Rumors have circulated for years that Apple is going to re-enter the handheld market, despite the numerous times company executives have denied this.
While there has been no resurgence of this rumor lately, there have been unconfirmed reports that Apple is working on a mobile phone.
The latest of these comes from TreoMac, which is publishing a conversation between Tony Ricciardi, the site’s administrator, and an unnamed Motorola employee.
Reportedly, an Apple-branded phone is being circulated around this person’s Motorola office. This supposedly uses some Motorola components but carries the Apple logo.
This person did not see the Apple phone himself, but did have a few details. It is described as being “sleek and sexy,” which is to be expected from something bearing the Apple logo.
This prototype has some kind of memory card slot on top, and a USB 2.0 port on the bottom.
In addition, it supposedly has some connection to iTunes Apple’s online music store. Some experts have predicted that, in the future, mobile phones with built-in audio players may be the biggest competition to the iPod, Apple’s portable music player.
This phone also has the ability to display images from iPhoto, Apple’s image service.
Unfortunately, no further information on this device is available at this time.
What Wasn’t Mentioned
A feature that was notably absent from this description is any mention of iSync, which works with the Mac OS X Address Book and iCal to synchronize contacts and calendars between Bluetooth-enabled mobile phones.
There was also no mention of whether the device can run any kind of third-party applications.
While this information may seem plausible, Apple’s CEO Steve Jobs said as recently as this summer that his company isn’t going to release a smartphone or handheld.
Thanks to Engadget for the tip.