Rumors and confirmations of rumors are circulating the various Mac Websites at the moment, contemplating that Apple will release a cell phone by the end of the year.
I think this is very plausible ... in fact I don't see why it hasn't already been done. Or has it?
Many have speculated that Apple was merely testing the waters with the release of the Motorola ROKR; testing to see if a mediocre phone would create buzz and help create a new market segment for phones.
Apple needs to approach this like the MP3 market, when they released the iPod.
Apple should make this for ONLY Mac users at first ... possibly bringing new Mac users just for the purpose of the phone.
The ONLY way this could be a cool phone ... if it has bluetooth AND a front row remote built in + a 4 or 5 megapixel camera.
It's not just time for Apple to have a phone ... but a good camera again.
It needs to have VOIP and Apple needs to work with Skype to have it preloaded onto the phone with an even easier interface than it currently sports.
Of course this new phone will have the standard dock connector as iPods have had for 2 1/2 years now. (Can you say iTrip as a handsfree?) And obviuosly iPhoto will become just as important as iTunes.
This is why Apple needs to make it for Mac Users at first (almost every Mac user will buy one) ... then just as it did with the iPod, on a second revision release iPhoto for Windows as well ... thereby releasing the phone to the masses as well.
The Quicktake camera was cross platform by nature of the removable storage. This new phone/camera/Mp3 player should be great on Windows ... amazing on the Mac.
It's time for Apple to show the cellphone companies, just like it showed the Mp3 makers, how cellphones are done right.