Apple Handheld Making the Rounds?

Discussion in 'MacRumors News Discussion (archive)' started by MacRumors, Dec 16, 2003.

  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001
    eWeek provides a brief overview the current handheld leaders... including products Sony, PalmOne, RIM, and HP.

    Each with its own strengths... but the author, Rob Enderle, notes that the market isn't locked up, and offers a tantalizing tidbit:

    Rumors of an Apple branded Handheld/PDA have been ongoing for years... despite ongoing denials by Steve Jobs that such a product is in the works at Apple.

    In past interviews, Jobs has stated that they felt PDAs would eventually evolve into next generation Cell Phones and that they did not feel they could add much value to current cell phones.

    Recent unconfirmed whispers, however, have indicated that Apple has been actively developing at least two phone-based products in their labs: One being an Apple-based phone which Apple has been working on alongside with Nokia. The second being an next generation iPod with built-in phone features. One major feature is reportedly the ability to log into users' machines via a "thin client" to allow for a degree of location-independent workflow. When or if these devices will eventually make their way to market is unclear.

    Also unclear is whether or not these rumored phone devices necessarily are related to the Apple prototype handheld that is rumored to be making the rounds in Silicon Valley.
  2. macrumors 6502a


    Nov 11, 2003
    In the Bowels of the Cosmos
    To: Apple

    Just release the handheld already! I'm getting impatient :)
  3. macrumors regular

    Sep 14, 2003
  4. macrumors 6502a


    Feb 3, 2003
    Sydney, Australia
    Rob Enderle has been very negative about Apple lately in several articles, I can't see him caring at all about an Apple smart phone.
  5. macrumors 604


    Sep 8, 2002
    The Netherlands
    Would be pretty outrageous.
    Fun, yeah. But as Steve has denied it....
  6. macrumors regular

    Feb 28, 2003
    oh yes

    for a while, i have had to carry around my phone and my ipod, because no phones sync really well with address book and ical, and the ipod cant make calls.
    so the ipod holds all the info, dates, phone numbers, addresses, notes, etc. and the phone connects me.
    It is obvious that these two device need integrated.

    But that doesnt mean the end of the ipod. The ipod can go more down the music, pictures, movies path...

    And the new iPhone can be the phone of the future. Save a voice note on your phone, or if you have unread or saved voice mail. When you get to your mac, you plug it in and your voice mail is downloaded and voice note can be up and down loaded. It doesnt need ALL the PDA garbage that clutters up a PDA. But to have a phone that syncs (the apple way) your voice mail, phone numbers, etc.
    Or plug your iPhone into your mac and you are instanly on the net (as long as you have a signal)
  7. macrumors regular

    Sep 14, 2003
    Out of curiosity, why on earth isn't this on page 2 where it deserves to be. I don't know of a single time Enderle has spoken anything but a babbling stream of nonsense.
  8. macrumors regular

    Feb 28, 2003
    and another thing

    no stylus

    apple is best at making GUIs, they can figure an intuitive way to use menus and button mapping to get it done.

    You dont need to write a note, just speak your note. when you get to your mac, it will transcribe it for you into a text note.

    We dont need games calculators and banking statements and bla, bla, bla....

    We need a really good phone, that syncs your iLife without error, that you never have to type a phone number into.

    And it has to be either ATT or Verizon, say what you want but noone has the coverage that these two have.
  9. macrumors newbie

    Jul 16, 2002
    Well, I just replaced my Siemens S55 with a Nokia 3650. Both sync great with Address Book / iCal over bluetooth using iSync. Really, the Nokia is just about the perfect phone. It'd just be nice if it was a little smaller. An Apple branded, revised version of this phone (or any of Nokia's series 60 phones) would be terrific. Not likely I know, as apple's not really into that kind of thing... any apple phone would be terrif.
  10. macrumors member

    Mar 7, 2002
    Is anyone else as tired of these reports as I am????
  11. macrumors 68030

    Jul 25, 2002
    Re: Apple Handheld Making the Rounds?

    At which point I stopped reading.

    Rob Enderle is a moron who thinks he knows more than he knows and certainly believes himself to be far more important than he actually is. Of all his recent spew about Apple there has not been a single pertinent fact or insightful comment.

    This is not the kind of person that has inside information.

    This is the kind of person that gets off making other people think he has inside information.

    In other words, this is a Page 2+ story.
  12. macrumors regular

    Feb 28, 2003

    This is right about the time Arn pops in and brings this thread some fact and reality.

    Before we REALLY get out of hand.
  13. macrumors 603


    Jun 19, 2003
    Chicago, IL
    Someone drag out Steve's quote to end this now? K?

