AppleInsider.com is reporting that Apple will introduce not one but two iPod-based cell phone models in Q1 2007. The dates line up with earlier iPhone release dates that we reported on. One phone model will come with integrated keyboard, video and music capabilities while a second will only support music functionality.
Apple appears to be taking a cautious approach with the release. The phones might be available in limited quantities at first so that Apple can gather user feedback and correct any potential issues before production hits large volumes.
AppleInsider.com is also reporting that Apple is looking to copyright the name iPhone. The filing was made back in September in a Far Eastern trademark office and describes the phones as handheld and mobile digital electronic devices for the sending and receiving of telephone calls, faxes, electronic mail, and other digital data; MP3 and other digital format audio players.
The article also suggests that the much-anticipated widescreen video iPod will begin production in December. If so, Engadget’s prediction that it could be announced by year’s end may be right but I doubt that we will see them in stores in time for Christmas.