Thursday, December 21, 2006

Well, the mythic iPhone ( has been announced and to everyone's surprise, it's a Linksys product, as the name is owned by their parent company Cisco. So the question now is what will Apple name their impending entry into the wireless phone market? Answer: iPod Phone.

Yeah, it's a boring name, but here's the deal: we know a phone from Apple will be an expansion of the iPod line and the previous three expansions (Mini, Shuffle, and Nano) have all kept the iPod name. There's no good reason to break from that other than a desire to piss away brand recognition.

As for the "phone" suffix, it's simply the most clear cut, least confusing word they could use. Yeah, they could go with "speak" or "talk" or "chat", but for simplicity "phone" cannot be beat.

That said, the wireless phone market is considerably larger than the mobile media player market. As the two converge, the larger will consume the smaller until phones with media playing capabilities become the norm and dedicated media players win fall by the wayside. That being the case, perhaps it would be wiser to embrace that shift now, and rather than roll out their phone as an expansion, they could unveil it simply as the next gen iPod.

CateGoogles: mobile_tech
Mood = unimpressed

If not iPhone, then what?


  1. Wonder how long until the iTablet (or some form of Apple tablet) is seen? I heard a rumor about sometime in 2007, but I don't know.

    By Anonymous Malinda, at 12/21/2006 10:30:00 PM

  2. That 2007 rumor is just someone who wants to take credit should it appear sometime within that one-year time frame. Not a bad idea actually... I'm calling dibs on 2008! :P

    But seriously, it will appear when it appears, likely without warning. No point wondering when it will happen. Should be cool when it does though.

    By Blogger Sumocat, at 12/21/2006 11:23:00 PM

  3. iPod Mobile sounds better

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/22/2006 12:21:00 AM

  4. Sounds better but iPods are already mobile. Doesn't really signify a difference in functionality.

    By Blogger Sumocat, at 12/22/2006 03:12:00 PM

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