    I think they will release a handheld/phones the day after Apple released the 2 button mouse. :p
  14. macrumors regular

    Oct 5, 2000
    Beijing, China
    Which quote is that? The one about the "Year of the Laptop", which saw Apple have the most inportant desktop product release ever?

    Or the quote about the "death of the CRT", a few months prior to Apple releasing the eMac?

    I think listening to what Steve Jobs tells reporters is idiotic; he obviously filters what he says for the moment as it suits Apple's needs.
  15. MOM
    macrumors member

    May 14, 2002
    San Francisco
    I'm sorry, its gramatically incorrect to use the word "smart" and the name " Rob Enderle" in the same sentence.

    Boy o' Boy is it ever open season on Apple rumors, next thing you know Apple will have an entry for the X-prize.

    Still, i wish they had something up their sleeves, but I really doubt it.
  16. macrumors regular

    Jan 3, 2002
    YES I AM!

    Apple needs to just release it so I stop drooling at the possibilities.

    It seems the fad on here to deny or trounce any major progression of the iPod, or the possibility of Apple making anything new. You think Apple is just going to make just the software it does, i/proMacs, just keep giving the iPod a bigger (now smaller also) hard-drive, and an iSight (that now only seems to have one purpose)?

    I remember when this site had a bunch of people talking about the future. Don't upset or mad if you once dreamed of an Apple product that never came to be. Just because people have talked about wild ideas that never happened, doesn't make them bad or stupid. You don't need to be the person to say I told you so, it doesn't matter.
  17. macrumors 65816


    Jul 24, 2002
    South Orange, NJ
    I want a thin client

    I want a thin client. I want my bas-ass desktop to be sitting at home, and I want to be able to have a thin client easily access it from my couch, or Hong Kong.

    The benefits are obvious:

    1) My files are not on the thin client, or are only there themporarily. Hard to stead information this way.

    2) It costs much less than a laptop.

    3) It doesn't have the power requirements of a laptop.

    4) It can be smaller than a laptop and more durable.

    To be clear, this is NOT a PDA or cellphone. I don't think either of those will EVER see the light of day from Apple.
  18. macrumors 68000


    Jan 3, 2002
    you know I'm a big fan of this site and I respect the work Arns does, but WHY do we keep seeing these handheld reports that have zero substance? I don't get it. These are simply random bits of rumors from unconfirmed and unreliable sources. WHY?
  19. macrumors 68020


    Jul 22, 2002
    Almere, The Netherlands
    Let's hope that the GUI comes from Apple and not Nokia. I have a nokia for 2 years know, but still can't figure some things out...BTW, I don't want a Nokia logo on it, only a big Apple logo!!!!!
  20. arn
    macrumors god


    Staff Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    let's focus on the topic at hand...

    there is some interesting information here... if you don't find it interesting, then you are free to move on to the next article. ;)

  21. macrumors 6502

    May 2, 2003
    The Netherlands - Utrecht
    Re: To: Apple

    First, i misread... i red "Just release the handheld alrealy! I'm getting important :)"

    Made me chuckle

  22. macrumors 65816

    Oct 24, 2003
    Remember the iPhone.
    For the longest time went to Apples website. Now I notice it goes to Vontage website now.

    Maybe they have changed the name??
  23. macrumors regular

    Jan 28, 2002
    This same tired rumor along with the iPad, x86 OSX, and Steve Jobs being the puppet of intelligent alien ants have been going around for years. Some of these things have been so baseless that they don't really even deserve to be called rumors - more like wishful thinking and rampant speculation.

    "I saw Steve Jobs at a Lexus dealership and the new Lexus cards have Bluetooth installed so they MUST be making a new iDrive product!"

    Nonsense. Any decent rumor must have *something* resembling evidence to support it.
  24. macrumors 68040


    Apr 24, 2003
    Hehe, the rumors are just going to get thicker as we get closer to MWSF! By the time we get there we'll probably see rumors of iColdFusion with a big apple logo on it.

    Personally I think there is room for growth in the iPod area specifically to include WiFi connection and the ability to show video/still pictures on a TV/projector thing.

    All I know is that Apples aniversary is coming around the time of MWSF, so something will happen. Whether it will be the stupendous thing SJ envisions like the day he rolled out the iPod, or something like the iSight, which is very cool, but useless to the average user remains to be seen. Something is up Job's sleeve though, guaranteed.
  25. macrumors 65816


    Aug 1, 2000
    Los Angeles, CA
    apple should just buy Palmone.

    It is very low priced and could go lower. nice products ie, treo 600

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