Austrailian tech site Smarthouse claims that an unamed executive at Taiwanese phone maker BenQ confirmed 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.”
The article goes on to say that “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.”
This information is far from a confirmation – though many will perceive it as such. However, there has always been speculation regarding the development of an “iphone” and it does seem like a logical direction for Apple to take. After all, they are forever searching for ways to repackage the device in order to re-sell it to the masses.
The math is simple – take an iPod and chuck a phone on it. Cash money. I just feel bad for all the poor bastards who bought the original Motorola Rokr – and those who might buy the next gen Rokr E2.
Analysts expect to see the iPod phone sometime towards the end of 2006.
Posted by Sean