The Apple Core: LG KE850, a preview of iPhone?

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Date: Monday, December 18th, 2006, 08:00
Category: The Apple Core

LG-KE850.jpgLG-KE850 touchscreen mobile phoneThere is some speculation, fueled by a story about the phone at Hungarian site Mobil Portal, that the LG KE850 (pictured) could be the iPhone.
From the few details available the KE850 appears to be based on a 240×400 touchscreen interface, with Send, End and Confirm being the only real buttons. Some also think that the KE850′s shape and color share lineage with LG’s Chocolate line of mobile phones (LG-SV590/KV5900/LP5900), so it could be one of those too.
It could even come out today…
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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The Apple Core: iPhone could be a diversion

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Date: Monday, December 11th, 2006, 09:18
Category: The Apple Core

There have been reports around the Web that Apple’s much-rumored iPhone has been delayed and/or that it’ll be a flop. Then it occurred to me – could iPhone be a diversion?
What if there’s something else that Apple wants to feature at Macworld Expo, like a full-screen video iPod or even a the already mentioned iTV? You barely hear about these two items that much any more in the build up to The Big Dance next month in San Francisco.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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The Apple Core: Patent application revelations II

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Date: Wednesday, December 6th, 2006, 11:52
Category: The Apple Core

iphone-patent-4.pngIn yesterday’s installment I covered some of the revelations found in Apple’s United States Patent Application #20060268528 for a “handheld computing device includes an enclosure having structural walls formed from a ceramic material that is radio-transparent.”
Some of the more interesting parts of Apple’s patent application discuss a seamless one-piece iPod enclosure constructed from radio transparent ceramics and internal rails that serve as a guide for positioning and supporting the internal components.
Today I’ll discuss some of the other interesting aspects of United States Patent Application #20060268528 as they are likely to be a prelude of things to come from Apple.
Dive into the world of multiple input devices, dedicated power and new battery technology on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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iPhone ‘an almost definite certainty’, allegedly

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Date: Tuesday, December 5th, 2006, 10:00
Category: iPhone

iphone-slider-250.jpgThe iPhone rumour mill has been cranked up to eleven by Digg.com founder Kevin Rose claiming that the new iPhone will be ‘small as sh*t’. Which, as any qualified scatologist knows, is very, very, very, very small. Possibly.
Rose also claimed that users should be able to use it on any GSM network, and that it almost certainly has a slide-out keyboard.
He also claimed that it will have two batteries: one for the music-playback, the other for the phone. This pretty much confirms that his story isn’t bogus because, as we all know, two small batteries are (nearly always) a LOT better than one big battery. Maybe.
He also thinks two iPhones will ship: a 4GB and an 8GB model, costing $249 and $449 respectively. This has the ring of truth. The iPhone will need memory, and (in the United States at least) be priced in dollars.
What Kevin Rose didn’t say (probably because he didn’t have time, or maybe just forgot) is that the new iPhone will nearly certainly feature WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, a full suite of contact management utilities that synchronise effortlessly with Macs and PCs, a 5 megapixel digital camera (with optical zoom), voice recognition, a full range of flash-memory slots, a built-in high-resolution projector, and a virtual projector keyboard.
He also omitted to confirm that the iPhone would weigh less than 10 grammes, be a mere 3mm thick, and that the built-in screen would allow the viewing of hi-def video at full resolution.
He was probably wanting to leave Steve Jobs with a few ‘just one more thing’ announcements. Possibly.
Contributed by: Brett Jordan

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The Apple Core: Patent application reveals much about iPod/iPhone

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Date: Tuesday, December 5th, 2006, 09:25
Category: The Apple Core

Yesterday I posted a note about Apple’s United States Patent Application #20060268528 for a “handheld computing device includes an enclosure having structural walls formed from a ceramic material that is radio-transparent.”
The details of the patent (USPTO, text, PDF) are extremely revealing about where Apple is headed with the future of iPod and iPhone – if you read between the lines a little bit. Keep in mind that Apple (and most tech companies) keep their patent applications intentionally vague.
Dive into the world of seamless enclosures, extruded tubes, internal rails and radio transparent ceramics on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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The Apple Core: iPhone patent revealed

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Date: Monday, December 4th, 2006, 10:19
Category: The Apple Core

iphone-patent-pic.pngOn November 30, 2006 Apple filed what appears to be a patent for the iPhone, a mobile phone/iPod hybrid that has been rumored to be in development for over three years. In United States Patent Application #20060268528 Apple refers to the device as:

A handheld computing device is disclosed. The handheld computing device includes an enclosure having structural walls formed from a ceramic material that is radio-transparent.

