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iPhone Nano To Be Launched By Christmas?

ScuttleMonkey posted more than 6 years ago | from the wild-rumor-mongering-is-good-for-the-soul dept.

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the-s-dog writes writes to mention that while there have been many people wishing on a star for an iPhone nano, it seems that at least one UK news pub is confident that it will happen, and in time for this Christmas no less. Still completely unfounded rumor, but an interesting possibility. "Apple is about to launch a 'nano' version of the hugely successful iPhone. It is expected to be in the shops in time for Christmas. The product will be launched in the UK at up to £150 for pay-as-you-go customers by O2, the mobile phone group owned by Spain's Telefonica. 'This will be a big one,' said an industry source."

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iPhone Slider (4, Insightful)

e03179 (578506) | more than 6 years ago | (#24472827)

When does the iPhone Slider with QWERTY keyboard launch?

Insider knowledge... (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24472967)

The new iPhone nano will not include a qwerty keyboard, as the new form factor would not allow it. I'm posting anon for obvious reasons, but as an Apple insider I will inform you that there is "slider" technology -- you see, the new form factor is a closely-guarded secret because it will be the must-have gadget of all Apple fans: it's a butt-plug! Yes, the gadget which all Mac users secretly desire but were afraid to ask for. What did you think they wanted to do? Pick up WOMEN? The female Maccies could simply use their imagination to put the iPlug to good use.

Re:Insider knowledge... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24473371)

lol

Re:iPhone Slider (2, Interesting)

StreetStealth (980200) | more than 6 years ago | (#24473137)

If Apple ever does offer an iPhone with a physical keyboard, it won't be a new version of the phone, and it definitely won't have hinges, slides, or latches.

It will be an accessory. Most likely a minimalist Bluetooth-based slab that you set out on the desk.

iPhone Femto and iPhone Shuffle (5, Funny)

goombah99 (560566) | more than 6 years ago | (#24473835)

iPhone Shuffle: Just drunk dials from your address list. Switch setting to dial in order or random.

iPhone Femto: So small no one but smart people can see it. And you don't have to speak. You just imagine the conversation.

iPhone one-button (5, Funny)

goombah99 (560566) | more than 6 years ago | (#24473869)

iPhone one-button: just a button and 15 digit numeric display. You dial it by setting it like you would a digital alarm clock. Just hold the button down while the digits count up, stop when it gets to the number you want to dial. If you miss, you gotta go around again.

Re:iPhone one-button (1)

monktus (742861) | more than 6 years ago | (#24474255)

It has one button but it's a 5, since that's the number you use the most, yeah? It's gonna be total fucking Mexico.

Re:iPhone Femto and iPhone Shuffle (1)

Quattro Vezina (714892) | more than 6 years ago | (#24473983)

Also: iPhone Rotary. Think Nokia 7380 with an extra dose of pretentiousness.

Re:iPhone Slider (4, Informative)

Fross (83754) | more than 6 years ago | (#24473963)

As soon as you try the current iPhone keyboard for more than 10 minutes and see it actually is REALLY good.

As a long-time Treo 600/650 user I was really sceptical about not having a proper keyboard, but the fact is that I (and everyone I know who has tried it for a while) got used to it surprisingly quickly, 3 days at most I'd say, and now can type on it about as fast as I could my Treo. At first the predictive text (which I have to say is better than most) helped, but now I simply don't make that many mistakes.

Comments implying it's unusable without a physical keyboard just perpetuate the fallacy that there is no other alternative. There's just stubborn people, the same ones who last generation refused to adapt to touch-tone phones, broadband, automatic gearboxes, digital synths, electric shavers, you name it. Welcome to being a Grumpy Old Man ;)

Bend over Apple Luvers... (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24472857)

and lube up! Apple's gonna give it to you!

Re:Bend over Apple Luvers... (2, Interesting)

socz (1057222) | more than 6 years ago | (#24473637)

I disagree, it isn't flame bait... My reaction to the title of this article was "YES! They're gonna get screwed AGAIN!"

No one is perfect, but damn, apple keeps burning its customers with phones! I'm too cheap and poor to be buying the latest phone, but at least my HTC mogul (aka titan, ppc 8600) has lasted a while and held it's value more or less over time.

