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Exclusive -- The image seen below is believed to be an official mock or prototype image of a Motorola-based Apple compatible phone, and quite possibly the much anticipated iTunes phone expected for release some time in the next several days.



It's unclear if the image is an accurate representation of the iTunes phone as it will be released from Motorola, but reliable sources have been able to confirm the largely-unedited image as originating from Motorola company documents dated June, 2005.
post #2 of 67
I dunno, looks a little strange. It looks like it should be attached to an X-Box or something.
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An iTunes visualizer on a screen that small? Why would anyone even want to watch that? Unless it's just for the official product shots.

Ugly either way. Green on black; was there no other combination that the marketing department felt people might like...ya know...more than that? Hmm? Hmmm?
post #4 of 67
I don't buy it. A black phone to accompany software that was made famous by white iPod and white earbuds?
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post #5 of 67
Ummmm, okay. That is just plain nasty looking. What's with the clickwheel in the middle of the keypad? I guess it's okay if you don't have to use the three middle numbers to call someone.

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post #6 of 67
I'm sure the green color can be changed if that is the actual phone.. just as normal phones have the ability to change display colors.. (at least my Motorola does).

Also wasn't it reported elsewhere that it was going to be white like the original iPods? Not black? So maybe if this is the real phone its offered in several different colors like the mini? Eitherway the design seems cool and very original.. it needed something to set it apart from other "normal" phones.

But then again.. its probably someone playing a joke.. it really doesn't look like an Apple product, and from all things indicated, its just a simple Moto phone with iTunes software.
My bet is this is fake

Edit: Almost looks like the black is some kind of case if you look close.. like maybe the whole phone is green. (which would be even uglier)
post #7 of 67
I hope the iTunes phone ends up bringing more people over to the Mac platform. Most PC users haven't used a Mac. If they have a pleasant experience with the phone, they may be inclined to check out a Mac ... at least that's the hope.
post #8 of 67
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Originally posted by amac4me
I hope the iTunes phone ends up bringing more people over to the Mac platform. Most PC users haven't used a Mac. If they have a pleasant experience with the phone, they may be inclined to check out a Mac ... at least that's the hope.

Its a Motorola phone.. not an iPod.. and your not buying one at an Apple store where u can see other products, your buying it at a Cingular store or a kiosk in some mall

If they is some kind of halo affect (please GOD don't start a discussion on whether it exists) it wont be helped or hurt by this or any other iTunes phone.
post #9 of 67
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Originally posted by webavatar
I'm sure the green color can be changed if that is the actual phone.. just as normal phones have the ability to change display colors.. (at least my Motorola does).

Doesn't Apple have a patent for a piece of hardware's skin changing colour to reflect activity (or some such...)

Perhaps it's black & green when you get a call and white and shiny when you're listening to music

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post #10 of 67
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Originally posted by lungaretta
Doesn't Apple have a patent for a piece of hardware's skin changing colour to reflect activity (or some such...)

Perhaps it's black & green when you get a call and white and shiny when you're listening to music


I remember reading about that. Would need to be done with OLED's I think.
post #11 of 67
eeeeeeeewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!!!! That is that ugliest phone that I have ever seen! I was thinking about getting one of these but if thats it, no way!!!! I will never be seen with that phone. and Motorola makes better looking things then that. Its a fake. Please be a fake!
post #12 of 67
That must be the iTunes U2 Phone.
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Originally posted by radiospace
That must be the iTunes U2 Phone.

post #14 of 67
Ha ha ha. After reading this post, never have I laughed so hard.

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That must be the iTunes U2 Phone.
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post #15 of 67
If you look at the scroll wheel you still see some of the image of the number keys ok top of it. It must be that part of the phone flips down or something. Actually it dosen't look as bad as my old Nokia did. \
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post #16 of 67
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Originally posted by AquaMac
If you look at the scroll wheel you still see some of the image of the number keys ok top of it. It must be that part of the phone flips down or something. Actually it dosen't look as bad as my old Nokia did. \

Nokias are the most horribly designed phones in history. Pretty good qaulity though. I've used Sanyo phones for about 4 years now, and that's what I recommend to most people.
post #17 of 67
I think the phone looks good, especially the buttons on the side, though it does look a little thick. It looks like it's supposed to be a "fun - program your favorite songs in iTunes as ring-tones" phone as opposed to "hey, I'm an important business man - my phone represents who I am" kind of a phone. Sure, the phone has a "The Matrix" / "XBox" color scheme, but I think it looks good. Also, who's to say it won't come in other colors? Motorola, especially, has had several phone models in different colors/changeable front covers.
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post #18 of 67
Oh dear god, that's ugly. It's almost uglier than the Matrix phone.

And the scroll wheel? I suppose rotary dialing is back in style, along with bell bottoms and disco. \

I just hope this isn't the real thing...
post #19 of 67
wow. i have a feeling the iPhone is going to be as small as possible and of course the mandatory white and possibly silver. i think it will be a flipdown. this looks like crap.
post #20 of 67
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Originally posted by Kesh
Oh dear god, that's ugly. It's almost uglier than the Matrix phone.

And the scroll wheel? I suppose rotary dialing is back in style, along with bell bottoms and disco. \

I just hope this isn't the real thing...

Well, I couldn't tell you the last time I actually dialed a number on my phone - I always use the address book. In that sense, the iPod interface would be ideal. Having to dial a number using the click wheel, well, that I'm not at all sure about. It'd crack my kids up to have the sesame-street little kids voices say the numbers as quickly as you scroll through them though...

onetwothreefourfivesixseven - seven!
onetwothreefour - four!
onetwothreefourfivesixseveneightnine - nine!
...

