Monday, March 20, 2006

Report: Apple choosing manufacturers for 'iPhone'

iLounge covers the most recent rumors that Apple is working on an iPhone. According to Johnny Chan at J.P. Morgan, Apple is working on “an iPod with phone functions” and "could use Taiwanese electronics manufacturer Hon Hai Precision to build the device."

Ellen Tseng at Morgan Stanley said, "Apple still hasn’t decided whether to give the contract for what’s being referred to as an ‘iPhone’ to Hon Hai or to another manufacturer," while another analyst in Taipei, who declined to be identified ,said "Taiwan Green Point Enterprises, which makes plastic cases for the iPod, is in talks with Apple for a role in the phone."

Bill Shope at J.P Morgan believes "Apple will introduce the phone by the fourth quarter of this year," and Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster told clients that "he estimates there to be a 75% chance that we’ll seen an iPhone in the next 12 months."

If an iPhone does ever see the light of daym then analysts predict Motorola will be impacted the most due to its relationship with Apple.