Every few months it becomes popular to find a small piece of evidence that supports the imminent release of an Apple PDA and blow it way out of proportion. Such is the case now, thanks to a misinterpreted article in eWeek that ran December 15th.
Here s the quote from the eWeek article that has everyone riled up:
I’ve seen the new Motorola smart phone running Microsoft’s platform, and I’ve heard of an Apple prototype making the rounds in
To clear up the confusion, I contacted the author to discuss his article. It s important to understand the context of this statement. First, the bit about an Apple prototype making the rounds. Apple prototypes have been making the rounds for years. We ve seen bogus designs, perhaps real ones as well, that have lead to speculation of an Apple PDA, rumors of Apple buying PalmSource the list goes on. So the author s commentary is more wishful excitement than proof of anything serious in the works. The second part regarding a surprise, I believe this to be meant a surprise in general, not an Apple surprise specifically. As we all do that follow the PDA market, we want to see what comes out next.
Apple will release a PDA, it s a certainty in my opinion. They have the ability to do so, it s just the how and when questions that must be answered. However, we won t see one at CES, MacWorld or any other major event in the next few months. I doubt we ll see one in 2004 but stranger things have happened.