And yeah, that's one ass-ugly phone.
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post #21 of 67
This looks like a Hulk phone or a phone filled with liquid krytonite.
post #22 of 67
the design is uninspiring, uncreative, and boring. just another boringly designed in america product. i'd NEVER leave the industrial designing to Motorola!
post #23 of 67
Sure, it's from some Motorola presentation or something, but it's still just a "concept" image I'm sure, not directly relating to any actual product.
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So, I was looking in the iTunes.rsrc file using icongrapher:

iTunes/Contents/Resources/iTunes.rsrc

and found that the only 2 new icons were that of Podcasting and one of a phone. I think this is proof that the iTunes phone is coming very soon.
post #25 of 67
Forget the colors, I've always wanted a phone that's the shape of a bar of soap! No, really!

Black and green soap-phones for all!
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post #26 of 67
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Originally posted by celebi23


So, I was looking in the iTunes.rsrc file using icongrapher:

iTunes/Contents/Resources/iTunes.rsrc

and found that the only 2 new icons were that of Podcasting and one of a phone. I think this is proof that the iTunes phone is coming very soon.

perhaps you missed the AI article about this.
post #27 of 67
I can't believe AppleInsider posted this image. This is the stupidest thing I've ever seen on this site. It is so obviously fake. Why does the click wheel have number keys on it? Someone did a real bad photoshop job. This kind of thing makes me think that Apple controls AppleInsider, using it to create hype when it wants and spread disinformation when it wants.
post #28 of 67
I agree. I don't understand why you people discuss abot this at all. It's so obvious it's fake. Remember the so called iHome, remember how much time you spent discussing it. You are doing it again.

It doesn't have a "d" from Apple design, not even from Motorola design. Be rational, this is NOT iTunes Motorola phone. Full stop.
post #29 of 67
fake or not...

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Originally posted by MacMini
I can't believe AppleInsider posted this image. This is the stupidest thing I've ever seen on this site. It is so obviously fake. Why does the click wheel have number keys on it? Someone did a real bad photoshop job. This kind of thing makes me think that Apple controls AppleInsider, using it to create hype when it wants and spread disinformation when it wants.

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post #32 of 67
As 00100011 pointed out. The looks more like the Microsoft phone than the Apple phone. xBox glowing green. A good fake/mockup, but no way the real iPhone.

Side note: Apple has done a pretty good job of keeping its secrets secret this time around.
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post #33 of 67
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....Side note: Apple has done a pretty good job of keeping its secrets secret this time around.

understatement of the month
the rumor mill has been burnt down to the ground.

examples:

1. a cat playing with an iPod shuffle 'prototype'
2. xbox looking iTunes phone
3a. apple announces july 7th event, everybody thinks new iPods and iTunes 4.9,
instead, apple releases new iPods and iTunes 4.9 a week before July 7th
3b. nobody has really any bloody idea what happens on July 7th
4. no whiff or mockup or anything whatsoever on new iBooks
5. 7448 may be used in new portables... in october

face it people, these are dark times for advanced insider information on apple stuff.

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post #34 of 67
Maybe they burned some mills, but the biggest move they made was well-known 2 days before they announced it.
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post #35 of 67
i still think there is some cool as-of-yet un-prototyped way to merge the functionality of the iPod clickwheel and the old-school rotary phone. problem is i have no idea how the k|dz would text message with such an input device... though that wouldn't necessarily be such a bad thing.
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post #36 of 67
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Originally posted by sunilraman
understatement of the month
the rumor mill has been burnt down to the ground.

examples:

3b. nobody has really any bloody idea what happens on July 7th
4. no whiff or mockup or anything whatsoever on new iBooks

not sure what can be read into this, but isn't the NECC going on now or next week? i say this because i heard the first apple computer RADIO COMMERCIAL i have heard in a long long time while driving in listening to npr yesterday morning, über-emphasizing apple computer and education. and the ibook is the laptop of choice for apple's educational endeavors... so, methinks new ibooks will come out on the 7th.
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post #37 of 67
For everyone that keeps shouting "fake!" the phone appears on page fifteen of this Motorola presentation:

http://library.corporate-ir.net/libr...ngTatelman.pdf

(Of course it doesn't mean it's the phone, just a phone?)
post #38 of 67
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Originally posted by rok
i still think there is some cool as-of-yet un-prototyped way to merge the functionality of the iPod clickwheel and the old-school rotary phone. problem is i have no idea how the k|dz would text message with such an input device... though that wouldn't necessarily be such a bad thing.

it's been done

post #39 of 67
The link is bogus esXXI.

Anyway...

The color isn't Apple-like, but I like the design. It appears to have a glowing, emanating soul a phone with life. Something to be cherished. Something that is "happening".

All of the interface elements act as a symbolic window to the internals of the phone. These elements are representational of the actual functionality of every interface element: those buttons, the pressure sensative click-wheel, the screen...

Of the comments I read on this page, more than half were claiming the interface (buttons and dial) was unrealistic and not feasible. I personally believe that Motorola could design a pad in which the surface would take on different functionality depending on the mode the user had the phone set to. Heck, they could even design the interface to be sensative to the context in which the user is operating the handheld (i.e. buttons for dialing, wheel for navigating iTunes).

You can defintely see a merging of Motorola design and Apple design in this phone. I hope it is real.
post #40 of 67
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Originally posted by 1984
Ummmm, okay. That is just plain nasty looking. What's with the clickwheel in the middle of the keypad? I guess it's okay if you don't have to use the three middle numbers to call someone.


Apple is bringing back the rotary phone
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