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Apple developing 2nd iChat-based phone

updated 12:05 pm EST, Mon November 20, 2006

Second Apple iPhone

Apple is developing a second cellular handset that features 'messaging' capabilities, according to American Technology Research senior analyst Shaw Wu. "We believe it will focus initially on mobile IM as opposed to e-mail," Wu wrote in a research note obtained by MacNN. "From our understanding, [the new phone] will leverage off existing iChat software that runs on Macs." Time to market is uncertain because the new handset -- which Apple may brand as 'iChat mobile' -- is in the development phase, according to the analyst. The exact timing for Apple's original iPhone is still unknown, but Wu expects that a 'go-to-market' strategy continues to be the gating factor and that the phone will launch in 2007, with a potential release in the first half of next year. Additionally, Apple's new (PRODUCT) RED iPod nanos are selling well, according to Wu, who reiterated a 'Buy' rating on Apple shares with a price target of $92.

by MacNN Staff





  1. Chris Paveglio

    Joined: Dec 1969


    wt heck is an ichat phone

    this concept escapes me... a phone so you can type a messsage to your friend? why not just *call* them and actually talk and interact? Perhaps if Apple builds in an iSight so we can video conference on the go, that would be cool. [Thinking about earth:final conflict communicators]

  1. jon31

    Joined: Dec 1969


    text messaging

    Text messaging is all the rage these days. If Apple built a phone that would simplify the process, it would be gold.

  1. mgpalma

    Joined: Dec 1969



    If they are on a computer & no phone, you could still chat with them. (at work, school, etc.)

  1. Rezzz

    Joined: Dec 1969


    iChat AV?

    Maybe it will be more like this:

  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969


    would be huge in Europe

    Texting is much more common in Europe than in the US, I think partly because it ends up being more economical to text than yak on the phone.

    don't know if it's the same in Asia or not.

  1. j0nkatz

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Step up to the Wu! You gotta diversify yo bonds!

  1. jwdsail

    Joined: Dec 1969


    digging in my heels

    Shrug.. I guess I'm rooted in my personal vision of what Apple provided GSM unlocked phones should be/do..

    I still think a voice-only interface phone, as small as possible, similar to the 2nd gen Shuffle would be the perfect phone ...

    Then an Apple phone like the Crackberry Pearl... A Crackberry done right.. Full iSync support, um, that WORKS! The Pearl w/ PocketMac are a huge disappointment to me so far... The phone itself is OK, but the Mac integration is unusable.. Makes my Moto v635 seem like it was made for the Mac in comparison. Would love to see Apple do this right... Full iSync support, full Salling Clicker support, etc..

    These 2 designs.. I'd buy one of each.. Shrug..

    But an iChat phone? An iTunes phone? Meh...

    The enemy of excellence is low expectations IMHO.. Do we *really* want just another ROKR, but white? Do we *really* want to see an iChat phone, er, another Sidekick, but with an Apple logo?

    Just my $0.02US


  1. rtbarry

    Joined: Dec 1969



    ...i totally agree.

  1. coffeetime

    Joined: Dec 1969


    text messaging in Asia

    Text messaging in Asia is very common than here in U.S. People over there buy phone cards and every minutes counts. Where as here people mostly paid on monthly basis that comes with 500 free minutes/month..etc. iPhone may do well in Japan. On other part of Asia, Apple products are very expensive.

  1. LordJohnWhorfin

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Already got one

    You can already iChat using any of a number of cell phones with built-in AIM client. T-Mobile even offers a low-cost flat-rate data plan ($5/month on top of your voice plan). Now, if Apple added live video... it would really make the news :)

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