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February 24, 2007

Apple and Cisco Make Up, and is there an Audience for the iPhone?

Apple and Cisco settled their dispute over the iPhone trademark, and the settlement turned out to be a big yawn compared to the possibilities.  Here are two tech giants ready to go corporate toe to toe involving potentially vast sums of money.  The outcome?  Cisco and Apple both get to use the iPhone trademark, Apple for it's smart phone and Cisco for its Internet telephony product.  No money changed hands and no other details were announced.  What was the point of Cisco filing a suit and this is the result?  Only the possibility of making money from each other in a collaborative project.  That is the suggestion of some commentators.

Stories are in ABC News, Business Week, and AP via the Houston Chronicle.

Speaking of the Apple iPhone, and online survey conducted by Compete Inc. suggests that consumers might not want to pay $499 for an iPhone.  Of the 379 respondents, only 26% were willing to buy the product at all, and only 1% were willing to shell out that kind of money for the product.  Will the iPod married to a smart phone win over consumers the way the iPod alone did?  Ah, the Newton does music and phone calls at a price only an Apple stockholder could love.  Did I mention you can't replace the battery by yourself?  And you can only use it with AT&T (the old Cingular) cell service?  Details are in Ars Technica.  Maybe someone should do a more comprehensive survey.

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What do you expect to learn from a "more comprehensive survey"? Are you on the fence with regard to an Apple stock purchase? Have you risked something of value in a wager about the iPhone? Do you expect the results of the survey to have an impact on whether Apple goes ahead with the iPhone project?

Posted by: brotherStefan | Feb 24, 2007 7:59:13 PM

The web is full of idiotic pronouncements about the iPhone. Most of these articles are written by people who haven't even viewed Steve Jobs' astonishing MacWorld '07 product introduction, and have never actually seen an iPhone. Few are equipped to grasp that Jobs demonstrated the first device with a next-generation interface. The iPhone is years ahead of anything that exists today, and is a bargain at &499. It will sell like hotcakes. Buy AAPL soon, before iPhone becomes available. "Nuff said.

Posted by: Nunuvyer Bizniz | Feb 25, 2007 2:25:05 AM

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