It’s pretty interesting that Apple is building the iPhone enclosure from ceramic material (which they call Zirconia in the patent) for “radio transparency.” The change from aluminum and/or plastic (like the iPod) may allow Apple to make the iPhone’s antenna internal, much like PalmOne did with the newish Treo 680.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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Apple Shares Close at New High of $88.60

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Date: Monday, November 27th, 2006, 08:38
Category: Uncategorized

Shares of Apple Computer, Inc. closed at an all time high last Tuesday, rising $2.13 or two percent to close at $88.60 per share.
Investors seemed responsive to recent analyst predictions that 14 million iPods will be sold within the current fiscal quarter. Speculation has also risen about an upcoming Apple cell phone, nicknamed the “iPhone”, which could be on the horizon.
Shaw Wu of American Technology research commented that while the “iPhone” is a favorite topic of analysts, bloggers and Apple fans alike, it would still be in the development phase. A clear release, or even an announcement date, would be impossible to predict, according to analytical firm MarketWatch.
Apple’s current stock price stands at $92.75 in Monday pre-market trading according to Yahoo Finance and can be easily tracked via Stimpsoft’s free AAPL Stock Dock program.

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The Apple Core: What iPhone has going for it

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Date: Friday, November 17th, 2006, 09:44
Category: The Apple Core

iphone_037.jpgYesterday I took a shot at the iPhone for being long on compromises and short on utility and your comments were tremendous. Today I want to take a look at some of the positive aspects and potential of the iPhone.
No carrier baggage
One of the single best potential features of the iPhone is that won’t be tied to a specific mobile phone carrier. One of the commenters yesterday said it best:

Even the best and most popular phones on the US market are always a political compromise between makers and carriers. Everyone pulls in their direction; carriers want features that will squeeze more money (sending pictures and videos; text messaging, etc); makers want more and more features, so that they can charge more. Ordinary users are ignored.

Locked phones are heavily subsidized by the carrier so that they can be sold for almost nothing – with a two year contract and significant early termination fee. The best part of a carrier-free (also called “unlocked”) mobile phone is that Apple doesn’t have to cripple its features because the greedy carriers want to charge for every picture, text and ring tone.
A perfect example of this is how Verizon Wireless forces handset manufacturers to disable all but the Bluetooth headset profile. Another example of carrier compromise is the Motorola ROKR’s artificial 100 song limitation and inability to purchase and download tracks from iTunes Over The Air (OTA). Hopefully Apple’s carrier divorce will mean that the iPhone has features that users want, like BT syncing.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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The Apple Core: I don’t want an iPhone

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Date: Thursday, November 16th, 2006, 12:05
Category: The Apple Core

iphone-concept.jpgUnless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve been inundated with speculation and rumor about Apple’s iPhone. Am I the only one that doesn’t want one?
AppleInsider reports that Foxconn Electronics (a.k.a. Hon Hai Precision Industry Co Ltd.) has received an order from Apple for 12M iPhone handsets, that it will ship unlocked, equipped with a 2MP camera and even that iPhone could add 22% to Apple’s earnings for 2007.
My problem is that I don’t really want an iPod/phone hybrid because I’m more of a smartphone guy myself.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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The Apple Core: What Apple can learn from ESPN Mobile

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Date: Wednesday, October 18th, 2006, 08:00
Category: The Apple Core

It’s no secret that Apple is considering jumping into the mobile phone business (at least by their trademark filings, anyway) but before doing so, I hope that the company is paying attention to the recent death of ESPN Mobile.
According to a notice posted on the company’s Web site, Mobile ESPN will cease providing wireless service as of the end of 2006. The company is changing direction and will adopt a licensing model to “deliver our content experience through another nationwide carrier.”
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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