDA market is not dead.  Carrying your address book and calendar with you is a *very* common need.  If you’re out and someone wants to schedule an appointment with you… do you write it on a napkin?  I’d rather add it to my iCal!

Posted by Dan Dawson on March 20, 2006 at 2:22 PM (CST)

10

HAHA ! Apple thinks it has a chance in the phone market with giants such as Nokia, Sony-Ericssion, Samsung,Motorola. LOL Good Die Apple you are the weakest link good bye.

Posted by monkeyman on March 20, 2006 at 5:45 PM (CST)

11

I think the camera would be really nice to have on a device like an iPod, especially since it has the ability to display photos nicely.

Posted by Dan on March 20, 2006 at 5:46 PM (CST)

12

iPhone? Waste of money.

Posted by Kevin on March 20, 2006 at 6:35 PM (CST)

13

for all the people who believe that you can have all your calendar information on a phone, can i ask how do you talk to someone about a meeting when you can’t check your available because you’re using the device that has your calendar!

Posted by mhuk01 on March 21, 2006 at 4:44 AM (CST)

14

As for a phone I think it’s just not to sell the devices, it’s to make money in the mobile virtual network market. The devices might be very cheap in price. The will try to make the money via itunes and phone subscriptions.

Posted by BTT on March 21, 2006 at 11:08 AM (CST)

15

News has it that Apple are looking to buy spare network capacity from phone networks.
So they sell you a phone subscription with a discounted iPhone.
You then when you use your phone to download tunes from iTunes which means, depending on how they structure it, could mean you gives apple 3 sources of income in 1 transaction (bandwidth + monthly subscription + sale of tunes)

PDA probably won’t happen because it takes from the simplicity of the device which is where its market is.

On another note with regards looking at a calendar while on the phone? People do that all the time. Just stick on loadspeaker and take a look at your calendar. Or just tell them to wait a sec and look it up….

Posted by langersarfad on March 24, 2006 at 3:55 AM (CST)

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