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Apple To Unveil iPod Cellphone Next Week?

CmdrTaco posted about 9 years ago | from the i'll-believe-it-when-it-calls-me dept.

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Mictian writes "Apple Computer is planning to hold a major press conference next week (September 7th) in San Francisco and the rumours say that it will be the unveiling of a new iPod cellphone (NYT). The phone would incorporate the popular iTunes software, be built by Motorola and marketed by Cingular Wireless. The companies have declined to confirm or deny the report, which would fit Apple's past pattern of being secretive to maximise the splash on announcement day."

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#1 (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13435014)

Why Cingular?

Re:#1 (4, Informative)

Brento (26177) | about 9 years ago | (#13435044)

Why Cingular?

First, they sell Motorola phones, and Motorola partnered with Apple to build it. Also, they're a GSM carrier, and they seem to sell bleeding edge phones a little bit quicker than other carriers. Motorola probably built the first version as GSM because more carriers use that protocol. I love Verizon, but ditched 'em for Cingular because Cingular gets cooler phones faster. Granted, the coverage isn't as good, but hey, geeks love toys.

Re:#1 (4, Insightful)

amichalo (132545) | about 9 years ago | (#13435102)

First, they sell Motorola phones, and Motorola partnered with Apple to build it.

I contend that Apple partnered with Cingular because they are the largest carrier in the US, now that they merged with AT&T, and because Cingular would allow Apple to sell a phone that didn't get it music by buying from an over priced Verizon music store. Sprint, Verizon, etc sell Motorola phones too (yeah, Sprint only sells CDMA Motos) but the GSM carriers will sell whatever they think is gonna bring in the customers.

Re:#1 (4, Interesting)

eunos94 (254614) | about 9 years ago | (#13435244)

Plus, by issuing a GSM phone, Apple is open to pretty much the whole world on one phone platform. CDMA is pretty much US only and companies like Verizon, while supporting tech like Bluetooth, only support it in a crippled version that they can fee their customers to death with.

Re:#1 (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13435207)

Because Cingular is the largest US provider that uses GSM - a world-wide standard. Since most high-end Motorola phones are quad-band GSM they can be sold anywhere in the world. Cingular is probably the first US carrier - and international partners are surely to follow very soon.

A phone for Verizon or Spring is mostly worthless outside US.

Technologically, US is behind most other markets anyway so I would expect Motorola to sell more of these in Europe.

Also, Motorola has been known to do "exclusive" deals with Cingular (ie, Razr v3).

Re:#1 (0, Flamebait)

Dr.Opveter (806649) | about 9 years ago | (#13435380)

I'm not from America, but I had a Cingular Pay to Go plan (or whatever it's called again --a prepaid kind of system) last time I was over there for a few weeks and I couldn't figure out how to change the voicemail so that it wouldn't pick up after 3 rings already. Couldn't shut it either.
Totally annoying experience.

Yet more rumours (4, Informative)

frankthechicken (607647) | about 9 years ago | (#13435016)

Nice, but apparently it'll only hold 100 songs [engadget.com] . And if that is true, it is not nearly enough capacity to make me switch from carrying both an MP3 player and a mobile.

Not even... (2, Insightful)

Poromenos1 (830658) | about 9 years ago | (#13435077)

...if it had 40 GB capacity would I buy this. Then I would be stuck forever with this cellphone (which, for all I know, could be crappy) and I wouldn't buy a new one even if this got old because I would already have a half-decent cellphone I'd have to carry around with me because it's also my mp3 player.

Re:Not even... (2, Insightful)

interiot (50685) | about 9 years ago | (#13435307)

"I won't buy that because it has features that I like too much."

Yeah, that makes perfect sense. No, it really does.

Re:Yet more rumours (4, Insightful)

Iriel (810009) | about 9 years ago | (#13435157)

True, I have a 60GB iPod and there's no way I'd switch to 100 songs from several thousand, however...