Oh, how user friendly! (3, Insightful)

Major Blud (789630) | more than 6 years ago | (#24472871)

"One expert suggested the nano phone would have a touch wheel on the back and display on the front so that numbers would be dialled from behind." I can't even fathom how hard it would be to try to use something like this. If this were the case, it would mean that there is no touchscreen, otherwise you would just dial directly from the screen. This is a rumour that I expect will never come to fruition, given the current price of the 3G.

Re:Oh, how user friendly! (5, Funny)

p0tat03 (985078) | more than 6 years ago | (#24472945)

Not to self: Never let financial market speculators design a phone. Clearly they are retarded in this respect.

Re:Oh, how user friendly! (2, Insightful)

Vectronic (1221470) | more than 6 years ago | (#24472981)

I dunno, depending on the size, position, etc. I could see that being really easy...

Move finger/wheel up for higher digit, down for lower digit, one tap for "Next Digit" two taps for Dial, but it would work a lot better with a "real" wheel, like a mouse wheel where it has that resistance between each scroll/click.

You could dial, while the phone is already next to your ear, dial without even looking at it, dial while looking at the screen (instead of it being covered by your finger) etc.

Re:Oh, how user friendly! (3, Interesting)

PacoCheezdom (615361) | more than 6 years ago | (#24473507)

Or, you could use a touch-wheel to dial a phone number like ... a rotary phone dial! It would be such a novel concept.

Re:Oh, how user friendly! (1)

Quattro Vezina (714892) | more than 6 years ago | (#24474021)

Nokia already did that. Check out the Nokia 7380 [google.com] .

I love how Nokia beat Apple at their own game. They made a form-over-function phone, using something Apple is known for (the touch wheel), and with Scandinavian coolness in place of Apple pretentiousness.

Re:Oh, how user friendly! (1)

El Icaro (816679) | more than 6 years ago | (#24474247)

Except it's a piece of crap. Not easy to get used to.

I doubt Apple will go with it. You can say what you want about the on-screen keyboard, but Apple's interface is the best from all the phones I used.

You'll complain and say your Blackberry or your Windows-based device gives you more power, and I agree, but it definitely isn't as enjoyable to use.

Re:Oh, how user friendly! (5, Funny)

davidlowie (634713) | more than 6 years ago | (#24473655)

How about a dial with numbers 0-9 on it, with small holes next to each number. To input a particular number you would place the included stylus into the corresponding hole, then turn the dial clockwise until it stops. Upon releasing the stylus, the dial will return to its resting position, and your chosen digit will appear on the screen.

Re:Oh, how user friendly! (1)

Vectronic (1221470) | more than 6 years ago | (#24473985)

I know your being funny/sarcastic... but thats not a bad idea either, for most people it would be difficult, or rather clumsy, but for blind people, it would be good, they can feel the digit their finger is on, rotate etc... although you could do the same with with a scroll, it would just have to be bigger (like briefcase/suitcase combo-lock style) or a rolling conveyor belt (not a good idea)...

Personally, I still prefer the 10/12 button "square"... but still can see the wheel being a decent idea, plus it has other benefits, like scrolling the webpage/text/etc...

Re:Oh, how user friendly! (1)

Vectronic (1221470) | more than 6 years ago | (#24473999)

lol @ own comment "but still can see the wheel being a decent idea"

Yeah shit, someone should invent the wheel already FTW!

Re:Oh, how user friendly! (5, Funny)

sexconker (1179573) | more than 6 years ago | (#24474011)

You know, if you gave a rotary phone to an average teenager, they'd be unable to make calls.

Re:Oh, how user friendly! (1)

cayenne8 (626475) | more than 6 years ago | (#24473021)

Geez...with the price drop, it isn't that expensive anymore.

From what I see on the 'nano' version of the phone, from the description, why would anyone want one? Sounds just like a normal phone...not a smartphone, which is what makes the iPhone interesting. And smart phones can only get just so inexpensive....

Re:Oh, how user friendly! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24473023)

"One expert suggested the nano phone would have a touch wheel on the back and display on the front so that numbers would be dialled from behind.

It would appear that their "expert" is not an expert in technology products, but in hallucinogenics, where trippy higher-dimension flying rainbow cow eyes on the tips of your disconnected fingers could make this quite plausible, and super-enjoyable to boot.

