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Is Apple Secretly Planning To Make An iPod PDA-Cell Phone? Print E-mail
Wednesday, 28 August 2002
Clues point towards Apple secretly designing a cellular phone and PDA to go along with their ultra-sexy iPod music storage device. MacWorld magazine notes Apple co-founder and CEO, Steven Jobs, mentioning Apple’s Inkwell technology making a return for the big new OS update, OS x.2 (Jaguar). Inkwell is sophisticated handwriting software that was developed years ago for Apple’s failed PDA, The Newton. Apple also is developing its own applications that point towards them making some sort of handheld device. In OS X.2, there will be two new free applications called iSynch and iCal. ISynch is designed to get your Mac OS X.2 based computer linked up successfully with your devices like an iPod or PDA. As of now, Windows based computers have the lead in this category but Apple has made strides with its own Firewire connections and Bluetooth-like Airport network. ISynch is another level of foundation being laid for something bigger say students of Apple’s corporate culture.

Wall Street annalists sometimes diss Apple for its 5 percent market share in the PC market but they are a cash rich, highly innovative company that is using the sex appeal of iMacs and iPods to woo over PC users. One Apple Store manager reports that 43 percent of their store’s sales are made to people converting from PC to Mac. Now if Apple can take its legendary design and superior operating system to merge a bad ass PDA with a 2000 song iPod, you’d have something that PC loyalists, electronics junkies and music enthusiasts would have to take a look at even if they are running Windows. Then if Apple can make a cell phone that actually works (fewer dropped calls than a Nokia or Motorola on the same cell networks) in the same package as an iPod-PDA, they have new hope for doubling their market share with an entirely new crop of converts.

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