If Apple's getting anything out of this, they're hoping more people may buy this instead of a Shuffle. ::looks down at cracked screen::
"cuz like, I need a new phone anyway"

you could always.... (1)

zogger (617870) | about 9 years ago | (#13435268)

..call up your home computer and stream your songs from there, if you had unlimited data or some good plan like that.

Re:you could always.... (1)

Iriel (810009) | about 9 years ago | (#13435418)

I'm not too aware of any plans in the states that offer unlimited data for a reasonable price (if at all, actually). If you know of one, please let me know.

Otherwise, the point I was making in the quoted text is that the audience that they may be looking for probably wants an instant solution rather than go through the trouble of settting up something exponentially more elaborate. Besides, they would have to pay for a constant connection at home plus unlimted data, which would probably cost more than a 60GB iPod for all we know! ;)

Re:Yet more rumours (1)

jeffehobbs (419930) | about 9 years ago | (#13435334)

...this very well could be an "anti-rumor"; Apple's been bit hard in the past by the rumor mill raising expectations for their products to such a level that when the actual product comes out, there's palpable customer disappointment.

It would be pretty clever if the folks at Apple are now seeding the rumor sites with unwhelming data points, so that when the actual product comes out, there's more excitement over the feature set as a result.

Or maybe that's crazy talk; I agree, 100 songs would be teh suck.

~jeff

New Phone...Damn (1)

wknoxwalker (901812) | about 9 years ago | (#13435017)

This is just a few days after I get my new windows based smart phone/PDA device... I'd actually sat there playing with it and wished apple made phones. Oh well. Another year to my next upgrade.

Re:New Phone...Damn (1)

b100dian (771163) | about 9 years ago | (#13435064)

..my new windows based smart phone/PDA..

Have no fear, they'll port MacOS X on these in 2807!!

Re:New Phone...Damn (1)

Pennywisdom2099 (896069) | about 9 years ago | (#13435374)

I feel bad for you if you think an Apple phone which holds 100 songs is better than a smartphone. You can get up to a 1gb mini sd card which will hold songs, ebooks, pictures, anything basically. I don't know how I lived without it =D

World turning upside down (4, Insightful)

lawpoop (604919) | about 9 years ago | (#13435018)

Apple is releasing an iPod cell phone, while Nokia is releasing a tablet computer [nokia.com] with no cell phone capabilities.

Re:World turning upside down (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13435355)

Nokia used to own half the world's commercial forrests, so their no stranger to reinventing their corporate image

Fantastic! (5, Insightful)

adamwright (536224) | about 9 years ago | (#13435033)

Now I can watch movie clips, read news AND listen to music using my mobile phone. However, every second voice conversation will still run to the lines of "Hello? Hello? Can you hear me? Is this better? Yes? OK...wait, I've lost you. Can you hear me? CAN YOU? I'll call you back. I'LL CALL YOU BACK".

Fix your damned voice communications before you introduce more junk into handsets. I have a perfectly good MP3 player, but I still lack a useful phone!

Re:Fantastic! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13435082)

I have a Motorola T720 that works great as far as a cell phone. I recommend it.

your paneling anonymous coward

Re:Fantastic! (4, Funny)

penguinoid (724646) | about 9 years ago | (#13435083)

Hey! You forgot the camara. God I love that feature!</sarcasm>

Re:Fantastic! (2, Insightful)

ciroknight (601098) | about 9 years ago | (#13435162)

Hey! You forgot the camara. God I love that feature!</sarcasm>

I dunno if that's a camera or a camaro, but hey, I'll take my photo-taking, fast-moving, phone-calling machine any day. Now if only my phone had an electric razor..

Re:Fantastic! (1)

Name Anonymous (850635) | about 9 years ago | (#13435305)

I want a decent phone. I do not want it to be a digital camera as well. There are various places that ban cameras that make such a phone less useful. After all, how useful is a phone that you can't have with you?

Re:Fantastic! (1)

AvitarX (172628) | about 9 years ago | (#13435430)

Nokia 6800.

The only phone I could find with email access and a keyboard but no camera for under many hundreds of dollors.

