Saturday, January 6, 2007

10 people whose reputations rest on the release of an Apple Cell Phone

They all claim to have inside information on the 'iPhone' but their reports conflict.
We'll soon know who's credible and who's full of it. Or if Apple doesn't release a phone they're all wrong.

1. Kevin Rose.
Probably the best known and most credible of all, Kevin Rose claims to have inside info on the Apple phone from a “solid” source, Kevin made the following statements:

- January launch date on all carriers
- Extremely small form factor
- Two batteries
- Two Models: 4GB for $249, 8GB for $449
- Slide-out keyboard.
- Possibly touchscreen

*Kevin accurately predicted the launch of the iPod nano in 2005.

2. Rebecca F Runkle
An analyst for Morgan Stanley, Rebbecca F Runkle claims she has “high convictions” that the apple phone will launch in the first half of 2007. She also claims inside sources have given her the following information:

- Two Models: 4Gb for $599, 8GB for $649
- Wider than the iPod nano, yet thinner than the iPod Video
- Made of Metal
- Muliple Colors, but at least black, white, silver
- Claims Cingular is likely US carrier.
- Virtual Clickwheel
- Full screen LCD (3.5 inch)

3. Jesse Tortora
Prudential's Jesse Tortora claimed on December 5th that apple started producing one of their new Apple cell phones and claimed it would be available for sale late in the 1st Quarter of 2007. He also claimed the smartphone version would not be available until the 3rd quarter of 2007.
note: he also claims apple is working on a widescreen iPod to be released the 1st or 2d quarter of 2007.

4. Leo Laporte
The host of 'This Week in Tech' has been quoted as saying that there was “Absolutely No Doubt” that we would see an Apple cell phone this year at Macworld.

5. Kaan Yigit
President of Solutions Research Group, Kaan Yigit, has been quoted as saying "We will definitely see an Apple wireless phone product introduced this year."

6. Shaw Wu
Shaw Wu of American Technology Research claims, “The design will be an iPod nano-like candy bar form factor and come in three colors (we are not certain of the exact colors but we suspect black, white and platinum, similar to Apple's current color scheme of iPods and Macs).”

7. Cody Acree
"We became very confident that Skyworks has earned the front-end module for the new iPhone," says Cody Acree , managing director at Stifel Nicolaus

8. Edward Snyder
A principal analyst at Charter Equity Research, Snyder also claims Skyworks is involved with the Apple cell phone.

9 Commercial Times
The Commercial Times reported that Taiwan's Hon Hai received a 12 million unit contract with Apple to produce the Apple cell phone.

10. Think Secret
Think secret has long been claiming that Apple will release a cell phone in early 2007. They claim the phone will have the following specs:

- 3-megapixel Camera.
- 2.2 inch display
- Complete iTunes/iPod integration.
- Strictly GSM/EDGE
- Apple asking carriers to not subsidize the price of the phone