Many Expect iPod Phone At Macworld

Apple Computer's Steve Jobs may announce a much-anticipated iPod phone and will likely unveil revamped iPod music players this week during the annual Macworld conference in San Francisco. Apple co-founder and chief executive Steve Jobs delivers a keynote address on Tuesday and analysts say they also would not be surprised to see more deals with movie studios like the one recently signed with Walt Disney Co. to let Apple sell films for online download on its iTunes Music Store.

Last year was busy for the legendary Silicon Valley company and Jobs. Apple adopted chips from Intel Corp. used in most Windows machines, rolled out new versions of its market- leading iPod digital music player and gave a sneak preview of Leopard, the next version of its Mac OS X operating system. There also has been a lot of speculation the telephone- enabled iPod -- dubbed the iPhone by many -- would be introduced at this year's Macworld. But even if Jobs takes a pass on that for now, there will be plenty to feast on. "What Apple tends to do is take something that's already existed and add the Apple cool factor," said Tim Bajarin, an analyst at market research firm Creative Strategies.

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i'm not even sure its the 'apple cool factor' even though people might think the style is cool. i really think before iPod, people weren't that conscious of mp3 players being out there. part of this is just -marketing-. but people don't want to look at apple as a company that is made by marketing, because that cheapens what they are

"What Apple tends to do is take something that's already existed and add the Apple cool factor"

Yes, exactly. The iPod and features in OS X SP 5 (10.5) (just 2 examples) are nothing really "new", just exisitng technologies with Apple's own flavour added on.

Now maybe everyone can stop accusing MS of stealing Apple's ideas when the reverse is true. It's nice to see an analyst that actually gets it.

C_Guy said,
Now maybe everyone can stop accusing MS of stealing Apple's ideas when the reverse is true.

MS and Apple steal each other's ideas, but MS tries to copy Apple's look and feel (unsuccessfully I might add).

Also, the Wall Street Journal is now predicting the iPod phone, so that pretty much confirms it.

What's with posting the same thing before every Apple event... it'll come! Stop telling us when analysts predict it will arrive.

And many expected a touch screen, 16x9 video ipod at nearly every 2006 conference.

methinks everyone needs to just calm down and stop assuming that apple is going to change the world with every keynote.