Apple's Next Generation Device?

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    The International Herald Tribune reports on upcoming computer-cellphone hybrids that offer more functionality than traditional cell phones.

    The article discusses what Apple may finally release on Tuesday at Macworld San Francisco. They reference unspecified "industry executives and competitors" and makes some interesting claims about Apple's rumored phone:

    Certainly, many have hoped that Apple would enter the "smart" phone marketplace, perhaps finally reentering the PDA market after the demise of the Newton in 1998.

    Without specific sources cited, however, this may simply be a rehash of existing Apple Phone rumors.

    Macworld Expo kicks off on Tuesday, Jan 9th at 9am Pacific and MacRumors will provide live coverage.
  2. Ryan5505 macrumors regular

    Apr 12, 2006
  3. lvnmacs macrumors newbie


    Aug 23, 2005
  4. BlueRevolution macrumors 603


    Jul 26, 2004
    Montreal, QC
    I'm guessing this is just speculation, but it does sound promising.
  5. LastZion macrumors 6502a

    Apr 13, 2006
    I feel like this is the 14th time I've posted this on different threads... but man I hope this happens on Tuesday. I am ready with CC in hand.
  6. theROZ macrumors member

    Jun 24, 2004
    MS keynote

    just finished watching the most boring MS keynote ever...they presented not one new idea or fresh approach....i certainly hope that if apple does release an iphone it blows ms into the toilet....
  7. EricNau Moderator emeritus


    Apr 27, 2005
    San Francisco, CA
    While I am keeping my fingers crossed, I have my doubts.

    I guess we'll find out on Tuesday.
  8. chuckles:) macrumors 6502

    May 3, 2006
    what if apple isn't planning a phone, and all the hype is just speculation turned rumor?
  9. know-it-all5 macrumors 6502

    Jun 28, 2006
    i would laugh for 24 hours straight!
  10. motulist macrumors 601


    Dec 2, 2003
    Settle down people! Settle...

    Remember the iPod speaker media event debacle. Obviously bigger things will happen at a Macworld expo, but try not to get your expectations so high that no real product could possibly meet. No doubt some super cool things are about to come out, but let's try and keep at least 1 foot on the ground at all times.

    Aww heck, forget all that, just go nuts!

  11. Lunja macrumors 6502


    May 15, 2005
    Lincoln UK
    It's interface will have to be as good as Nokia's Symbian system to sway me...

    Are we thinking about this the wrong way though? Why would Apple try to compete with Motorola in making a normal phone? Would it not be better off heading into the BlackBerry market? That would offer incredible integration possibilities...
  12. rt_brained macrumors 6502a

    Jan 13, 2002
    Might just hang at local Apple Store and view Keynote feedback from MacRumors just in case rumored iPhone is available.
  13. Peace macrumors P6


    Apr 1, 2005
    Space--The ONLY Frontier
    Whatever the darn thing is other discussions imply they come in pink and other colors.
  14. tvguru macrumors 6502

    Apr 29, 2005
    Kenora, ON Canada
    I hope this is true. I'm thinking about buying a Blackberry when I return home in just over a week. Come on Apple throw a wrench into my plans.
  15. slffl macrumors 65816


    Mar 5, 2003
    Seattle, WA
    People say they want this and that feature in the iPhone (ie slide out keyboard, wi-fi, 'smartphone', etc). I don't think Apple is going after the business market, just like with their computers and software. If/when they do come out with an iPhone, it will have new features that cater to the regular house hold consumer who likes music, photos, movies, IM, web (kind of like the sidekick). But it's not going to be a business executives dream (nor do I want it to be).
  16. Texas04 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 2, 2005
    Computer plus cell phone. I hope all carriers can use it.. I also am hoping that it is WiFi enabled for easy iChat usage... man.. mano man.. i am exited.. I cant decide weather to boycott the internet on Tuesday and wait till Wednesday to watch the keynote or just look at it on MacRumors Live...
  17. Digital Skunk macrumors 604

    Digital Skunk

    Dec 23, 2006
    In my imagination
    If it Happens... It Better be Good!

    I just don't want Apple to put out a crap device that is a regular phone. It has to be what this rumor is talking about. A smartphone that is the best media device on the market... next to the motorola stuff.

    I am waiting for that. Not a candybar shaped junk device that does nothing out of the ordinary. I would love it (and Apple has the power :D ) if I could replace my Palm TX and crap Sprint LG phone with a device that is an Apple smartphone with OS X light. :D If it doesn't use Sprint's system I will switch!

    Meh... why keep dreaming. If it happens it happens but if it happens it better be good.

    p.s. ["God is the one who chooses our rulers" - Katherine Harris, 08/24/06] No He does not!
  18. mkjellman macrumors regular

    Oct 14, 2003
    the biggest thing is...with Windows Mobile 5 and my Treo 700w I have come to live by Active Sync.....I'm a diehard apple user but i use products that let my exchange server connect with my mac..and everything originates from the palm most of the time...

    if apple doesn't have active sync connectivity or blackberry connect, it will be a flop if they want to enter the smartphone/pda market
  19. Lunja macrumors 6502


    May 15, 2005
    Lincoln UK
    I'm not bothered about music, movies or IM on a phone. I'd much rather they teamed up with Canon to make a phone with a decent camera :p
  20. dashiel macrumors 6502a

    Nov 12, 2003
    is anyone else surprised at the complete lack of any "real" leaks? in the past we've had some pretty accurate leaks, along with a ton of crap, but at least a few things have come through. the shuffle for one, the first flat screen imac, the nano. still a little more than 36 hours, but it is interesting.
  21. applekid macrumors 68020

    Jul 3, 2003
    iPhone... psh.

    Just give me a PDA or Mac Tablet, Apple.

    I don't know, despite all of this hype and rumoring about an iPhone, I don't think we'll see it.

    Of course, I had the same feeling about Intel chips... The rumors weren't quite hitting me and making me feel all excited inside and couldn't believe Apple would make such a move.
  22. WildPalms macrumors 6502a


    Jan 4, 2006
    Honolulu, HI
    iLube - apple scented gel, gentle enough for daily use ;)
  23. Stridder44 macrumors 68040


    Mar 24, 2003
    Ok maybe I'm not thinking outside of the box enough, but "smartphone"? A computer-cellphone hybrid? Rather you mean a PDA?? They're speaking of "next-gen" cellphones but it sounds like an ordinary PDA to me. I don't understand what could be so revolutionary that isn't already out (as far as the phone market is concerned). I do believe that if Apple did bring something to the table they could definitely market it better than anyone else has done, but still....

    Or maybe Apple intends to finally kill the gap between PDA's, Phones, and MP3 players and reveal a magical all-in-one device (that actually works).
  24. SiliconAddict macrumors 603


    Jun 19, 2003
    Chicago, IL
    We already have smarts in the market. What I would like from Apple is pretty as well, at least from a GUI standpoint. Brains and looks. Bring it Apple.

    I doubt it will be a PDA. The day Apple rereleases a PDA is the day the MN Vikings win the Super Bowl. (Translation: The apocalypse will occur.)
  25. sartinsauce macrumors regular

    Feb 1, 2006
    Los Angeles
    Bothered, no. I'm resigning this MWSF to be a ho-hum keynote. Like many have said, I think the most exciting thing we'll see it more Leopard previews and features. Probably we'll see the iTV again. Shipping dates announced for both, taking orders now. I don't expect any new devices. It'll be interesting to see what (if anything) the mainstream media does if an ApplePhone isn't released. There's so much media presence at the keynote's these days, I'm curious to see a response to a boring keynote.

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