The Blackberries are too expensive and the sidekicks have cameras.

The web-browsing sucks though but I can get directions, look up numbers check and send email all for free.

Re:Fantastic! (4, Interesting)

MaestroSartori (146297) | about 9 years ago | (#13435131)

Was gonna mod this, but I decided to reply...

Motorola actually do make decent phones for talking to people on. My V3 RAZR has excellent clarity and (for me) a decent battery life. It comes with loads of other crap on it that I don't use, yes, including a camera, but it's easily the best mobile I've had (which list includes Nokias, Ericsson both pre and post Sony, and Siemens).

Most of the time when I get a dodgy-sounding connection, it's the other person's phone or just poor signal. But that isn't the fault of the handset developers, because most people I know have older phones, and live in areas with poor signals.

I've briefly tried current offerings from Nokia and Sony, and they also seem fairly clear when used in areas of good reception. Where they could definitely be improved, IMO, is that they're often too quiet, and that outside noise leaks in too much. Not sure how they might tackle that, but then I'm just a games programmer. Your mileage may vary, of course, but it does seem like handsets are improving in those core areas as well as the useless attachments...

Re:Fantastic! (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13435139)

Can you hear me? CAN YOU? I'll call you back. I'LL CALL YOU BACK".
What is this? The 90's? Oh, I forgot, it's the US of A.

Re:Fantastic! (1)

Lellor (910974) | about 9 years ago | (#13435352)

It's not just the US - I have similar problems up here in Lumby (Canada). I agree fully with the grandparent - just make phones that work well for their intended purpose - making and receiving phone calls.

I have an MP3 player in my car, a DVD player, a PC at home and at work, a laptop, and a regular iPod - all of which play MP3s flawlessly. It would be nice to have a decent, simple, reliable handset without any additional features (just text messages and voice capabilities)!

Re:Fantastic! (3, Funny)

j3tt (859525) | about 9 years ago | (#13435181)

You should go with Verizon. I remember they went around the country repeatedly checking with the other end - "Can you hear me now?"

Re:Fantastic! (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13435243)

1995 called, it wants its mobile back.

Seriously, what handset do you have? Wait, you live in the UK - man, you need to talk to your provider. I get better quality reception on my mobile than on a normal landline. Go to carphone warehouse, they'll sort you out

Re:Fantastic! (1)

Mitsoid (837831) | about 9 years ago | (#13435286)

I have to agree... my mp3 player is 2 years old (Creative Zen) and runs amazingly still.. My cell phone.. well... I spent $100 to 'upgrade' my phone when i got it, and nowadays its crap... areas i used to get signal I dont anymore, all sending/recieving has been slacking... just want to run my phone over already...

Nextel (1)

ModernGeek (601932) | about 9 years ago | (#13435405)

I've said it once, and I'll say it again. Everyone says, "Your phone has a black and white screen, and doesn't have a camera". But when they need to make a call and they have their phone with them, and I'm driving, they always ask to use mine because it's the only one that ever works 100%. I don't work for Nextel, but if I did, I would brag about them in my sig.

iphone.org (4, Interesting)

hytmal (626798) | about 9 years ago | (#13435037)

maybe FINALLY apple will be taking advantage of the fact that they have ownership of iphone.org ( http://samspade.org/t/whois?a=iphone.org&server=au to&_charset_=UTF-8&btnGo=Whois [samspade.org] )

  -- hytmal

Re:iphone.org (0, Offtopic)

kulakovich (580584) | about 9 years ago | (#13435092)

drat - I don't know how you got this in before me! double drat!

/your speed is teh superior.

kulakovich

Prediction of CmdrTaco's Response Next Week (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13435051)

No wireless.
Less space than a Nomad.
Lame.

Disk drive? (1)

hydrino (131216) | about 9 years ago | (#13435059)

I wonder if this will have a disk drive, Edge and WiFi? If not, I hope there are miniSD expansion slots.
If they do that and allow me to sync with outlook.

