Morgan Stanley Analyst Cites iPhone Prices at $599 and $649

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Date: Thursday, December 14th, 2006, 08:16
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With full respect to the fact that the iPhone rumor mill has been working overtime lately, an article over on MacRumors.com cites Morgan Stanley analyst Rebecca F. Runkle as having “high conviction” that Apple’s long-waited “iPhone” will be launched in the first half of 2007.
Runkle also cited unnamed sources as to the following specifications for the device:
- $599 for 4 gigabyte capacity
- $649 for 8 gigabyte capacity
- 3.5 inch LCD screen
- Wider than the iPod nano
- Thinner than the iPod Video
- Made of Metal
- Multiple colors, but at least including black, white, and silver
- Cingular Wireless is likely carrier in the U.S.
Previous rumored prices initially cited $249 for the 4 gigabyte model and $449 for the 8 gigabte model. No details have emerged as to whether the higher prices include a service plan or whether the prices will drop down to these levels after a service plan has been purchased.
As the days pass by the rumors grow. Please let us know if you’ve heard anything or have any ideas, suggestions or comments regarding this.

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Latest Leopard Build Introduces “Answering Machine” Feature

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Date: Thursday, December 14th, 2006, 07:47
Category: Rumor

According to an article on MacRumors.com, the latest build of Apple’s upcoming Mac OS X 10.5 (“Leopard”) operating system (currently in development) sports a new feature in iChat that has yet to be described by the company.
The new feature uses preference tabs that allow the user to record a video greeting that serves as an answering machine message when users are away from their computer. The caller can then leave a message in return, a la a standard answering machine.
To date, the new feature only appears partially implemented according to the article.
It’s been suggested that the new feature may tie into a possible “iPhone” device as a “call ahead” tool. Either way, the idea seems cool and makes the iSight cameras (both built-in and external) that much more practical.
Please let us know if you have any ideas, suggestions or comments regarding this.

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Apple May Serve As Its Own Wireless Carrier

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Date: Thursday, December 14th, 2006, 07:19
Category: Rumor

An article on Bloomberg.com quotes UBS AG analyst Benjamin Reitzes as stating that Apple Computer may have to serve as its own wireless carrier as well as rely on its own network of retail stores to sell service contracts on a widely-anticipated call phone device (the “iPhone”) expected for release at Macworld Expo next month.
Reitzes also commented that in order for Apple to operate as a mobile virtual network operator, or MVNO, the company may partner with Cingular Wireless, a move that would make sense since rumored details of the product don’t tie it down to any single major provider.
The iPhone is expected to be a combination music player and cell phone while rumors of the device state that it will offer additional features such as individual battery cores for the music player and phone components and PDA-like features.
It’s a case of wait-and-see for the next month, but to see Apple function as its own wireless provider (and perhaps offering something new that your current provider doesn’t) seems interesting.
If you have any opinions, ideas or suggestions about this from your end, please let us know.

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MacBook “Thin” Rumors/Specs Surface

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Date: Wednesday, December 13th, 2006, 07:58
Category: Rumor

Macosrumors.com has recently published an article to add to the fevered pre-Macworld rumor mill this time of year.
The article, which cites sources strong but anonymous sources in both Cupertino and southeast Asia, discusses a “MacBook Thin” portable model which may be en route for the new year.
Since the introduction of Apple’s Intel-based hardware and laptops, an ultra-thin 12″ laptop has been in demand, especially given the fact that the consumer-level MacBook features a 13″ monitor – something which had never been done in previous generations of entry-level/consumer models for Apple laptops.
According to the article, the key goals of the “Thin” project were to scale down the features of the MacBook Pro without compromising them for the smaller size of the unit. The new “MacBook Thin” is expected to be a variant of the MacBook Pro family yet contain many of the pro-grade ports such as Firewire 800, ExpressCard expansion slot and a higher-end ATI graphics card.
To date, the final shipping name of the “MacBook Thin” is unconfirmed, but the purported specs are as follows:
-12-inch widescreen display, 1280×800 resolution.
-2.16 or 2.33GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processors
-1GB of DDR2-667 memory standard. Max. capacity 3GB.
-Standard “Pro” ports: USB2, Firewire 400 & 800, Gigabit Ethernet, Digital/Analog Audio minijack I/O ports.
-ExpressCard expansion slot (believed to be /34 type)
-Similar storage to “Pro”: 2.5in SATA HDDs at 120GB & up, ‘Combo’ or ‘Super’ optical drive.
-ATI Radeon Mobility X1600 or nVIDIA GeForce GO 7600 graphics systems with 256MB of VRAM.
-Mini-DVI display connector with full second display capabilities
-Built-in iSight, stereo microphone, Airport Extreme and Bluetooth 2.0+EDR.
-Battery life is expected to be “best in class” at about 6.5 hours real-world, some reports have suggested up to 8 hours is possible.
As of now expectations for Macworld Expo run high and given that an iPhone and iTV products as well as a new preview version of Apple’s Mac OS X 10.5 “Leopard” operating system and several software updates are expected, the “MacBook Thin” will probably see a later release date.
Please let us know your comments, ideas and whether you’ve heard anything to this end.

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Rumors of Apple/TiVo Partnership Abound

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Date: Thursday, December 7th, 2006, 09:19
Category: Rumor

Apple and TiVo
With Macworld Expo San Francisco on the horizon, the rumors abound.
The latest one according to an article on techcrunch.com centers around the possibility of Steve Jobs announcing a partnership at the upcoming show.
Albeit rumors usually spawn around this time, there is some credibility to the notion of a partnership, especially with Apple’s iTV product in the works. An article over on PVRWire agrees with the idea of the partnership and/or licensing deal, but also cites that Apple and TiVo embody different goals as well as work styles.
The joint effort may be mutually beneficial in that TiVo still has a strong brand name in the PVR world, but faces the reality of declining sales and increased competition while Apple’s connections to online video and retail through the iTunes Store could help the firm. Despite this strength, Apple remains new, untested and unproven in the television markets.
If you have any ideas, suggestions or comments regarding this, let us know.

