The Register schrijft dat er diverse aanwijzingen zijn dat Apple een op PalmOS gebaseerde handheld in voorbereiding heeft. Enige tijd geleden deed Apple een mislukte poging om de Palm divisie van 3Com over te kopen en inmiddels wordt PalmHotsync software nadrukkelijk ondersteund in MacOS 9 en OS X. De speculaties worden verder aangedikt met geruchten dat er op een Taiwanese produktielijn palms-met-appeltje zijn gesignaleerd:
That Apple and Palm Computing have a connection is clear: CEO Steve Jobs admitted some time back that he'd attempted to buy Palm from its then parent, 3Com. And at his keynote speech at last January's MacWorld Expo, Jobs introduced Palm CEO Carl Yankowski with the words: "[We've been] doing a lot of work with these guys lately."
And, don't forget, there were claims earlier this year that Apple-branded Palm devices had been spotted on a Taiwanese production line, though regular readers may recall we were pretty sceptical about them at the time.
All these hints don't, of course, clearly point to the existence of an 'iPalm', but it seems odd that Jobs would take such an interest in noting Palm's work with Apple if it was just about making sure Palm's HotSync software worked OK on a Mac. There do seem to be strong ties between MacOS X and Palm, specifically building synchronisation functionality into the upcoming OS, but does that warrant the kind of press Jobs has given the companies' co-operative efforts?