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Apple iPhone: can Apple make the right call?

OK, let’s not fool ourselves any longer. Apple is going to come to market with the iPhone. Just trust me on this one.
I can feel it in my bones. Assuming the design is going to be fine, what sort of features will the Apple iPhone have? And will I like it?

There’s been a whole lot of speculatin’ over the possibility of an Apple mobile phone in recent times, none more vocal than American Technology Research’s Shaw Wu, who seems to have hung his hat on this one.

Just as well really, given he’s done such a damn fine job of selling the idea of the Apple iPhone to his seemingly Apple-happy barmy army of investors:

“Clearly, we would like to share more detail as we have conducted extensive work on the product pipeline, but for now, here is what we will convey, … The design will be an iPod nano-like candy bar form factor and come in three colors (we are not certain of the exact colors but we suspect black, white and platinum, similar to Apple’s current color scheme of iPods and Macs.)”

But according to recent rumours, there’s a second Apple iPhone in the pipeline:

“Apple Computer, which recently released its first mobile handset to manufacturing, is working on a second model that will incorporate messaging capabilities, according to one Wall Street analyst.”

Which Wu adds to by saying:

“From our understanding, it will leverage off existing iChat software that runs on Macs,…”

Guys, slow the hell down! We can’t be dealing with a rumored rumour of a rumour based on a previous rumour. That’s just daft!

OK, speculatin’ aside, assuming the Apple iPhone is real, what does Wayne Smallman want from a mobile phone made by Apple? Well that’s easy! I want to be able to:

  • Sync with Address Book for my contacts
  • Sync with iCal events, To-Do’s, Notes et cetera
  • Sync with my Safari bookmarks
  • Sync with my Mail messages
  • Create my own ring tones in Garage Band
  • Bluetooth chat from my Apple iPhone to people using iChat on a wireless network
  • Export video from iMovie or Final Cut to my iPod and my iPhone
  • Move my songs (DRM music inclusive) from iTunes to my iPhone

Oh, and I’d like text chat, voice mail and have regular voice calls, too .. if that’s not too much trouble?

Anything less and I might just get all hung up about my Apple iPhone…

By Wayne Smallman

Wayne is the man behind the Blah, Blah! Technology website, and the creator of the Under Cloud, a digital research assistant for journalists and academics.

1 reply on “Apple iPhone: can Apple make the right call?”

This story just gets tastier and tastier!

From Apple’s CFO:
“We don’t think that the phones that are available today make the best music players,” he said. “We think the iPod is. But over time, that is likely to change. And we’re not sitting around doing nothing.”

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