It's Sulzberger vs. Murdoch in the battle of the unnamed Apple sources
On Monday, the Wall Street Journal, citing "people familiar with the matter" -- one of whom claimed to have seen a prototype -- reported that Apple (AAPL) was working on an iPhone code-named N97 that was half the size and could be sold for half the price of the current model.
On Friday, the New York Times, citing "people briefed on Apple's plans who requested anonymity because the plans are confidential," flatly contradicted the Journal's story. Apple is exploring ways to make iPhones cheaper, yes, but not smaller. The company has rejected that idea for now, according to these sources, because a smaller iPhone would be harder to manufacturer, harder to use and a pain in the neck for app developers.
Besides, N97 was the code name for the Verizon (VZ) iPhone introduced last month.
This sniping between the paper the Sulzberger family publishers and the one that Rupert Murdoch owns would be of interest primarily to news junkies were it not that whatever they print about Apple is immediately taken as gospel, picked up and amplified in the echo chamber of the blogosphere. In Techmeme's archives, the Journal piece is trailed by more than two dozen headlines. By 6 a.m. Friday, the Times' piece has already gathered 36. Plus this one.
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Apple has three new iPhone models in a "fairly advanced" state of development, according to Kaufman Bros.' Shaw Wu, including one with a 2.8-inch screen (the screen on the current iPhone measures 3.5-inches diagonally).
All three devices are just waiting for a green light from Apple (AAPL), according to Wu's sources among the company's Asian suppliers, and could be readied for launch in either the June or September quarter.
But in a MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Feb 13, 2009 11:14 AM ET
How will Apple (AAPL) persuade 100 million iPod users to trade up to an iPhone? That's the problem Bernstein Research's Toni Sacconaghi tackles in a report to clients Wednesday.
His answer: Make an iPhone that comes without a data plan -- currently $30 a month in the United States.
The opportunity for Apple is so attractive that he puts the odds of such a thing coming to market before the end of MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Feb 4, 2009 10:53 AM ET
If it was Steve Jobs' intention to take the wind out of Macworld's sails, he's done a pretty good job.
"Expectations are low," wrote Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster in a note to clients early Tuesday, one week before the first Macworld Expo keynote since 1997 that won't be delivered by Apple's charismatic CEO. "No significant new products are expected."
"Fairly modest" is how Kaufmann Bros.' Shaw Wu described investor expectations for the MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Dec 30, 2008 12:08 PM ET
Is Steve Jobs preparing to launch a smaller, cheaper version of the iPhone in time for Christmas?
That's the rumor -- based on a brief item in London's Daily Mail -- that had Apple watchers buzzing over the weekend. "Report: iPhone nano to ring in the holidays" read the headline on Crave, CNet's gadget blog. "iPhone Nano Rumor Brings Hope Alive," wrote iPhone Savior. "Holy rumor, Batman," shouted Crunch Gear, "iPhone MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Aug 4, 2008 9:12 AM ET
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