A Chinese company has created a device that converts iPods into iPhones. The gadget, known as Apple Peel 520, is made of a case that can fit around the outside of Apple’s iPod Touch, a battery, dock connector and Sim card, that makes it possible for users to make telephone calls after installing certain applications.
In addition, those users who are interested in sending and receiving text messages can install a program to enable this function. If installed properly, the Apple Peel device can last for up to 5 hours talk time and 120 hours on standby. The device inventor was quoted on CNN as saying that Apple Peel was created as the iPhone is “too expensive in China” hence the addition of text and phone calls to existing iPod functionalities which includes a media player, WiFi-enabled pocket computer with e-mail, maps and so on.
It is not yet known whether the product will be successful or not although there are plans for future mass productions once the company can confirm that there are no intellectual violations of property rights.
Can you predict what Apple’s reaction to this device will be?