Apple iPhone Release Nears, Cingular Announced as Provider
The iPhone has been a mysterious little chap. Both rumored and highly anticipated since the boom of the iPod a few years ago, the music phone market – which is generally pretty stale – is simply crying for its introduction. That may finally be closing in on a reality with rumors (isn't it always rumors) that Cingular will be the official provider for Apple's new tech toy.
Before I bid adieu to Gizmo Café for holiday stuffing and stuffing myself for the holidays, I reported on the nasty bit of deception pulled off by Linksys. You see, the company most known for its routers and wireless internet hardware officially announced it would be releasing its own phone. An exciting product, Linksys fooled many by unveiling the "iPhone", a product that will surely lead to a number of eBay cafuffles.
So, while Apple's rendition may not actually be named the iPhone, it does appear the device is nearing release. Speculation is that it will only be GSM for Cingular, although transfer to T-Mobile may not be a problem.
Gizmodo is further hypothesizing that the partnership with Cingular may mean Apple's "iPhone" will support video chat via HSDPA. It's possible, but could mean Blackberry-like monthly subscription fees.
With Macworld 2007 about to kick off, answers should come soon enough.
Update: Now officially unveiled, you can read about the iPhone here.