Re:Oh, how user friendly! (1)

polle404 (727386) | more than 6 years ago | (#24473031)

I'd believe in a iPhone Shuffle before this.

A Nano, aimed at pay-as-you-go customers?
these are not the customers Apple usually target, and when has Apple ever tried to target any low end marked, such as a pay-as-you-go phone usually is?

this is inventing news, where none are...

Re:Oh, how user friendly! (1)

Sockatume (732728) | more than 6 years ago | (#24473167)

I imagine whatever guy in the office came up with this rumour decided to throw in some of (Microsoft's?) "see-thru tablet PC" idea for good measure.

Re:Oh, how user friendly! (1)

ceoyoyo (59147) | more than 6 years ago | (#24473241)

People really love this touch sensitive back idea. It seems like it would be a good contender for the worst UI ever. And seeing as how I can't think of a single successful device that uses that system....

Re:Oh, how user friendly! (4, Funny)

piltdownman84 (853358) | more than 6 years ago | (#24473293)

Maybe apple is bringing back rotary dialing. You spin the click wheel on the back and the dial spins on the screen on the front. Hopefully it will make all the clicking sounds that those old phones did.

Re:Oh, how user friendly! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24473885)

I saw, on Slashdot I think, a technology that was touch and hover sensitive on the back and showed the position of your fingers on the screen. So in one sense it's better than the iPhone because you're not obscuring what you're working with.

Re:Oh, how user friendly! (1)

larry bagina (561269) | more than 6 years ago | (#24474187)

I seem to recall that came from Microsoft Research (you know, the guys that don't do anything but copy and steal).

Re:Oh, how user friendly! (1)

fiannaFailMan (702447) | more than 6 years ago | (#24473991)

What? A rotary dial on a phone? It'll never happen.

Re:Oh, how user friendly! (1)

orasio (188021) | more than 6 years ago | (#24474183)

I don't understand why it is insightful a comment that basically just states your lack of imagination.
The display can show your finger as you slide it, so you know which button/hole you are tapping/dialing.
That's the whole idea. I know touch interfaces are not that great, but there are ways to make them work, somewhat. They have been very successful with the old iPod. It doesn't have to be a good interface, it just has to be easy to learn, and well marketed.

My only question (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24472875)

my only question:

will it come with a bag of cheesy poofs?

Move along, nothing to see here (4, Insightful)

Sockatume (732728) | more than 6 years ago | (#24472881)

It's the Daily Mail, FFS. They're as gullible as they are deranged.

Re:Move along, nothing to see here (1)

richy freeway (623503) | more than 6 years ago | (#24473377)

Amen.

Re:Move along, nothing to see here (0, Troll)

TeknoHog (164938) | more than 6 years ago | (#24473527)

What kind of a word is "gullible"? Have you checked the dictionary?

Re:Move along, nothing to see here (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24474295)

Yes. It is an English word.

Re:Move along, nothing to see here (4, Informative)

ATMD (986401) | more than 6 years ago | (#24473533)

For those across the pond who haven't heard of the Daily Mail, they're pretty much our equivalent of Fox News. They'll publish any story if they think it'll sell papers, but they usually play on Joe Public's apparent dislike of immigrants, gays, people whose skin is too dark, etc.

Re:Move along, nothing to see here (4, Informative)

Tony Hoyle (11698) | more than 6 years ago | (#24473565)

Fox news is quality journalism compared to the Daily Fail.

Think the National Enquirer with a racist agenda and you're getting somewhat close.

Re:Move along, nothing to see here (0, Offtopic)

socz (1057222) | more than 6 years ago | (#24473673)

hhahahahahah Then that's pretty bad, dude.

Re:Move along, nothing to see here (1)

ATMD (986401) | more than 6 years ago | (#24473705)

Haha, "Daily Fail" - I haven't heard that one :)

I call it the HateMail sometimes, because that's pretty much all they peddle...

Re:Move along, nothing to see here (1)

Quattro Vezina (714892) | more than 6 years ago | (#24474039)

I don't think it's so much a racist agenda as it is a "let's see just how much we can shock people" agenda.

Re:Move along, nothing to see here (1)

Syrente (990349) | more than 6 years ago | (#24474129)

What the parent said - The Daily Mail are always lampooned for reporting exaggerations, mistruths and downright lies!
http://www.voiceoftheturtle.org/dictionary/dict_h1.php#hurrah [voiceoftheturtle.org] for instance, and...

