Up next for Apple: Telecom and televison.
Saying the maker of the unbiquitous iPods was going to “reinvent” telecommunications, CEO Steve Jobs today unveiled a long-rumored iPhone and a set-top box that handles videostreaming from PCs to TVs.
Speaking at the Consumer Electronics trade show, Jobs showed off “Apple TV,” which comes with a 40 GB hard drive and an Intel chip and is priced at $299, and the iPhone, a 0.5″ thick handheld device that automatically syncs a user’s email, MP3, and other files, and for good measure comes with a 2 MP digital camera, headphones and SIM card jacks. (Price and availability were not disclosed.)
I would say this is good news for consumers and the electronics industry in general, albeit not for major handheld providers like Nokia, Motorola, Samsung and LG.
This much is for sure. The name on the door — Apple Computer — is becoming a misnomer.