Rumor: Apple working on new iTunes phone?
Apple and Japanese telecom giant Softbank may be developing a new mobile phone that can download songs from iTunes, according to a report from Japan's Nihon Keizei Shimbun Friday.
Apple representatives did not immediately respond to inquiries about the report. Motorola , of course, put out the first phone with iTunes last year, but those phones couldn't download songs over the air.
According to a Reuters interpretation of the report, the rumored Apple-Softbank phone would do just that. Wireless networks in Japan are extremely fast and allow people to use their cell phones for a variety of things, such as buying food and gear from Japan's ubiquitous vending machines. In the U.S., Verizon offers its V-Cast music download service for mobile phones.
What isn't clear is whether the companies are working on the long-rumored iPhone, or Mac Mobile, or whatever you'd like to call it. Many people, including Motorola CEO Ed Zander , think Apple will eventually release its own mobile-phone design, but thus far it has been content to partner with companies like Motorola and dominate the portable digital music market with the iPod.