They report a lot of things out of context... for instance compare
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/7471724.stm [bbc.co.uk]
with
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1027990/Invasion-bobby-snatchers-Police-helicopter-close-encounter-UFO.html [dailymail.co.uk]
and then tell me you can trust them?

iPhone SJ version (0, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24472883)

When does the Steve Jobs version ship? The one with the brain implant that lets you control and direct the iPhone with your mind? Oh wait. Crossed wires there. That's actually the version that has the brain implant but you can only do what Steve Jobs tells you to do...no, wait. Or is the version with the home lobotomy accessory? I get so confused. I keed! I keed! I'm hankering for the next iteration of the iPod touch myself. mm hmmm. hmm hmmmm hahahahHhAHAHah! I worked in "touch myself"!~!! I rule. No seriously. I want an iPod touch for the apps and wifi but I don't want to pay the $30+ a month for always on access.

Re:iPhone SJ version (1)

Steauengeglase (512315) | more than 6 years ago | (#24473009)

Why, it could only be a touch with fewer features?

Re:iPhone SJ version (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24473073)

The all new iPod Touch-Myself, comes preloaded with a huge assortment of pornographic wallpaper, and the ringer can only be set to "vibrate." ...I can't wait!

Interesting. (2, Funny)

BitterOldGUy (1330491) | more than 6 years ago | (#24473161)

I've never read a post by someone who has just drank the Apple Cool-Aid before.

Re:Interesting. (1)

MightyYar (622222) | more than 6 years ago | (#24474243)

It was surprisingly bitter.

Predicting its success (3, Funny)

bonch (38532) | more than 6 years ago | (#24472905)

I'm going to base my prediction of its success on the comments to this article, since Slashdot mocked both the original iPod and the iPod nano before they went on to become huge sellers and icons of our pop culture.

What will it be, Slashdotters? Do you hate it? If you do, does that mean I should buy more Apple stock?

iPhone Dick Tracy Watch (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24472913)

I hear the iPhone Dick Tracy Watch will be shipping in time for Kwanza and that the iPhone Shoe will be available for fans of Steve Carrel just after Ramadan.

Au contraire, mon frere (4, Funny)

Red Flayer (890720) | more than 6 years ago | (#24472955)

'This will be a big one,' said an industry source."

No. It will be a tiny, tiny, tiny one. One billionth the size of an iPhone. So small you will need a stylus the width of just a few carbon atoms in order to dial out.*

It is, after all, an iPhone nano.

*But that's ok, you can compensate for the tininess of your stylus by the smugness of owning the latest and greatest Apple offering.

Re:Au contraire, mon frere (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24473189)

"Amy, did you inhale your phone again?" -- Leela

Re:Au contraire, mon frere (1)

AKAImBatman (238306) | more than 6 years ago | (#24473329)

So small you will need a stylus the width of just a few carbon atoms in order to dial out.

Dude, next time you shrink yourself, make sure you hold on to the iPhone when you make yourself big again. After all, that instruction manual^W^W iPhone is irreplaceable!

Now go put your red suit away.

Re:Au contraire, mon frere (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24473717)

*But that's ok, you can compensate for the tininess of your stylus by the smugness of owning the latest and greatest Apple offering.

Or a Corvette, that seems to be a popular compensation method too.

So iPhone Shuffle is next? (4, Funny)

tjansen (2845) | more than 6 years ago | (#24472991)

No display, and dials random numbers.

Re:So iPhone Shuffle is next? (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24473069)

This wasn't even funny in January 07 when I heard it the first million times...

Re:So iPhone Shuffle is next? (4, Funny)

catwh0re (540371) | more than 6 years ago | (#24473331)

My broken Nokia has had this feature for years, APPLE NEVER INNOVATES.

Re:So iPhone Shuffle is next? (0, Redundant)

piltdownman84 (853358) | more than 6 years ago | (#24473351)

Well at least you'll have an accuse for drunk dialing your ex girlfriend. "The phone did it honest, I was trying to call Josh, but while your on the phone I miss you, do you miss me too..." CLICK "... are you still there? Hello? Hello? Stupid iPhone Shuffle!"

Re:So iPhone Shuffle is next? (1)

UnknowingFool (672806) | more than 6 years ago | (#24473385)

Don't forget that it's only got 1 button.

