Apple / Nokia

in Future Apple Hardware edited January 2014
Some late-night, wild speculation

I can imagine a situation where Apple teams up with Nokia and Symbian to produce a GSM Communicator with certain PDA features - "certain features", of course, to work better integrated with a Mac !

It is hard to tell but the image on the Apple G4 TiPB Wireless Internat page appears to be a Nokia 7650 - interesting as this is not yet available in th US.

Barcelona, Spain (November 19, 2001) - Nokia today announced the Nokia 7650 - the world's first 2.5G Symbian OS mobile phone with advanced messaging and imaging capabilities. Featuring an inbuilt camera, enhanced user interface and large color display, the Nokia 7650 is the first mobile phone to be announced based on Symbian OS v6.1. Key features of the Nokia 7650 is its support for GPRS as well as HSCSD connections, WAP, Bluetooth, SyncML, infrared capability, email, MIDP Java support and multimedia messaging (MMS).

"The wireless industry has been waiting for a new type of mobile phone to drive home the benefits of advanced data services. The Nokia 7650, based on the advanced, open Symbian OS, heralds the arrival of this next generation of mobile phone and sets a fresh direction for the industry. A world's first in terms of its multimedia messaging capability, the Nokia 7650 is also the first always connected Symbian OS phone to be squarely targeted at the mass consumer market," said Colly Myers, CEO, Symbian.

The imaging functionality of the Nokia 7650 includes an integrated digital camera with a VGA resolution, picture taking and sending, a photo album for storing pictures, and a large 176x208 pixel color display. The MMS works much the same way as SMS messages, but allows users to combine audio-, graphic-, text- and imaging content in one message. Once the user has selected a picture, written a text, and included an audio clip, a multimedia message can be sent directly to another multimedia messaging capable terminal as well as to the recipients email address.

The combination of the advanced, open Symbian OS, with the advanced multimedia and imaging functionality of the Nokia 7650, also provide a compelling new target device for developers wanting to create additional content, services and applications for the mobile user.

Nokia have announced that the Nokia 7650 will be available in Europe and Asia during Q2, 2002.

Other advantages to Apple - the involvement of Motorola in Symbian

Plus Microsoft has indicated that Symbian is a major potential competitor !!
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