Apple’s former head of federal sales, David Sobotta, thinks the company is finally ready to officially unveil the "real" iPhone (or whatever it’s called) and put rumors that have been clogging the blogosphere for years to rest.
With the much-anticipated Macworld Conference & Expo just days away, Sobotta recounts a meeting way back in 2002 between Steve Jobs and medical organization representatives keen on a Mac Tablet and/or Macberry for their industry. Jobs expressed no interest in the tablet (speculation why here), but did describe his vision of a converged device that "would need to fit in a shirt pocket . . . and be more compelling . . . than a phone or a computer is on their own."
There is, of course, already plenty of evidence (like this site) that an Apple phone is inevitable, but Sobotta’s additional tidbits, including Apple’s position with Samsung for some flash-memory love and past partnerships with Motorola and Sony Ericsson, provide further confirmation for good measure.[CNET News]