Re:So iPhone Shuffle is next? (1)

syousef (465911) | more than 6 years ago | (#24473841)

Followed by the iPhone micro. It's a set of wireless headphones with no base unit. You have to supply the music by humming and both sides of the phone conversation.

Screenless cellphones... (1, Interesting)

dotancohen (1015143) | more than 6 years ago | (#24472999)

...are a bad idea. [screenlessphone.com]

Re:Screenless cellphones... (4, Informative)

ceoyoyo (59147) | more than 6 years ago | (#24473283)

Now I feel old. Until I was in junior high almost no phone had a screen. Including the luggable car phones.

Now a screenless phone is a novelty, and Slashdotters don't think it will work.

Re:Screenless cellphones... (2, Insightful)

earnest murderer (888716) | more than 6 years ago | (#24473425)

It'll have a screen, but this is the most compact delivery of a truth I've seen around here in a while.

Re:Screenless cellphones... (1)

socz (1057222) | more than 6 years ago | (#24473731)

"Effective January 2007 the retail price of the Owasys 22C in the United States is $549.95. This is the price when the 22C is purchased without telephone service."

hahaha can anyone explain to me why it would cost so much? My PPC 6800 costs less than that! And it has a full touch screen and a slide out keyboard.

That's just CRAZY!

Who cares what experts suggest. Stop speculating (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24473053)

If they make it, the interface will be thoughtful.
1/2 of any product they make is shiny interface.

If they can make it actually WORK without issues, exploding, 6 hour signup lines or AT&T requiring a pint of blood upon purchase is the question.

This might once have been possible (3, Insightful)

StreetStealth (980200) | more than 6 years ago | (#24473055)

Before Apple had announced the SDK, an iPhone Nano might have been a possibility. The mockups of an abbreviated Apple Touch interface floating around hint at the plausibility of getting the basics of the iPhone UI into a smaller package.

Post-SDK, however, there's no way that's going to happen. The varying hardware feature set (camera, microphone, etc.) between the iPhone and iPod Touch are already diverse enough to make software marketing a bit dicey, but I can't see Apple introducing a major new variation to the UI for smaller screens along with a whole new set of targeting constraints for developers.

Perhaps there is yet one way an iPhone Nano could exist: No App Store compatibility.

Re:This might once have been possible (1)

Sockatume (732728) | more than 6 years ago | (#24473307)

Sounds plausible to me. One of the big draws of the iPhone is its selection of apps, and they wouldn't want to cannibalise that. An iPhone Nano which just came with the iPod, phone book, and web browser features would be nice and distinct.

Re:This might once have been possible (4, Interesting)

p0tat03 (985078) | more than 6 years ago | (#24473411)

The varying hardware feature set (camera, microphone, etc.) between the iPhone and iPod Touch are already diverse enough to make software marketing a bit dicey

If you poke around the API you will find that Apple has included ways to check the existence of various hardware capabilities (as well as network connectivity). Presumably they've already thought about devices that support different hardware profiles. For example, it is ill-advised to try and initialize the camera without first checking if it is available.

but I can't see Apple introducing a major new variation to the UI for smaller screens along with a whole new set of targeting constraints for developers.

Doubtful they will, but the same UI will work at different resolutions and screen sizes. I suspect the people who have hard-coded the screen width into their apps will be screwed at SOME point.

Re:This might once have been possible (1)

BRSloth (578824) | more than 6 years ago | (#24473839)

Well, we won't need to hardcode sizes if the iPhone SDK had a layout manager of sorts...

Re:This might once have been possible (1)

p0tat03 (985078) | more than 6 years ago | (#24473857)

Yeah, I've been guilty of hardcoding these things as well. The lack of a real layout manager is a pain point that will TOTALLY ASPLODE the moment Apple starts changing the UI...

Re:This might once have been possible (4, Interesting)

LWATCDR (28044) | more than 6 years ago | (#24473615)

One has to ponder the idea that the next IPod Touch might come with a camera and maybe a GPS.
Why not make your touch your camera as well. A camera on a media player isn't any dumber than on a cell phone.

Skrew making it smaller (1)

Gat0r30y (957941) | more than 6 years ago | (#24473095)

What it really needs is a bottle opener - seriously apple, get on it.

