More rumors emerge about Apple 'iPhone'

— 4:05 PM on October 16, 2006

Apple's purported "iPhone" has been the subject of increasingly detailed rumors over the past few months. The latest of those rumors originates from a research note by a Prudential Equity Group analyst, the contents of which have been kindly relayed by AppleInsider. The note says Apple's cell phone will launch in two different flavors: one smart phone device with a keyboard as well as music and video playback capabilities, and a slimmer model without a keyboard or video support. At least one of the devices is said to feature built-in Wi-Fi, as well.

Despite the potential of the "iPhone," the analyst says, Apple is concerned about market acceptance and battery life. This may result an initial launch as a "market test vehicle" in limited quantities only.

In related news, AppleInsider reports that Apple has filed for a trademark for the iPhone term with a "Far Eastern trademark office." In the filing, Apple describes the iPhone 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."

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