Notions of an iPod mobile phone continue to gain currency among the analysts.

Frost & Sullivan analyst Mukul Krishna thinks there's "a good chance" of such a device, saying: "Right now, Apple is testing the market, putting its toes in the water, and checking out the feasibility," a NewsFactor report claims.

These notions took an unexpected boost when analysts at Piper Jaffray recently predicted such a device, citing a 75 per cent certainty an Apple mobile will "debut in the next 12 months".

Morgan Stanley analysts also expect Apple to enter the market, according to the report.

Krishna expects such a phone to carry 512MB of flash storage for songs.

Last week, industry insiders at Taiwanese manufacturer BenQ claimed Apple to be looking for a partner to build a new range of iPod mobile phones.

Analyst Johnny Chan thinks Apple may hire Taiwan's Hon Hai Precision to build such a device, though Green Point Enterprises is also named as a possible manufacturer.