If it can do all that, it'll be a smartphone killer

Re:Disk drive? (1)

ciroknight (601098) | about 9 years ago | (#13435130)

Hah, I honestly doubt it'll have any of that.

It's probably a port of the iPod interface in software, with the iPod shuffle's hardware player, tied into Motorola's cellphone. Nothing too complicated really, and it fits with the need for Apple to get more flash ram, now (as moving parts plus cellphones equals dead device).

I'll still get one, even if it means my Treo 600 will have to take the backseat for a while.

Re:Disk drive? (1)

FidelCatsro (861135) | about 9 years ago | (#13435279)

Which could be interesting .. if they use the ipod touch wheel you could do away with those silly small keys and have a rather cool emulation of finger stop dialling

Re:Disk drive? (1)

DenDave (700621) | about 9 years ago | (#13435218)

I'd be impressed if it synced with iSync....

Branding (4, Insightful)

StacyWebb (780561) | about 9 years ago | (#13435060)

It's not really a matter of new technology, but rather a matter of branding. The Apple iTunes name sells. This behavior is being done by many corporations. Virgin started it along with 7-eleven. Next to appear on the scene is Disney Mobile (not making this up). Names sell, so individuals who are dedicated to Apple and it's products will most likley purchase this type of phone/service.

Re:Branding (1)

t_allardyce (48447) | about 9 years ago | (#13435112)

Yes but apple is different, if their phone is white and stylish like their other products, it will sell.

Another rumor (-1, Troll)

Hell O'World (88678) | about 9 years ago | (#13435065)

Another rumor is that Apple will be releasing poison gas into the San Fransisco subway.
"The companies have declined to confirm or deny the report, which would fit Apple's past pattern of being secretive to maximise the splash on announcement day."
That proves it, it must be true!

Re:Another rumor (1)

QuantumG (50515) | about 9 years ago | (#13435081)

Wow. Really? I wonder what color it will be!

Re:Another rumor (0)

0110011001110101 (881374) | about 9 years ago | (#13435099)

will that be called iBART?

Subway system it is not, but any new gas smell in there would be an improvement over the current smell they got going on...

It's the first time for me and I can't resist... (0, Redundant)

webgrappa (831197) | about 9 years ago | (#13435066)

...will it run Linux? (Sorry for this)

Re:It's the first time for me and I can't resist.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13435250)

The real question is: "Does it play Ogg Vorbis?"

Re:It's the first time for me and I can't resist.. (1)

bsgk (792550) | about 9 years ago | (#13435302)

According to Engadget, it will. [engadget.com]

Re:It's the first time for me and I can't resist.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13435312)

Your first time doing what? Premature ejaculation?

Waste of Money. (-1, Flamebait)

nuclearpenguins (907128) | about 9 years ago | (#13435070)

Sure, the Apple-fanoys will gobble it up because that is in their nature, but I'm sure it'll be a flop with the rest of humanity.

Re:Waste of Money. (1)

birdwax2k (787311) | about 9 years ago | (#13435119)

the rest of humanity is going to be a flop?

Yes, just like the ipod (1)

Knome_fan (898727) | about 9 years ago | (#13435132)

Ooops, wait, the ipod seems to appeal to a much larger userbase than those who you like to call Apple-fanoys [sic!] so why shouldn't this be the case with this device?

Seriously, I think combining an ipod with a mobile phone just makes too much sense not to do it.

And considering that mobile phones for many people have become life style articles and the ipod itself is one of the most successful life style articles, I think this could be a hughe success.

Re:Yes, just like the ipod (1)

Jane_Dozey (759010) | about 9 years ago | (#13435259)

This is also a smart move by apple since lots of cellphones are starting to offer MP3 playback. If they can make enough hype to surround the ipod cellphones they could end up being a big player in the cellphone industry.

uhm.. IPHONE.ORG ? (0, Offtopic)

kulakovich (580584) | about 9 years ago | (#13435071)


Maybe if I put it in all caps people will listen this time. =)

kulakovich

Re:uhm.. IPHONE.ORG ? (1)

penguinoid (724646) | about 9 years ago | (#13435103)

I, for one, would welcome an Apple cell phone ... not sure that mixing cell phones with iPods is a good idea though.

