Chinese ‘iPod’ aims to topple Apple

A gadget similar to the iPhone and more had been Invented by a 22-year-old programmer who hails from the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen. It... More Below... Posted by on Aug 16th, 2010 and filed under News, Technology.

A gadget similar to the iPhone and more had been Invented by a 22-year-old programmer who hails from the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen. It is made up of a case that fits around the outside of Apple’s iPod Touch, a popular media player and WiFi-enabled pocket computer with email, maps and other applications.

The Apple Peel 520 case has a battery, dock connector and SIM card that allow voice calls. One still needs to install software to enable text messaging functions and other apps. But once everything installed, what you get is a gadget with five hours worth of talking time on it and 120 hours on standby, based on a review on Dailytech.com.

The young inventor didn’t want to be identified and asked to be called under his online name, Maxpy.

Maxyp, said he started building the gadget last April, showing the final product online only a month ago through a company he started, Yosion Technology.

Whereas the iPhone, which debuted in the country last October, two years later than its US debut, cost between $588 - $740 and an iPod Touch around $235, the Apple peel sells for $57 only.

“All of the potential users already had purchased an iPhone, they had found a way to buy one,” Leo Wang, founder of Mobile 2.0 forum, a telecom and mobile organization, shared to CNN. “The official iPhone is too expensive.”

Source: CNN