High-Level Apple Executive Hints at iPod/Phone Combo

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For many months, rumors have been circulating on the Web that Apple is going to either release its own music-oriented smartphone or collaborate with another company to make such a device.

In a conference call Wednesday, Apple’s Chief Financial Officer Peter Oppenheimer said something that is sure to add fuel to the fire:

    “As regards cell phones, we don’t think that the phones that are available today make the best music players. We think the iPod is. But over time, that is likely to change. And we’re not sitting around doing nothing.”

Not surprisingly, Oppenheimer gave no details on Apple’s exact plans for an iPod/phone combination.

What the Rumors Say

Although rumors saying that Apple is going to release a handheld or smartphone have been around for years, in recently months these have increasingly come from ever more reliable sources.

For example, in March of this year, it was revealed that people working for smartphone-maker BenQ have said that Apple is indeed putting together an iPhone. BenQ won’t be producing this device, but its part suppliers have supposedly told BenQ employees about it.

But there’s also a rumor stating that Apple is working with another company to produce a smartphone with another company. This device — nick-named the AppleBerry — will supposedly include support for Apple’s iTunes music download service.

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