Re:uhm.. IPHONE.ORG ? (1)

kulakovich (580584) | about 9 years ago | (#13435353)


Ok, it is in the domain name record that Apple owns iPhone.org - how the heck is that offtopic?

Not a terrible idea (4, Insightful)

Gadgetfreak (97865) | about 9 years ago | (#13435073)

but I'm sure it won't fare nearly as well as the iPod itself. People get tired of their cell phones after a while. Especially when something new and flashy comes out.

Gadgets really shouldn't require contracts.

Re:Not a terrible idea (1)

Jeff DeMaagd (2015) | about 9 years ago | (#13435313)

Gadgets really shouldn't require contracts.

Part of the problem is that the price of the gadget, the phone, is subsidized by the service contract. So the price looks good but only because you have to buy the service. If you don't want the contract or the benefit of that subsidy, you have to buy an unlocked phone, which can be a lot more expensive. The problem there is I don't know if the unlocked device will work with the no-contract services.

But then, phone services don't require that you use the same phone during the entire contract, buy a new phone and they'll switch it over to the new phone.

I think it is wasteful to go through a new phone every year. I hope not too many good phones just get recycled.

Re:Not a terrible idea (1)

eclectic4 (665330) | about 9 years ago | (#13435333)

"but I'm sure it won't fare nearly as well as the iPod itself"

I don't think it's supposed to. Besides, how could it, or anything else for that matter, actually "fare better" than the iPod has? No, I don't think 85% of the cell phone market would be the goal. The cell phone market today is vastly different than the portable music player market was when the iPod was introduced.

The 2G iPod Shuffle (4, Interesting)

amichalo (132545) | about 9 years ago | (#13435075)

Looks like this ROKR phone is kinda the 2nd Generation iPod Shuffle.
- It is a small unit with minila but reasonable capacity via Flash
- Smaller than a pack of gum, more like a piece of gum stuck to your cell phone
- Now Suffle detractors get their screen and basically a free ride on the battery life of a much larger capacity battery too
- Still priced at a minimal premium

I have also read that the software people have seen is a music player only, not iTMS integration for buying tracks, so this will sync with
- iTunes
- Address Book
- Calendar events?
- To Dos?

Re:The 2G iPod Shuffle (1)

cranky_slacker (815016) | about 9 years ago | (#13435398)

Why would you need DOS support? Maybe it'll run OS Warp too....

sounds good (3, Funny)

flynt (248848) | about 9 years ago | (#13435079)

Wireless.
More space than a nomad.
Sweet.

Not likely (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13435084)

I don't think such a big event (hype?) for a 3rd part product anyway.

More likely a brand new product. I still hope for a serious Media Center.

Secretive (2, Interesting)

jurt1235 (834677) | about 9 years ago | (#13435088)

Quote: The companies have declined to confirm or deny the report, which would fit Apple's past pattern of being secretive to maximise the splash on announcement day.

Should read:

The companies have declined to confirm or deny the report, which would fit Apple's past pattern of being secretive to maximise the splash on announcement day, and sue everybody who brings out the real news for being correct and taking away the spotlight of apple.

100 songs? No way! (5, Interesting)

jtangen (861406) | about 9 years ago | (#13435098)

The advertisement for the event reads: "1,000 songs in your pocket changed everything... Here we go again". Do you really think that Apple would release a phone that holds 100 songs? My bet is a video iPod and iTunes 5 that will provide music video and movie content through the iTunes Music Store.

au revoir Verizon (2, Interesting)

CoughDropAddict (40792) | about 9 years ago | (#13435100)

I'm so glad I ignored all of Verizon's "special offers," tempting me to renew my contract that will expire in a month.

If Apple/Motorola do release an iPod phone, and it's good, I'll ditch Verizon in a heartbeat. And I'll send them a letter telling them how much I resent their effort to control what kind of tecnology they'll allow on their network. They want to gouge me for songs the way they gouge you for ringtones. Screw that!