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iPhone Expected to Include Clickwheel

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Date: Thursday, December 7th, 2006, 06:35
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With the iPhone on the way, Apple is expected to include its standard clickwheel found in several of its iPods into the device according to a report by MYiPhone.com.
The article, which cites analyst Jesse Tortora, mentions the importance of music to the device and believes that the iPhone should be considered a music player complete with phone capabilities rather than the reverse.
The first iPhone is expected to feature a camera and two batteries (one powering the cell phone capabilities, the other the music player’s) but lack Wi-Fi, video functions, a standard QWERTY keyboard and a larger OLED display. Said features are expected to appear in a second generation – around the third or fourth quarters of 2007.
If you have any ideas or comments about this, let us know.

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Digg’s Kevin Rose Leaks Possible iPhone Details

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Date: Monday, December 4th, 2006, 07:23
Category: Rumor

Kevin Rose, founder of digg.com, leaked a slew of exciting details regarding the possibility of Apple’s upcoming cell phone, or “iPhone” in a recent digg.com vidcast, according to MacWorld UK.
Keeping in mind that this is still rumor and speculation despite the anticipation that greets a potential phone with Macworld Expo San Francisco on the horizon next month, there remain some cool new possibilities released about the device:
-The new device has been described to be as “small as s*it”.
-The new device is expected to run a “mini version of OS X.”
-The new device will ship in two memory capacities, a 4 GB and an 8 GB model expected to be priced at $249 and $449 respectively. The unit is expected to be based on Flash memory.
-The device is expected to support the major network standards and be without individual/provider network ties.
-The device is expected to support SIM card support as well as feature a cool slide-out keyboard and touch screen.
-Finally, the device is expected to support two batteries, one powering the phone functions while the other supports the music-playback/iPod elements. The two batteries will be powered by a single charger.
The full video clip can be seen here, albeit NOT SAFE FOR WORK due to casual swearing and Kevin Rose enjoying a beer as he lays out the rumor’s details:




The speculation of a long-awaited device continues, albeit I’d like to see what Apple could do with a tablet device come the new year.
If you have any comments or suggestions, please let us know.

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Apple Files Patent for Possible iPhone?

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Date: Friday, December 1st, 2006, 08:40
Category: Rumor

A recently filed patent by Apple Computer reported by Macworld has pointed to a possible mobile phone device, or long-awaited “iPhone”, that could serve as the next generation of the iPod as well as allow the company to branch off into new markets.
According to a report on Bloomberg.com, the patent describes a “tube-like” device containing zirconia and alumina that would be “cost effective, smaller, lighter, stronger and aesthetically more pleasing than current” designs.
The introduction of the patent is sensible, especially with Macworld Expo just around the corner in San Francisco in little more than a month. The iPhone would face considerable competition from new generations of cell phones capable of increased functionality as MP3 players as well as PDA-like devices.
Speculation for an “iPhone” device has been a favorite topic of many Mac users, many of them wishing to see Apple improve where current cell phone manufacturers fall short.
A short but popular concept video by award winning filmmaker Christopher DeSantis details what a potential iPhone, or “iTalk”, might be like in terms of form, function and appearance.




Odds are the actual Apple phone wouldn’t float.

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Apple Keynote Leaked?

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Date: Tuesday, September 12th, 2006, 09:53
Category: Rumor

From the boys over at TUAW:

Let’s just say I have been informed by a little reliable birdy about Tomorrow’s event. The line-up will follow this similar structure:

  • Welcoming of Media Members
  • Discussion on iTunes software, iTMS integration into iTunes, and iTMS sales and facts.
  • Announcement of iTunes version 7.0
  • Announces better search feature for Music Store
  • Announces Movie Store. Available Immediately will be movies from Disney and Pixar, among other studios.
  • New iPod Nano Announcement (nice brushed casing, while it will have same features as first gen, only a longer battery life)
  • New iPod Announcement (Widescreen, Bluetooth, and featuring virtual touchweel. Does not include Wi-Fi, or any other protocols)
  • One More Thing….TubePort. A $99 2-piece set that includes a dongle that connects via USB to your mac, and another dongle that connects via included HD cables or regular Component cables to your TV. The movie is accessed on your Mac via an iDisk-like storage component hosted by Apple.

The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW)

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MacBook nano in January?

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Date: Thursday, June 15th, 2006, 11:53
Category: Rumor

I’ve been calling for a MacBook nano for a while now and evidence is mounting that Apple is working on such a beast. Although there are many counter points to the argument (no optical drive?) an ultra-notebook/tablet could fill the hole left by the PowerBook 12-inch quite nicely.

AppleInsider is reporting that Apple is working on an Ultra Portable Mac based on flash memory:

Apple Computer could introduce an “ultra-portable PC” that employs NAND-based flash memory in time for the January Macworld trade show in San Francisco, one Wall Street analyst says. UBS Investment Research analyst Ben Reitzes said this week his proprietary checks indicate Apple is working on “ultra-portable PCs” and even notebooks equipped with NAND flash memory in order to speed up boot times.

“We believe these new products could start in notebook products with combo-drives (NAND and HDD) or ultra-portables (NAND only), and could be released in time for MacWorld,” Reitzes told clients.

AppleInsider | Apple seen delivering “ultra-portable” at Macworld

Now that Apple took my advice and killed the term PowerBook, what will the Ultra Portable Mac be called? I need names here people – NAMES!

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