Apple's iPhone Not Likely Soon?

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    ThinkSecret reports that Apple's cell phone project has been placed on hold due to "significant technical hurdles" in developing the product.

    According to the rumor site, Apple had wanted to develop the cell phone "from the ground up" rather than improving on existing designs. The process, however, was met with technical problems in interfacing the various cell components.

    ThinkSecret predicts that the Apple cell phone will not likely come until at least 2007, if not later. This is in the face of numerous predictions by analysts that an Apple iPhone is expected in the next 12 months.
  2. EricNau Moderator emeritus


    Apr 27, 2005
    San Francisco, CA
    I'm not surprised. I never really expected one that soon (if at all).
  3. Leoff macrumors regular

    Jun 8, 2004
    I'd rather have them late to the party and have it done up right than throw some crap out there in a hurry.
  4. Ayre macrumors member

    Jun 7, 2003
    Good riddance. The iPhone concept was horrible to begin with.
  5. bluebomberman macrumors 6502a


    Jan 9, 2005
    Queens, NYC
    Yeah. No more ROKRs, please.

    The first Apple phone needs to blow everybody else away.
  6. hyperpasta macrumors 6502a


    Aug 1, 2005
    New Jersey
    I think Apple will probably NOT introduce an iPhone... but I don't really trust ThinkSecret either way...
  7. Atlasland macrumors 6502

    Aug 20, 2005
    London, UK
    Let them take their time, so that they can produce a great product.
  8. wkhahn macrumors member


    Dec 5, 2005
    standing over your shoulder
    guess I'll be keeping my ROKR for a while yet.
  9. supermacdesign macrumors member

    Feb 1, 2006

    I just don't see any reason Apple needs to produce a phone. How does this sell more iMacs or Computers. Can anyone think of a reason?
  10. SaddY macrumors member

    Feb 28, 2006

    having that said.. I didn't expect a Apple Phone any time soon...
    I do however hope to see a Blackberry killer announced for the pro market by apple as I posted before.. RIM is in trouble.. (even though they settled), Palm is taking advantage right now.. and Apple could jump in..

    Besides all that I could buy the motivation of this story but let's not forget that none of the things ThinkSecret predicted past year have come true.. Almost like Apple is pulling the strings upthere.. or maybe it's just stock manipulation..
  11. Peyton macrumors 68000


    Feb 2, 2006
    Well, I guess I'll get a razr... and wait it out.
  12. Peyton macrumors 68000


    Feb 2, 2006

    Actually I don't know either. I think anything that makes money and that gets Apple's name out there and familiar (as a strong brand even among PC users) may make it even easier for switchers.

    There are so many people I know that will never used an Apple because of how they 'were'. (Always incompatable, always shutting down, pre OSX) that's THEIR opinion by the way so don't burn me.

    I think the iPod has brought on switchers, why not a phone?
  13. p0intblank macrumors 68030

    Sep 20, 2005
    New Jersey
    Eh, not a big deal... if they need to take their time, then that is what they'll do. The whole iPhone concept never had me that excited from the start anyway.
  14. JZ Wire macrumors regular

    JZ Wire

    Dec 18, 2003
    Miami, FL
    Hmm, too bad because I would love to see a cell phone from Apple but its just a rumor right? Maybe hes dead wrong but if he is not id like for Apple to take all the time they need to make that phone perfect. :)
  15. fabsgwu macrumors regular

    May 6, 2003
    Washington, DC
    Buy, Buy, Buy!

    Apple should just buy some Korean phone maker and be done with it. Hire some bi-lingual engineers and have a phone within 6 months. Easy ;)
  16. waveman216 macrumors newbie

    Mar 8, 2006
    Who cares?

    Cell phones have been around for a while now and unless Apple can figure out some "revolutionary" new way for us to use the PHONE, not play music on it cause I doubt most people want to do that, than honestly, who gives a crap?
  17. sinisterdesign macrumors 6502


    Dec 10, 2003
    meh, i would love to see apple do something really innovative (b/c i haven't seen anything innovative in the mobile market in a while), but i honestly won't be broken if they never get into that market. it's a crowded, crazy market.
  18. EGT macrumors 68000


    Sep 4, 2003
    As much as I'd love to see an Apple produced phone, I think they should concentrate on the Mac and OS X for now.

    Maybe next year.
  19. shigzeo macrumors 6502a


    Dec 14, 2005
    not a user

    well, it is an interesting idea, but i cannot really even figure why i would use one. im not a user here in north america at least so... but it just seems that apple may be spreading themselves out a bit too much. id rather a much better macbook or powermac or something than a decent phone and a decent computer. now, if dell made phones, then apple needs to do it too! ;)
  20. Billy_ca macrumors member

    Aug 27, 2002
    Don't they already have an iTunes Phone? I see ads for them on the subway.

    How is this not already an "iPhone"?
  21. sam10685 macrumors 68000


    Feb 2, 2006
    Portland, OR
    i'm sure Apple will figure out a way. ;)
  22. sam10685 macrumors 68000


    Feb 2, 2006
    Portland, OR
    Motorola makes it.
  23. cafc:mac macrumors newbie

    Aug 20, 2004
    Digital Hub strategy

    For people who don't see how an Apple phone connects to the Mac strategy, what if the phone was a mobile phone that could do all of the things 'regular' mobiles do, but run iTunes (Music, video clips), sync with Mail (send/receive email?) and Address Book, control Front Row (remote) and, most innovative of all, connect with iChat to provide VOIP services.
  24. Krevnik macrumors 68030


    Sep 8, 2003
    There doesn't need to be a link between an iPhone and selling computers. The iPod did not start out as something to sell Macs with (considering it was Mac only)... and an iPhone could be the same thing. It could be that Apple sees what other companies see that the phone is potentially where your PDA/etc converge in the future. PDAs replaced by smaller devices in a phone-ish form factor, designed to let you access your PC's data remotely via cellular networks. I actually agree that this is a possible direction for the market to take, and if Apple has been waiting for a chance to get back into the mobile market after the Newton, this would be THE chance to make the same sort of splash that the iPod did.
  25. interlard macrumors member

    Jun 30, 2004
    Not iPhone, wireless iPod!

    The iPhone is indeed a horrible idea. I'm convinced that Apple's intention was to make the iPod wireless. Voice capability is just a simple add-on.

    And yes, the way cellphones work here on Earth, it's WAY too hard to pop out a new product in a short time. The service providers have a strangle-hold on the entire market.

    If the service providers just made the infrastructure (and competed to provide the easiest in-roads to separate phone providers), the whole thing would move much more quickly.

    Perhaps Apple can shake things up, like they did with iTunes.

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