Thursday, August 03, 2006

Everything you'd expect?

With WWDC next week the iPhone and MVNO rumours are flying again, this time surrounding images of the iChat Mobile (via TUAW)...

CREDIT: Engadget
The new Apple iPhone?

The mock-up in the photo has some problems, for instance the click wheel is an directly from the iPod shuffle, and tellingly for something with the iChat name, the obvious design flaw is that the camera is on the wrong side of the phone. Surely Apple would put out a nice 3G phone capable of video calling? The handset in the photo is just plain ugly, both on the hardware and software side, and it doesn't have the right functionality for the iPhone. So I'm going to make the call and say this one, at least, is fake...

We already know we're going to get a first look at Leopard at WWDC, but like many I'm also expecting some sort of hardware announcement. However speculation about possible plans to release an Apple branded mobile phone, or MVNO, have been doing the rounds for several years, with rumours of the Apple iPhone stretching back to the start of 2004. Although you might of expected the rumours would be put to bed after the release of the Motorola ROKR, instead the release of such an obviously poorly designed device just whetted people's appetite for the real thing. Recently leaks from such people as Scoble and Mossberg have hinted that there is something cool coming, but the long rumoured iPhone? I'll wait and see...

Update: A video purporting to be of the iChat Mobile has shown up on YouTube. To me it seals the debate, there is definitely something wrong with the buttons and the screen looks like a sticker rather than an LCD. But you can decide for yourself...