“iPhone” Announced by Motorola at CES

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eWeek’s got the exclusive apparently. The Motorola phone that works with iTunes has been demo’d or at least talked about at CES. There’s no pictures which is a drag, but hopefully we only have to wait for Steve to show it off next week.

It syncs with a computer and the iTunes Music Store like an iPod does, and incorporates the iPod interface for navigating and playing digital music

Sounds cool…I’ll reserve final judgement until I see it though. Hopefully Apple had some say in the UI of the software because I personally am not fond of Motorola’s phone menu interfaces. (I like Sony Ericsson’s best, if you really care to know.) Wonder if Motorola has gone so far as to model the phone in white tones along the lines of Apple’s product line.

As soon as pictures surface, we’ll link them (Don’t want to host them or anything for fear of a ThinkSecret style lawsuit, assuming we find pictures prior to the official announcement – at MacWorld?)


UPDATE:
Looks like a couple pictures have popped-up.
from CES
the Motorola E398

Thanks Chris and Jonesy for the finds!!!

Info on the Motorola E398 here and here if you’re interested.

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chris holland

rumors partial round-up:

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(mentions G5 powerbook and powermac G5 update)

more generic news from those guys:

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Wow, this story talks of an eMac G5:
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OK, i think all this covers quite a bit of ground. the headless iMac G5 thing does seem for real.

Jonesy

Those pictures are way off. I’m certain (as far as I can with no evidence) they are mockups. They look like runouts stuck on cardboard boxes – especially the one with the ports. Remind me of the iMac spoofs.

nick santilli

on the “iHome”:
I’m going with fake. close examination of too many of those images look like a *pretty* good printer paper cover up of some other box. awesome if it’s true. I doubt it though.

“iTunes Phone”:
Jonesy, thanks for the clarification. The more I looked up the E398 the more I wondered… I’d like the E398! I’m only assuming the actual one will be truly sick!

Jonesy

Update: “But a Motorola representative clarified on Friday that the phone shown during the keynote was not the actual iTunes phone that is slated for release this year. Instead, it was a Motorola E398 equipped with the iTunes functionality for the demonstration.” Sorry for the red herring folks!

nick santilli

yeah, I’m with you Chris, it’d better work for T-mobile.

I read someplace (I cannot for the life of me find where it was) that it would have a space for a SIM card, meaning it would be fairly platform independent, which also means it’d be good to go for T-mobile…
crossing my fingers, legs, toes, tes – anyway.

nick santilli

great find Chris! looks nice from what I can make out. (somewhat like the SE T610 i think)

can’t wait for detail specs and price. With Apple involved, I’m hoping that BT built-in is a no-brainer…

chris holland

Holy crap! I hope Apple makes my Xmas Wish come true:

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I really really hope they’ve built-in a SIP client and WiFi!! I know. I’m greedy.

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