Thursday, November 17, 2005

Apple iPhone?

Forbes.com just posted an article saying that Apple is expected to build and ship an "iPhone" sometime in the next 12-18 months. Have heard this rumor before. Heck, talked about it last week with a journlist who covers Apple for a large national publication. So it's not really new news.

The question is which carrier will get into bed with Apple on this. Apple is notorious for wanting to control the entire pipe to the consumer. Carriers want to do the same thing. Only way for Apple to do this is to back off the control issue, convince a carrier to back off the control issue, or...become a carrier itself.

Considering the egos at Apple and the carriers, and the proliferation of named cell phone services-ESPN, Disney, etc--which would you guess to be the path of least resistance.

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