“Could Apple be working on the much-rumoured iPhone? It’s a rumour that refuses to go away and it’s just surfaced again courtesy of a chap called Tony Ricciardi who runs a site called TreoMac. A Macintosh consultant, he tells a story of a recent encounter with a Motorola employee who claimed that a prototype Apple-branded phone has been doing the rounds within Motorola, and that iTunes and iPhoto functionality would factor into it,” T3 Magazine reports.
“Apocryphal? Possibly. Exciting? Definitely, as long as it’s taken with a small pinch of salt. One way or another we can expect to learn the truth come MacWorld,” T3 Magazine reports. here.
Tony Ricciardi (TreoMac.com Admin) writes on the TreoMac.com “Gossip/Rumor” Forum, “I can throw a little more gas onto the Apple phone rumors. I was on a train this weekend, watching an episode of the Simpsons on my Treo600. The gentleman sitting across from me asked me how I liked the phone. I told him I loved it and we began a tech conversation. He mentioned that he worked for Motorola. I told him I was a Macintosh consultant, and then he dropped the bomb! ‘I’ve got a scoop for you’, he teased. “
Ricciardi, “Apparently some of his associates had been telling him earlier in the week about an Apple branded phone that had been circulating around the office at Motorola. The phone had Motorola components, but most certainly had Apple brandings on it. He said that he did not have a chance to handle the phone, but that his direct supervisor did. The phone was “sleek and sexy” in her words. He mentioned that there was talk amongst the people who had seen it that itunes and iphoto would factor into this device somehow. They also said that the phone had a slot on the top (media slot?) as well as what looked to be a usb 2.0 port on the bottom.”
Full forum thread here.
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