For many months now, rumors have been circulating that Apple, Inc. is going to release a combination iPod and mobile phone, generally referred to as the iPhone.
Instead, much to virtually everyone’s surprise, Linksys has introduced a line of devices it is calling the iPhone. These don’t have anything to do with iPod music players, and they aren’t mobile phones. What the iPhone line turns out to be are devices that use short-range wireless standards to make VoIP calls.
So What About Apple?
This announcement from Linksys doesn’t mean that Apple isn’t going to release an iPod/phone combo. It just seems it’s going to need another name.
And it should be made clear that Apple has never said this device would be called the iPhone… or that it has any plans to make any such a thing.
Still, there has been some very compelling evidence about Apple’s phone plans. Recently, a report ran in the Taiwan press that Hon Hai Precision Industry Co Ltd. is producing for Apple a 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.