Re:au revoir Verizon (1)

ChrisF79 (829953) | about 9 years ago | (#13435136)

Perhaps I'm just too apathetic, but do you really think writing a letter is going to do you any good? These big companies don't care about our correspondence. Chances are, it'll be read (if you're lucky) by a customer service rep in a cubicle, then tossed aside before anybody of any value sees it.

And for the record, I think we'll see the ipod/phone from Apple soon enough, but I really don't think that's what we're going to see on Sept. 7th. My vote goes to the video iPod and iTunes 5.

Almost there... (3, Funny)

lbmouse (473316) | about 9 years ago | (#13435105)

Just need to add a PDA, WiFi, 80GB removable HD, 6MP camera w/video, DVR, GPS, and a tissue dispenser... then, "hook it to my veins!"

Re:Almost there... (1)

5.11Climber (578513) | about 9 years ago | (#13435220)

You forgot the huge friggin' battery needed to drive all of this. Unless of course you only intend to run the unit for 5 minutes.

Say it with me... (5, Funny)

jbrelie (322599) | about 9 years ago | (#13435114)

iTones.

Cool... (1, Troll)

ph4te (901242) | about 9 years ago | (#13435137)

It will be at the low, low Apple price of $499.99 for the 64MB model!

Re:Cool... (0)

ph4te (901242) | about 9 years ago | (#13435182)

Sorry about the double post, but this just occured to me...

Wasn't it about two months ago that BG was ranting on about how cell phones will be the "iPod killer"?

Looks like MS will be comming into the game late... as usual.

Don't forget about DRM and the lack of free codecs (1)

Enoch Lockwood (889602) | about 9 years ago | (#13435195)

Yep. And for that low, low price you will also get DRM that prevents you from copying your music to your friend's computer as is your right.

Furthermore, it will not support free codecs such as OGG and will lock you into proprietary, closed and/or patent encumbered products such as AAC, MP3 and WAV.

What a bargain!

WiFi equipped iPod only way forward... (3, Insightful)

Wonderkid (541329) | about 9 years ago | (#13435143)

1. There is all this speculation over a) A video iPod, yet sales of portable video devices have not taken off, unlike MP3 players before the iPod was first launched. b) An iTunes equipped phone. 2. Here are some things to think about: a) The cell phone / mobile phone networks are in a mess and not global, while WiFi is a global standard. b) The future lies in VoIP. c) The iPod OS contains an address book and a huge hard drive. Therefore, 3. An iPod with built in WiFi would be a global carrier free product and liberate people from the need to use a Mac or PC to purchase/download/sync their tunes and other data, they would simply login to the nearest WiFi network. Syncing with any Mac or PC would be wireless too which would be sweet. 4. Consider that a music playing PHONE is not original, the excellent Sony Ericsson K750i and K800 phones already do this well - and include well reviewed 2MP cameras too. (See http://www.fonebox.com/matrix [fonebox.com] ) 5. I vote for a wireless iPod as being what Apple SHOULD do, perhaps with a 2MP digicam on the back too.

Re:WiFi equipped iPod only way forward... (1)

mrch0mp3rs (864814) | about 9 years ago | (#13435416)

A WiFi equipped iPod? It exists. It's called the PlayStation Portable. It has WiFi built in, with a browser, plays mp3s, mp4s, m4as and video games.

I can play all the media I can play in iTunes (save my purchased music pre-Jhymn). And, I can play multiplayer Lumines.

That said, as an owner of three iPods, a PowerBook, a DP PowerMac, an iBook and a lifelong Apple nerd -- I'll probably bite on whatever new product Apple comes out with. I'm Apple's whore.

Implication. (2, Funny)

trosenbl (191401) | about 9 years ago | (#13435145)

"The companies have declined to confirm or deny the report, which would fit Apple's past pattern of being secretive to maximise the splash on announcement day."


They won't say anything -> it must be true?

I hope you're not a stock broker.

