After months of rumours and speculation, Apple has finally announced that they will be working with Motorola to make a cellphone, which has already been dubbed the iPhone by Internet users.
“We´ve said we have something coming on this in the first half of 2005 and we´re definitely on schedule for that. Hopefully you´ll be able to see more about it soon,” says Eddy Cue, vice president in charge of applications at Apple.
Eddy Cue went on to say: “What we’ve talked about is a something that is valuable for the mass market. It has to be a phone in the middle-tier of the market, not a $500-tier phone. It has to be very seamless to use. And we’re very happy with the results.”
It has been known for some time that Apple would be working with Motorola, one of the biggest producers of mobiles phones, on a phone that could play songs bought from their iTunes store. However today’s announcement seems to point at far more than just that in the future. On top of an iTunes capable Motorola, Apple is rumoured to also be involved in the design of a phone that users could call an accessory to their iPod.
The rumours say that Apple will be deeply involved in the design of the user interface and exterior design of the upcoming device. This will be a relief to some users as Motorola have had a bad history with user-friendly User-interfaces whereas the Apple-Designed iPod UI was a big hit. It has long been said that if you combined an iPod and a mobile you would have the ultimate gadget. Well it seems Apple and Motorola have started the ball rolling and with phone companies starting to include large capacity internal hard-drives in their units, we could see iPod like mobiles by the end of 2005.