Speculation is running rampant that Apple, Inc. will introduce a a combination phone and iPod in the near future.
Despite all the buzz, Palm, Inc.’s CEO Ed Colligan isn’t worried about the iPhone because he doesn’t believe any company without extensive experience in developing mobile phones will be able to make a successful one on its first try.
When he was asked about this device last week, Colligan said, "We’ve learned and struggled for a few years here figuring out how to make a decent phone. PC guys are not going to just figure this out. They’re not going to just walk in."
He was asked this because his company makes the Treo line of smartphones, which will be one of the top competitors to the iPhone, if and when it is released.
iPhone? What’s an iPhone?
Rumors that Apple, Inc. is going to release a handheld or smartphone have persisted for years, and probably started back in the 1990s, not that long after this company axed its first PDA, the Newton.
Nevertheless, quite a bit of actual evidence has emerged recently that a smartphone/iPod combo is in development.
Most recently, a report ran in the Taiwan press that Hon Hai Precision Industry Co Ltd. is producing for Apple n phone that also has the same multimedia functionality as an iPod. Reportedly, Apple has ordered 12 million of these for delivery some time before the middle of next year.
Of course, virtually every smartphone on the market is capable of storing and playing music. What is supposed to make the iPhone different will be its full support for the iTunes music service. Plus, unlike the Motorola ROKR (a device with limited support for iTunes), the number of songs that can be stored on Apple’s own phone will reportedly be limited only by its storage capacity.
Rumors indicate this model will have other features like a 3.0-megapixel camera and a 2.2-inch display.
One of the most important questions still unanswered is whether the iPhone will be a smartphone, or just a "dumb" phone with multimedia capabilities added on.