There have been rumours for sometime about a touchscreen Blackberry, and it would seem that we are one step closer to that reality as it has been reported that RIM has filed a patent for an upcoming touchscreen device. Of course, to be successful in the corporate world, a touchscreen keyboard will never work fast enough (for now) to keep mobile professionals happy. However, other rumours indicate a slide out keyboard may also be in the works. Also of note, is that time to market is expected to be relatively quick – i.e. this summer! This is timely for me as I recently lost my Blackberry in the snow at a friend’s house. I think I dropped it on my way to the door from my car, and while I was in talking to one of my friends, the other half of the couple was shovelling. Needless to say, my blackberry is in a huge snowbank. Instead of wading though the massive snowbanks, I’ll just wait for the snow to melt and pick up the remnants (I can get a free replacement with the insurance I have so long as I bring back the carcass). Hopefully it is salvageable, but if it isn’t, I suppose I would spring for a touchscreen blackberry if I had to… :)
There was another rumour I heard today about Apple dropping the price on the current lineup of iPhone’s to make way for the next (slightly) upgraded models. I believe they will only have increases in memory capacity and may work on the 3G platform – don’t ask me what that actually means! If you remember, there was quite a backlash when Apple dropped the price of the iPhone by $200 shortly after launching it… Wonder what the response will be this time around… Also, I should point out that the iPhone is probably coming to Canada through Rogers – again, perhaps this year.
For a more authoritative source on electronic matters, visit The Boy Genius Report – if you want to hear all the latest gossip about cellphones, PDA’s and other electronic items – this is a great site to follow. They even just gave away a MacBook Air (it was only open to US residents unfortunately!)
(And yes, I tried calling my phone to try and locate it inside the snow banks, but it was on vibrate. Oh, the humanity!)
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