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What would an Apple phone be like? . . . Probably a lot like this.

post #1 of 33
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NTT's NEC 3.5G Phone

Inelegant, but much more powerful than anything to date. I would guess that Apple would use their own POSIX-based OS, make it a lot more elegant, and in all likelihood power it with one of the new Cortex-based OMAPs. But it goes to show that an Apple phone would be worthless on a network without EVDO or similar, meaning Verizon or Sprint in the USA.
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post #2 of 33
It would be nothing like that because that thing is hidious.
post #3 of 33
That phone just looks really complicated. An iPhone would look very simple and elegant.
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post #4 of 33
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It goes without saying that the Apple phone would be elegant. I refer to the feature set and capabilities, which should be obvious enough to the literate.
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post #5 of 33
There's Netgear's wifi Skype phone - vaguely applesque ...
http://www.skypestyle.com/images/netgear-skype.jpg
post #6 of 33
Basically an ipod with phone abilities and some numbered buttons is my guess. Nothing real special, just another reason to carry your ipod with you. I don't really see what the big deal is with all the hype.
post #7 of 33
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Originally Posted by jdcfsu

It would be nothing like that because that thing is hidious.

Agreed.

The Apple phone will be oversimplified compared to what we're used to in our mobiles now - but that's Apple's style and the features will come with time.

The Netgear looks closer and it's likely to be VoIP with iChat and iTunes installed.
post #8 of 33
Any phone from Apple should be in the smart phone category. So it would have to intergrate iCal, Address Book, iTunes, a browser ( Safari lite) and bluetooth. The minimalist would be in the controls. I also look for voice activation for certain basic and advanced functions, so most buttons will not be needed. The real question will be which provider they will team with, Verizon, Cingular or T-Mobile. I would also expect that they would require it to be on fast networks. Nothing is worst than slow downloads or no reception.
post #9 of 33
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I would also expect that they would require it to be on fast networks. Nothing is worst than slow downloads or no reception.

Well, that knocks out T-Mobile. They have awesome customer service, but their technology leaves some to be desired.
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post #10 of 33
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The real question will be which provider they will team with, Verizon, Cingular or T-Mobile. I would also expect that they would require it to be on fast networks. Nothing is worst than slow downloads or no reception.

It seems very likely that the answer will actually be Sprint. Not only is Sprint pretty good about not crippling phones the way Verizon does, but they have the biggest 3G network. They also plan to have a big 3G+ network by the end of the year, which incidentally would link up well with the rumored release of the Apple phone.

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post #11 of 33
The best one I have seen (a fake) is still:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4296e...=Apple%20phone

While this one won't make it to market it does show what can be done.
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post #12 of 33
got board a while ago so i tried my hand at an iPhone

here's my result:


first time posting a picture to a forum, hope i did it right
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post #13 of 33
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That's a nice picture, but there are two things I don't expect.

The first is that it's a flip phone. Apple's going to need plenty of space for components, and flip phones need four walls of plastic (wasted space). The second is more obvious. Rotary dial? I'd almost bet that most people younger than twenty haven't ever used a rotary dial. The other thing that comes to mind isn't something I don't expect, but is more of a question: why are all phone cameras on the back of the phone? Does anyone actually use them for taking any sort of meaningful pictures? I wouldn't be surprised if apple put the camera on front of the phone. Then you have a mobile iSight.

Speaking of rotary dials, my parents have a 40+ year old, olive green AT&T rotary dial phone that works like a champ. It looks like in belongs in a cold war military barracks. It has unpackaged, monolithic transistors in it, and weighs at least 2 kilos.
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post #14 of 33
Great looking phone
Although I don't like flip-phones, This one is pretty cool. especially the Mac notebook hinge is a sweet detail.

One question though: How do you email or SMS with it?
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post #15 of 33
well it wasn't a really serious thing, i just thought it would be fun to see apple make a phone and have to dial using an modified clickwheel like a rotary dial, and of course the iSight, and the only reason its a flip phone is because i wanted it to open with the style of their laptops

One question though: How do you email or SMS with it?

do you really honestly think i thought about taht??

i really doubt they would make a flip phone and honestly it might even make it less impressive if it were a flip phone

and on the note of rotary dials
im under twenty and i have used a rotary phone. i actually have a really sweet one sitting right next to me that is who knows how old (i believe it was either my grandfather's of great grandfather origionally) but its pretty neat. its a one peice phone that has the rotary dial and the button for haning up and such on the bottom so when you pick up the whole phone you're on the line and you turn it over to dial then wwhen you want to hang up you just set the thing down. it's actualy a really light phone too
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post #16 of 33
I think this is more like what an Apple phone would look like:
post #17 of 33
Wow, that's one spectacular iPhone you've got there!

I hope the real one turns out just as sleek and unique as yours. Nice work!
post #18 of 33
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I think this is more like what an Apple phone would look like:

Nice job!