Re:Skrew making it smaller (4, Funny)

dubbreak (623656) | more than 6 years ago | (#24473171)

What it really needs is a bottle opener...

Isn't Zima in screw-top bottles?

Re:Skrew making it smaller (1)

Gat0r30y (957941) | more than 6 years ago | (#24473325)

Ouch.
Seriously, that is just fucked up man.
I wouldn't drink Zima if it was poured into my mouth off Lindsay Lohan's ass.
Wait, maybe I would.
Still ouch man.

Re:Skrew making it smaller (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24474229)

What did you expect when you used gayboy as a handle on /.?

If it looks like it, and smells like it ... (4, Insightful)

wpanderson (67273) | more than 6 years ago | (#24473115)

Techcrunch reckons this is bullshit meant to drive traffic [techcrunch.com] . I'm inclined to agree.

Re:If it looks like it, and smells like it ... (1)

Tony Hoyle (11698) | more than 6 years ago | (#24473601)

It's in the Daily Fail. Of course it's bullshit - they don't print anything else.

Re:If it looks like it, and smells like it ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24473725)

Yeah but, isn't Techcrunch itself "bullshit meant to drive traffic"?

The amount of false stuff they publish (Digg + Google) just re-inforces that.

I'll just wait for the... (0, Redundant)

elguillelmo (1242866) | more than 6 years ago | (#24473131)

iPhone Shuffle [ilounge.com] . Makes random calls. No display. Think indifferent

Call Jesus? (1)

agent (7471) | more than 6 years ago | (#24473147)

Will it have that feature?

Re:Call Jesus? (1, Funny)

Hognoxious (631665) | more than 6 years ago | (#24473629)

If you get one bundled with a Sovietel subscription, Jesus calls YOU!!!

Zoolander's iphone (1)

DerekSTheRed (1292084) | more than 6 years ago | (#24473187)

This reminds me of Zoolander's phone. Good to see they are finally selling it to the masses and not just the male models.

oh well (-1, Troll)

ILuvRamen (1026668) | more than 6 years ago | (#24473197)

Too bad you always could and still can and always will be able to get a cheaper, better, faster, more compatible, less locked down blackberry. Seriously, iphones and all apple products are for arrogant, self important douchebags and who the hell knows why all the major news networks feel the need to report on it. Nobody ends up actually being happy with their iphone because of locked down crap and activation troubles, etc. Ever hear someone complain about their blackberry? NAH AH! It's just like Creative players vs ipods. They're cheaper with bigger screens and more features and free games and you can load them with any program you want and yet you're only really damn cool if you but an ipod so everyone does. I would think slashdot readers are smart enough to actually weigh the features and pros and cons against price and BUY SOMETHING ELSE!

Re:oh well (3, Interesting)

DerekSTheRed (1292084) | more than 6 years ago | (#24473285)

I have a blackberry and my wife has an iPhone. I am very jealous of her iPhone. The speed of the internet alone makes me want to dump my blackberry and get a new 3G.

Re:oh well (2, Insightful)

wattrlz (1162603) | more than 6 years ago | (#24473451)

Actually, the biggest complaint I hear about blackberries is that they work. People get blackberries and feel like they are somehow more reachable - even to the point where it now impinges on their downtime.

In my experience most people don't complain about their iPhones because they realize they are making a compromise by buying one. "Gee, it's closed and I can't install apps on it like my other phone... Oh well, it's an iPhone! I downloaded an update and now it's bricked... Oh well, it's an iPhone!" etc. ad absurdum. It's kind of like a smoker of tobacco, "Yeah, I know it will kill me, but I like smoking! Yeah, I know it's expensive and I'll be reviled, but I like smoking!" Nothing else matters 'cause the user has his fix.

Re:oh well (1)

LWATCDR (28044) | more than 6 years ago | (#24473639)

""Gee, it's closed and I can't install apps on it like my other phone... Oh well, it's an iPhone!"
Yes you can.
"Oh well, it's an iPhone! I downloaded an update and now it's bricked... Oh well, it's an iPhone!" etc. ad absurdum."
I don't think Apple invented that one.

Re:oh well (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24473949)

iphones and all apple products are for arrogant, self important douchebags

Haha. Everyone knows that blackberry users [theonion.com] are #1 when it comes to douchebaggery.

and who the hell knows why all the major news networks feel the need to report on it.

