Apple Phone in Early '07?

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ThinkSecret claims that Apple will finally be releasing the long awaited Apple Phone in early 2007.

The rumor site claims that after scrapping a ground-up design, they've decided to go with "several off-the-shelf parts for what will be the first of at least two or three different phones" in the first part of 2007.

The phones are said to include high-end features such as a 3-megapixel camera, 2.2-inch display and complete iTunes/iPod integration. As well, the phone will not be limited to 100 songs as current iTunes phones are.

Earlier this week we posted an artist rendition of one of Apple's phone prototypes.
 

UberMac

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A shame about scrapping the idea of a ground up design - I hope that doesn't lead to a lack of innovation. That's what really leads Apple along! Although if they just make a killer phone (I'm sure they will at some point...) it's bound to sell buckets loads!

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vouder17

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I don't really see this happening, if apple is going to take the risk of entering this competitive market, I see them doing it with a very innovative 'new' product.
 

vouder17

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notmenotyou said:
3MP iPod camera phone?!?!? i'll be the first one in line to have it:p
there are a number of phones out in Europe already that have 3MP cameras, Nokia N73 and the sony ericsson w800i to name a few.

Edit: its the Sony ericsson K800, not the w800
 

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vouder17 said:
there are a number of phones out in Europe already that have 3MP cameras, Nokia N73 and the sony ericsson w800i to name a few.
Well the w800i has a 2MP Camera, the K800 does have a 3MP camera though. All the same - lot's of half decent camera phones over here! :D

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bowzer

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It'd be sweet if the phone had an iSight, you could dock it on your computer and video chat with ppl in ichat. (Well, great for people like me who have a g4, and no isight already)
 

vouder17

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UberMac said:
Well the w800i has a 2MP Camera, the K800 does have a 3MP camera though. All the same - lot's of half decent camera phones over here! :D

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Sorry, thanks for pointing it out:eek:
 

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vouder17 said:
there are a number of phones out in Europe already that have 3MP cameras, Nokia N73 and the sony ericsson w800i to name a few.

Edit: its the Sony ericsson K800, not the w800
why is the US so far behind Europe with this kind of technology?


(edit: maybe it isn't i haven't shopped for a phone in nearly a year)
 

dashiel

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UberMac said:
A shame about scrapping the idea of a ground up design - I hope that doesn't lead to a lack of innovation. That's what really leads Apple along! Although if they just make a killer phone (I'm sure they will at some point...) it's bound to sell buckets loads!

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the ipod wasn't a ground up design either.

portal player had the software, pixo designed the UI, toshiba had the new 1.8" hard drives and tony fadell who came up with the whole idea was an outside vendor who pitched the ipod to real networds first (who turned them down, genius).

now admittedly, it was apple, jobs and ives' that took a good idea and refined it to being the great product introduced in '03, but the ipod was an interesting break from apple's NIH syndrome. so much so that i question the TS report about apple going for a ground up design.
 

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camomac said:
why is the US so far behind Europe with this kind of technology?


(edit: maybe it isn't i haven't shopped for a phone in nearly a year)
Because US cell phone carriers suck. :/
 

Thanatoast

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Glad to hear that they're considering making 2 or 3 different phones. That way I can get my smartphone while others can get their regular phones.
 

Koodauw

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UberMac said:
A shame about scrapping the idea of a ground up design - I hope that doesn't lead to a lack of innovation. That's what really leads Apple along! Although if they just make a killer phone (I'm sure they will at some point...) it's bound to sell buckets loads!

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It just said it was going with off the shelf parts, so hopefully the design can boast innovation.
 

BornAgainMac

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I thought 10 Mega Pixels were possible with some tech that is suppose to arrive at the end of this year for phones.

I wonder if the new phone was like the original iPod Shuffle. You wear it around your neck. That would be funny. I would like the Star Trek Next Generation phone where you tap it on your chest to call people and it automatically goes into speaker phone. That was sort of like the shuffle concept with simple controls and no screen. Even works with iTunes.
 

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If, for example, someone is using Verizon Wireless, would the Apple Phone work for them? In other words, how "universal" would this phone truly be? Would it be able to compete in international markets?

(edited: clarification)
 

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BornAgainMac said:
I thought 10 Mega Pixels were possible with some tech that is suppose to arrive at the end of this year for phones.

I wonder if the new phone was like the original iPod Shuffle. You wear it around your neck. That would be funny. I would like the Star Trek Next Generation phone were you tap it on your chest to call people and it automatically goes into speaker phone. That was sort of like the shuffle concept with simple controls and no screen. Even works with iTunes.
Hmmm that is an intresting thought. I saw a demo, over a year ago, of a wireles VoIP phone at Dartmouth University that did just that. They wear them around their neck or use a clip, but it was voice activated, and they actually called them their "Star Trek badges".

http://www.vocera.com/
 

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camomac said:
why is the US so far behind Europe with this kind of technology?


(edit: maybe it isn't i haven't shopped for a phone in nearly a year)
It is. I believe this is because of the pricing. Europe is much cheaper when it comes to price-per-minute. My guess is the american companies tried to get as much money for as little functionality as possible from the get go (a simple American business tactic) and they are now catching up. There is more demand now so companies have no choice but to innovate and are unfortunately behind Europe. This is all just my guess.
 

whenpaulsparks

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as a proud owner of a SLVR L7, which i love to DEATH (greatest phone ever), i probably won't be buying one in 2007. maybe 2008? depends on what service it's on. if it's on cingular like the L7, then i'll get one without thinking twice.