Apple to announce iPhone in January?

19 09 2006

Oh iPhone, will you ever find your way into my pocket? I know I trash-talked your daddy Apple, but that doesn’t mean I don’t want to have a mythical iPod/cell-phone hybrid in my pocket ASAP. Well, according to Think Secret, the iPhone is slated to be announced this coming January at the MacWorld Expo. While there have been rumors of the iPhone for ages now, the new report claims that due to all sorts of technological setbacks, Apple has had to scale back its ambitious plans to redesign the mobile phone from the ground up and will instead use several “off-the-shelf” parts to create the first of a series of two or three new Apple-branded phone models. Rumor has it the soon-to-be-squealed-over phone will have a 2.2-inch screen and a 3-megapixel camera. Of course, there will be full iTunes integration, and the number of songs will be determined by the capacity of the hard drive rather than by the arbitrary whim of the carrier (a factor that helped hamstring the Motorola ROKR, the first iTunes phone). This seems like a reasonable time frame and a realistic expectation for Apple’s first foray into telephony, but the question of who will be the carrier for the coveted device is still anyone’s guess. You know we’ll keep you updated as more (and more reliable) info is made available.

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