Because it's a slow news day, journalists are very lazy and like when a prepackaged story drops into their lap, and journalists also get free iphones from uncle Steve.

But seriously, blackberries are better by far [slate.com] .

I'm holding out... (1)

olyar (591892) | more than 6 years ago | (#24473213)

for the iPhone Flea [gizmodo.com]

One song and 5 phone numbers - that's all I need.

Where's The News? (2, Informative)

justin_ramos (1335257) | more than 6 years ago | (#24473265)

This isn't news. It's rumor and speculation with absolutely no source cited. For shame, Slashdot...

Re:Where's The News? (1)

wattrlz (1162603) | more than 6 years ago | (#24473347)

It's obviously part of a conspiracy to leverage /. to generate even more iHype. Maybe the rumor was started by someone whom ScuttleMonkey owed a favor?

Re:Where's The News? (1)

maxume (22995) | more than 6 years ago | (#24473515)

Your expectations appear to be hilarious.

In Other News (5, Funny)

Chris_Rank (762224) | more than 6 years ago | (#24473405)

Apple is also coming out with the iUnicorn 6G and (Now with Horn!) it will be ridable, require no feeding, able to fly, and it will shoot rainbows out of it ass while it cures cancer and AIDS in the onlookers below. Look for the iUnicorn 6G in Apple Stables starting this Christmas for a starting price of 299, 399 with glitter.

Jokes aside (1)

nine-times (778537) | more than 6 years ago | (#24473471)

I'm sure there will be several jokes and some Apple bashing, but putting all that aside, I think this could be a pretty good idea, but wonder which direction this would go.

I would bet that somehow, somewhere, some functionality will be sacrificed. For example, they could combine an iPod Nano with a phone, give you no games or apps, and even sacrifice contacts/calendars. Or, the less expected route (but I think better) would be to give a phone that sacrifices the iPod functionality (no music/video), but still give you email, web, and PIM functionality.

The Daily Mail?! (5, Informative)

Peregr1n (904456) | more than 6 years ago | (#24473531)

Oh for Christ's sake - when will Slashdotters learn, the Daily Mail is nothing more than a comic? I realise most contributors here are American and can't be expected to know the wide ranging differences between British news rags, but our tabloids like the Mail can be trusted as far as you can throw a UFO. If an 'inside source' really did leak this story, and nowhere else but the Daily Mail has reported it, it's because everyone else has laughed the source out of the door.

What the... FSCK!? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24473593)

Who the fsck let an article from the Daily Mail be published on the front page?

Are you mental? Seriously?

What next, The Sun's [uncyclopedia.org] views on world politics being put there.

Stop! Now! Screw in your craniums quick!

Will the quality be any better? (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24473695)

I have owned a total of 5 Apple products:

  • Old CRT iMac - Screen died
  • G4 iBook - dead pixels but otherwise OK
  • 1st generation iPod Nano - The button/wheel connector ribbon cable shorted out and burned (I took it apart and saw this)
  • 2nd generation iPod Nano - Died, have no idea why; would not power on; Apple replaced it for free
  • iPod Touch - Home button died after 3 months; Apple wants $30 now to ship stuff to them for warranty work (!)

And I know several people with PowerBooks and Mac Pros. Every single one of them had problems and had to go back to Apple for repair.

I mean what the hell? Fancy design, shit quality if you ask me. I was thinking about an iPhone but after my Touch died there is no way in hell that is going to happen.

I have 20 year old PC's that still function normally. In fact, except for Apple product I have never had a single computer or electronic device fail in my entire life.

Just as long (1)

cloakable (885764) | more than 6 years ago | (#24473797)

As they don't ever release an iPhone Shuffle ;)

Internet on PAYG (1)

AmiMoJo (196126) | more than 6 years ago | (#24473807)

How much will internet access cost on Pay As You Go? It seems like a lot of the features of the iPhone rely on having a network connection, but at current rates it would cost you an awful lot to make use of them on a PAYG contract.

Viral advertising posing as news (4, Informative)

spleen_blender (949762) | more than 6 years ago | (#24474017)

This "article" is advertising. Why the hell would you give apple free advertising on the front page. At least MS pays for a banner. Keep your guard up people, advertisers spend about as much money as the government on psychological studies of the public so they know how to get under the radar of most people.
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