Apple PDA?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by MadDoc, Apr 8, 2007.

  1. MadDoc macrumors 6502

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    Lot's of us want one (I for one am sick of Palm OS 5 which hasn't been updated for ages) but with the advent of the iPhone - has this become a more realistic possibility. I do't want t combined PDA / phone and I don't want to pay as much as the iPhone is going to sell for.

    Am I being unrealistic?

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  2. nagromme macrumors G5

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    Probably unrealistic: PDAs have been massively losing sales to phone/PDAs, so I don't see Apple trying to take a slice of a shrinking market.

    The closest you might hope for, I think, is a) a new Mac subnotebook, b) a future lower-end/cheaper iPhone, or c) a new touchscreen iPod with limited extras. Like current iPods have: they can view calendars and contacts but not edit them.

    All just guesswork, though!
     
  3. dpaanlka macrumors 601

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    Unlikely. On a side note, "PDA" (personal digital assistant) is actually an Apple-originated term:

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  4. MadDoc thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I didn't realise that PDA was coined by Apple!

    The iPhone looks very promising but I hope it supports 3rd party apps and games. If it did then I would be much more interested in buying one. I wonder if Apple will add an SD card slot in a revised model?

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  5. TraceyS/FL macrumors 68040

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    OH how a GOOD Apple PDA would be.... i wanted a Newton - but had no need for it at the time.

    I need a full function PDA/phone - the iPhone wouldn't cut it. Neither would Cingular.

    So, i'll stick with my "archaic but works perfect" Treo 650. Does exactly what I need on my "family plan" network.
     
  6. mklos macrumors 68000

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    Believe it or not, it was rumored a couple of years ago that Apple had a PDA all designed and ready for shipping, but Steve pulled the plug on it at the last minute.

    I don't think Apple will release a PDA. I would however believe that something like an iPhone would start to phase out PDAs as the iPhone has so much more functionality than any PDA.
     
  7. TraceyS/FL macrumors 68040

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    How so??? Can I open Spreadsheets on it? Add an app to track medical info for my kids on there? Can i run handyshopper?

    None of those things require me to go online, I rarely need/use mail or i-net on my phone anyway. But the rest? Almost daily!

    My iPod does music & videos well - no need for that on my phone. I'd love to have it all in one - but I don't think right now the direction of the iPhone is headed in will allow that.

    And, i'd not do well with a limit - i need all my "stuff" on the iPod at once :D
     
  8. clevin macrumors G3

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    of course apple always come up with a good name:D real product was probably earlier by other ppl according to wiki
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Personal_digital_assistant
     
  9. dpaanlka macrumors 601

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    Uh yeah... none of those "real products" could hardly be compared to the Newton. I have a few pre-Newton devices.
     

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