A gadget recently invented by a 22-year-old programmer living in China, appears to convert Apple’s iPod Touch into the iPhone. The device works via a case fitting around the outside of the Touch and compromises a popular media player , Wi-Fi-enabled pocket computer with e-mail, maps and other applications.
The Apple Peel 520 then uses a dock connector, a battery and a SIM card, in order to allow users to be able to make phone calls. All that remains is for the user to install the special software to allow text messaging functions, and hey presto! you’ve got yourself an iPhone!
It still remains unknown whether or not the Apple Peel 520 will have much impact upon iPhone sales, or even whether or not it will appeal to the market, but the device is being sold on some e-commerce sites. Until they can be given the go ahead for mass manufacturing, research has to be conducted to ensure no intellectual property right violations are occurring.
What are your thoughts on the Peel? Do you think that it threatens the iPod? Will it impact on Apple’s sales?