I wounder if... (1)

farzadb82 (735100) | about 9 years ago | (#13435150)

This has anything to do with them looking into buying 40% of Samsung's inventory in Flash memory http://apple.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=05/08/25/ 1820250&tid=198&tid=3 [slashdot.org] ?

Re:I wounder if... (1)

jigoman (853944) | about 9 years ago | (#13435346)

Interesting thought but I doubt it since Motorola is the manufacturer of the phone. What's also interesting is how they'll NOT bite into sales of a comparable sized iPod. Throwing 512MB or even 1gig is inexcusable given the lowered costs. But how do you sell a Shuffle when the customer can now fit more on their cellphone??

Revolutionary (4, Insightful)

mwvdlee (775178) | about 9 years ago | (#13435179)

I heard the new Apple product would be "revolutionary" and completely new, changing live as we know it and such... a mobile phone/iPod comination will NOT be that.

Makes my ears BLEED! (5, Funny)

Zemplar (764598) | about 9 years ago | (#13435185)

Imagine some idiot having ~500 minutes worth of ringtones!

Crazy Frog ringtones (1)

October_30th (531777) | about 9 years ago | (#13435233)

Or, even worse, ~500 minutes worth of Crazy Frog ringtones...

Cue the insightful punditry of Slashdot (-1, Troll)

Gothmolly (148874) | about 9 years ago | (#13435205)

"No wireless. Less space than a nomad. Lame."

But wait, this WILL have wireless, and more space than a Nomad. And STILL be lame, and STILL be gobbled up by the fanboys.

iSync? (1)

jellomizer (103300) | about 9 years ago | (#13435208)

Will iSync work with it?

Seriously I figure in 10-20 more years the desktops and laptops will be replaced with cellphones. Like Desktops and Laptops replaces the old mainframes.

This is perfect (1)

stickytar (96286) | about 9 years ago | (#13435214)

I think it was yesterday as I was trying to figure out how to configure an employees PDA/Cellphone running Windows to download his email. And all I thought about was "Wouldn't it be great if this ran OS X?" Ha ha... Thank you Steve!

Motorola iTunes Phone (1)

lydic (25054) | about 9 years ago | (#13435217)

Here's a link from Daily Wireless last Tuesday about the same??? phone, complete with pictures. http://www.dailywireless.org/modules.php?name=News &file=article&sid=4598/ [dailywireless.org]

This of course, may or may not be what Apple will unveil, but the information did come from Motorola via the FCC.

The Article (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13435222)

Its already starting to lag up.

SAN FRANCISCO -- Apple Computer and Motorola plan next week to unveil a long-awaited mobile phone and music player that will incorporate Apple's iTunes software, a telecommunications industry analyst who has been briefed on the announcement said Monday.

The development marks a melding of two of the digital era's most popular devices, the cell phone and the iPod, which has become largely synonymous with the concept of downloading songs from the Internet or transferring them from compact discs.

Roger Entner, a telecommunications analyst with Ovum, a market research firm, said he had been told by an industry executive that the new phone, made by Motorola, would be marketed by Cingular Wireless. Entner said it would include iTunes software, which helps power the iPod.

The software will allow people to transfer songs from a personal computer to the mobile phone, then listen to the songs, presumably through headphones. "It will allow people to lick CmdrTaco's butthole," he said of the device.

Apple, Motorola and Cingular all declined to confirm or deny the report. But Apple did announce on Monday that it would hold a major press event Sept. 7 in San Francisco that it indicated was music-related. Apple is routinely tight-lipped about pending product announcements, preferring to make a splash on the day of the event.

The plans outlined for an Apple phone are consistent with recent announcements by Motorola, which said in July 2004 that it planned to develop a device that would include the iTunes software.

Last month, Motorola said that development of the iTunes phone was on track to be unveiled by the end of September.

Jennifer Weyrauch, a spokeswoman for Motorola, declined on Monday to comment on Apple's announcement plans for next week. Weyrauch did say, generally speaking, that when Motorola unveiled a phone equipped with iTunes software, it would be a part of a line of music-oriented phones that the company calls Rokr.

