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Apple searches for iPhone suppliers

updated 09:25 am EST, Thu March 23, 2006

Apple\'s iPhone coming?

A new report says that Apple has been approaching suppliers in Taiwan to build its much rumored "iPhone." Insiders at Taiwanese phone maker BenQ said that Apple procurement executives have been talking to various Taiwanese phone makers during the past few months in an effort to cut a manufacturing deal on an iPod Phone, according to SmartHouse: The phone could be launched in the next few months, although parts availability is a concern and the manufacturing contract is still up in the air. "An iPod phone is definitely coming. BenQ will not be making it as we are in competition with Apple however several of our suppliers have been approached to manufacture parts. Among manufacturers in Taiwan it is common knowledge. The issue for many is the availabilty of parts if the phone takes off" said the BenQ executive. Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster last week indicated a "75 percent chance" of the iPhone debut in the next 12 months, while Bill Shope of J.P Morgan believes Apple will introduce the phone by the fourth quarter of this year, according to the report.

by MacNN Staff




  1. darcybaston

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Will an iPhone let me play annoying music instead of having to talk to telemarketers?

  1. Albert

    Joined: Dec 1969



    i want a simple world where computer makers don't make waffle irons, toasters or phones.

    What ever happend to the days when girls where girls and smokes were smokes and being a rebel ment kickin a**?

    Does Apple realize that there is more money in actomic power in Iran then iPhones??

    Even more $$$ in bottled water.

  1. emigre808

    Joined: Dec 1969


    brave new world

    i remember a simpler world when mitsubishi only made tv's and cars and vcr's and aircraft parts and toys that show tiny metal projectiles at my eyes and mach IV - and when sony only made tv's and vcr's and computers and video games and owned a good chunk of the music industry.

    An iPhone makes a lot more sense than an iCar - and a while back there was a quote about how nobody wanted an all-in-one device - something like "nobody wants their toaster to be a coffee maker". that's because we don't have to put our toaster and coffee maker in our front pants pocket with our microwave and george forman grill.

    i want an iPhonePodCameraPDA. if a video iPod were a phone with a 5MP camera i would gladly pay $750 for it.

    If you think that's too much money then you haven't been buying apple products since it was safe to drink the tap water in a simpler world - when a 13" color monitor with an 80 column text card cost a grand, and dual 5.25 drives cost $450. yeah, i'm old. boy i hope i didn't submit this 2x

  1. ibugv4

    Joined: Dec 1969


    emigre is right

    Between the planned obsolescense of technology and Walmart making it cheaper to keep replacing what you break and thus totally forfeiting the lessons of "earning what you keep," it's very easy to see that this seems like a stupid idea and to others a great one. IF IT WORKS WITH OS X 10.2 I WILL BUY ONE!!! I remember when Apple shipped software that supported 6 year old OSes (AppleWorks needed System 7.5 or greater, and it still said that on the box before it was canned for the lame iWork). Apple now makes things that works with perhaps 2 year old hardware/software AT MOST. I do NOT want to be a part of a company that expects me to upgrade every 9 months. I expect and buy products that are intended to never be sent back for a planned repair or upgrade, and that's obviously NOTING APPLE MAKES anymore.

  1. Timothy Flint

    Joined: Dec 1969



    To be consistent with current iPod designs, it needs a rotary dial.

  1. emigre808

    Joined: Dec 1969


    update every 9 months

    everything is disposable, it's just now the life cycle of things is way too short. my mac is 3 years old! we are consumers. keep consuming. throw it out. buy a new one. the only reason manufacturers can make software that's incompatible with 2 year old technology is because we keep buying new technology.

    we're stuck - who doesn't wante bigger, better, faster? [smaller, better, faster]

  1. zubro

    Joined: Dec 1969


    not iPhone


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