Apple and Motorola could soon unveil a mobile phone with iTunes support.
An Apple executive has told Forbes that his company will release this device sometime in the first half of next year, but declined to give many details.
It is known that this phone won’t connect directly to Apple’s iTunes music store. Instead, users will transfer songs from their Mac or PC onto the phone.
In addition, it won’t have anything close to the Storage capacity of an Apple iPod. Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO, has spoken in terms of a dozen songs, not the thousands than can go on an iPod.
Forbes speculates that the announcement could come as early as the MacWorld Expo in mid January.
What the Rumors Say
Earlier this month, TreoMac published a conversation between Tony Ricciardi, the site’s administrator, and an unnamed Motorola employee.
Reportedly, an Apple-branded phone is being circulated around this person’s Motorola office. This supposedly uses some Motorola components but carries the Apple logo.
This person did not see the Apple phone himself, but did have a few details. It is described as being “sleek and sexy,” which is to be expected from something bearing the Apple logo.
This prototype has some kind of memory card slot on top, and a USB 2.0 port on the bottom.
The Motorola employee mentioned the iTunes support, plus this phone supposedly also has the ability to display images from iPhoto, Apple’s image service.
A feature that was notably absent from this description is any mention of iSync, which works with the Mac OS X Address Book and iCal to synchronize contacts and calendars between Bluetooth-enabled mobile phones.
There was also no mention of whether the device can run any kind of third-party applications.
Thanks to Jonas Ludvigsson for the tip.