But, honestly, that doesn't look to me like Apple's style. Apple tends to have a more seamless and smooth design for their products, and more rounded edges.

I dicided to give a shot at a non-flip phone because I really wouldnt expect a flip phone from Apple. One with the rotary clickwheel, of course:



and a serious one (that I personally think is really cool):

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post #19 of 33
am I the only one who think it will not have so much Mp3 bias? or.. iPod + phone..

at least i think it would be more Phone + iPod...

apple comes out with a product that would kill their own products?..

how are they going to change the consumer's idea from

'oh, i don't need mp3 play back on a phone, cus i have an ipod"

to

"oh, i have an iPhone, i need an iPod, too.

?
post #20 of 33
This is a QUICK mockup based on the information posted by the rumor mills and the patents apple currently registered. I seriously think as weird as it looks, it could be what it really looks like... Look the patent next to it ...


Any thoughts on if they would actually release this beast?
post #21 of 33
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Originally Posted by gatesjon

This is a QUICK mockup based on the information posted by the rumor mills and the patents apple currently registered. I seriously think as weird as it looks, it could be what it really looks like... Look the patent next to it ...


Any thoughts on if they would actually release this beast?

I like the rainbow logo and the OS 8 fonts. Very classy
post #22 of 33
i think it would be something along the lines of Samsung t509. althogh i saw some review bitching that it was too long (which is what i actually liked abot it when checking it out).

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somewhat based off apple's patent.
post #24 of 33
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Originally Posted by BMWintoxication

am I the only one who think it will not have so much Mp3 bias? or.. iPod + phone..

at least i think it would be more Phone + iPod...

apple comes out with a product that would kill their own products?..

how are they going to change the consumer's idea from

'oh, i don't need mp3 play back on a phone, cus i have an ipod"

to

"oh, i have an iPhone, i need an iPod, too.

?


my guess is that they see the market for digital music moving into the cell phone market. now that memory is getting cheaper per GB cell phone providers will probably soon offer phones with near as much memory as an iPod nano etc.

I think this is a smart move on Apple's part and who knows maybe they will find a way to influence the customer that they need both.
post #25 of 33
Look at the other patent thread, it's pretty clear the iPod will probably become the iPhone and vice versa and so on. One big screen with software based interfaces(buttons).

Basically right now Apple is noticing that there is a certain crowd that doesn't want to carry around both an iPod and a phone and since a lot of phones are offering music playback it's only natural for Apple to get into the game by offering an iPod with phone (and other) abilities.

Now the big question is, can you imagine holding your iPod up to your ear to talk to someone? I guess it's no worse then any of those blackberry monsters that are becoming so popular.
post #26 of 33
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somewhat based off apple's patent.



Cool.... but I think Apple will have a hard time convincing people to get new phone numbers without zero's in it.


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post #27 of 33
haha yea i forgot about the fourth row and then by the time i remembered it i had already posted. who needs to call a number with a 0 in it anyways? :P
post #28 of 33
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haha yea i forgot about the fourth row and then by the time i remembered it i had already posted. who needs to call a number with a 0 in it anyways? :P

Dont forget that the patent makes several references to a touchscreen capability and changable interfaces. we may see something that relies almost entirely on a touchscreen/touch wheel interface. Any thoughts? I also see Apple as recognizing that maximizing the screen size is an enormous wow factor...and with a movie service on the way this may lend additional credibility to this point.
post #29 of 33
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Originally Posted by Playmaker

Dont forget that the patent makes several references to a touchscreen capability and changable interfaces. we may see something that relies almost entirely on a touchscreen/touch wheel interface. Any thoughts? I also see Apple as recognizing that maximizing the screen size is an enormous wow factor...and with a movie service on the way this may lend additional credibility to this point.

that would make a sweet iPhone or iPod... that is if Apple fixes the problem that the current iPods have with easily scratched screens
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post #30 of 33
I think it will be like the Synaptics proto.

http://www.synaptics.com/onyx/
post #31 of 33
Each virtual "device" will have a glossy, Dashboard-esque design. They will be minimized via Exposé, so you can easily switch devices.

Widgets will be downloadable and will allow for countless possibilities.

Ink is supported but optional.

Sound effects will add realism and feedback to the touch screen.

Features a mini Mac OS X.

Finder
Mail
iCal
Address Book
Safari
iChat
iMovie (playback)
iTunes (new iPod interface)
Desktop Pictures
Screensaver
iPhone
Calculator (plain and scientific)
RSS reader (part of Safari)
File Beam Utility
To Do List
Notes
Spreadsheet

Coming Tuesday. $499. Black or White. 40GB and 80GB.
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post #32 of 33
I cant imagine it! But think as well it'll look like the prototype http://www.synaptics.com/onyx/
post #33 of 33
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I think this is more like what an Apple phone would look like:

that looks kinda like #5 from this list. Here is the list, to keep the creativity and speculation running high. Of course whenever Apple does come out with an iPhone, it will take #1 on this list.
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