Re:The Article (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13435303)

Who marked this informative? Did anyone notice this:

"It will allow people to lick CmdrTaco's butthole,"

Red herring, anyone? (1)

Winterblink (575267) | about 9 years ago | (#13435246)

Seems to me this is a red herring, designed to distract people from a much larger announcement, like say a video iPod or somesuch. iTunes on a phone? Whoopdee-fracking-doo.

I credit slashdotters (1)

bogaboga (793279) | about 9 years ago | (#13435263)

I credit slashdotters for predicting this way back when the iPOD was still the new kid on the block. I remember one slashdotter who specifically said this was expected. This [news] proves him right.

Other Announcements (2, Funny)

gcondon (45047) | about 9 years ago | (#13435272)

Apple will also be announcing a flying car, the cure for cancer and Duke Nukem Forever.

Unfortunately, there is no evidence of this but that fits with "Apple's past pattern of being secretive to maximise the splash on announcement day."

Not an iPod Phone (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13435287)

All indications are that this is just a normal phone with a mobile version of iTunes. Installing iTunes on a Dell doesn't make it an iPod computer. Motorola industrial design, motorola software, motorola UI, Apple's iTunes.

Why not just proclaim /. as a mirror of the NYT? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13435317)

I mean really, I usually read it there first ...

iPhone (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13435327)

Great... now I can have my MP3 player and my phone stolen in one shot.
Seriously, I love combining technology - but the battery life better be more on par with the iPod rather than the typical Motorola phones or this will just suck.
Perhaps Apple/Motorola (ironic these 2 are working together again) will get it right with this phone.
BUT - Cingular will fsck it up with their horrible service.
Just my 2 cents...

I thought text enty was bad on PSP ... how Clickw? (1)

oxnyx (653869) | about 9 years ago | (#13435331)

I know lots of people love the clickwheel. It is great for a menu only system. However I hate to think what trying to get a number into the system would be like. click .. click ... clickk ..dang pass 8 again... clickkk ... (Yes I have set my clock it wasn't too bad but a number pad makes sense to dial with. ;) Otherwise meh..there are lots of MP3 cells out and TBH I'd say that iPod harddrive makes it a touch heavy for carry. *shrugs*

Consider... (5, Insightful)

Captain Perspicuous (899892) | about 9 years ago | (#13435336)

Consider...
  • the invitation said "1000 songs, here we go again", so it will probably have 4GB of memory
  • Adding a 4GB harddisk will make the phone look fat (Nokia N91: 160 grams [infosyncworld.com] )
  • Apple is rumored to buy up large quantities of RAM [slashdot.org]
...I think it's clear what we will see: a mobile phone with 4GB of integrated memory... drool! :-)

IPhone VoIP (1)

Pixelmixer (907566) | about 9 years ago | (#13435386)

I dont believe the iphone is going to go this direction just yet, but it seems like a very interesting idea. VoIP through a wifi connected cell phone... of course it would have to still have the basic usage of a normal cell until the entire world is blanketed in wifi hotspots.

Re:IPhone VoIP (1)

Wonderkid (541329) | about 9 years ago | (#13435425)

As per my earlier posting (above), a WiFi equipped iPod would make the most sense Reasons given in earlier post.

No Bars (1)

theraccoon (592935) | about 9 years ago | (#13435392)

This is so 1337. I heard you can download music and listen to your favorite MP3s with the iPod Phone, but you have to go stand in the street with your arm bent backwards because you STILL can't get any signal from inside your house.

Apple innovates the cellphone? (4, Funny)

rocjoe71 (545053) | about 9 years ago | (#13435397)

Will their new cellphone only have one button, just like their mice? Just kidding...

cell phones are out, WiFi phones are in (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13435403)

I am surprised. Afterall cell phones are on the way out and WiFi phones have become the new hot thing. I would have expected Apple to come out with a WiFi phone instead but, hey, that might well be their next move.
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